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  • Texas K9 cop attacks handler, shot dead by officer in Waco

    10/08/2018 4:53:25 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 48 replies
    NYDailyNews ^ | Oct 05, 2018 | Strm Gifford
    Police officers in Texas had a double dose of Friday drama when they arrived at a home to serve a search warrant and their accompanying K9 dog attacked a cop instead of the perp!
  • CDC investigating ‘brain eating amoeba’ at BSR Cable Park’s Surf Resort

    09/30/2018 5:38:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    KWTX ^ | Sat 10:36 PM, Sep 29, 2018 | Christy Soto
    Craine said one person from out of state who visited the park has been infected by the amoeba, and the CDC is trying to find the source. The Baylor Wakeboarding club team is scheduled to host a tournament next weekend at the surf resort.
  • Twin Peaks shootout cost has run into seven figures and state, has little to show for it’s effort.

    09/23/2018 5:53:09 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    Harley Liberty ^ | 9/23/2018 | Insane Throttle
    The total cost of the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout has run into the solid seven figures and the state, at least so far, has little to show for its effort, all the while realizing the final cost is not yet calculated for the defendants and in some cases may never be. McLennan County reports $1,317,835.96 in total identifiable costs related to Twin Peaks. Francis Bartlett, CPA, first assistant county auditor in McLennan County, said the county has received $914,058.07 in the form of grant reimbursements from various sources, leaving a net cost to date of $403,777.89. That figure does...
  • Casie Gotro say it’s not true! (Waco)

    09/19/2018 5:36:32 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    Harley Liberty ^ | 9/19/2018 | Insane Throttle
    Law license of former Twin Peaks attorney temporarily suspended Attorney Casie L. Gotro, of Houston, who was honored in June by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for her representation of a biker charged in the deadly May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout hasn’t been eligible to practice law in the state since Sept, 1, the State Bar of Texas confirmed Tuesday. Gotro’s dues, which were due on June 1, have not been paid, a State Bar spokesperson said Tuesday. She was given a three-month grace period in which to pay and was sent several notices, but the State Bar did...
  • Abel Reyna Is Watching You (Waco)

    09/18/2018 2:50:48 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    Lame duck District Attorney Abel Reyna continues his personal war against members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club who attended the Confederation of Club’s and Independents meeting at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17, 2015. Approximately 70 members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club and two Cossacks support clubs attended the meeting with the intention of intimidating members of the Bandidos, members of clubs that were friendly with the Bandidos and motorcycle enthusiasts who were not affiliated with any club. Multiple Cossacks in attendance at the event and Cossacks who were not at the event explained to police and the press...
  • Appeal: Judge Is Picking Law That Is ‘Convenient' (Waco)

    09/15/2018 12:28:50 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 9/14/2018
    Waco – A criminal district court judge is accused of picking and choosing what part of the law is convenient over that which is not in a murder case stemming from a biker shootout that occurred in this city more than three years ago. Lawyers for a Twin Peaks defendant alleged in court papers that 54thCriminal District Judge Matt Johnson failed to perform his ministerial duty to ensure due process when he refused to quash a superseding indictment for rioting returned by a Grand Jury under the same cause number as the original charge of engaging in organized criminal activity....
  • Judge: No Twin Peaks shootout cases to be held in his court under DA Reyna

    08/31/2018 5:42:06 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/31/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A judge, who said Friday he has been "troubled by the whole Twin Peaks matter from its inception," put off the trials of bikers in his court until after the first of the year because he wants the new McLennan County district attorney to review how the remaining Twin Peaks cases will be handled. Judge Ralph Strother, the morning after conducing a daylong pretrial hearing in Twin Peaks defendant Tom Modesto Mendez's first-degree felony riot case, decided on his own to postpone Mendez's trial, which was set to start Sept. 10. Strother denied a motion Thursday by Mendez's attorney to...
  • Waco Judge Does Right Thing

    08/31/2018 3:16:32 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 8/31/2018
    In a phone hearing this morning, before 7 a.m. Pacific Time, 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother in McLennan County Texas indefinitely continued the trial of Bandidos Motorcycle Club San Antonio chapter president Tom Modesto Mendez. Mendez had been scheduled to stand trial September 10. He is accused of first degree felony riot for allegedly participating in the so-called “Biker Brawl” at the now defunct Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17, 2015. The brawl erupted after a pack of about 20 Bandidos and their supporters were ambushed by about 70 members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club and their...
  • Lauren Daugherty opposes Pete Peterson for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Place 2(Waco)

    08/31/2018 5:01:51 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 8/30/2018
    Lauren Daugherty opposes Pete Peterson for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Place 2 in his first-ever contested election WACO – Ask the Libertarian candidate’s campaign manager, Stephen Carter. He’s going to say: “He’s not raising any money; he’s not campaigning; Twin Peaks is not popular, he isn’t, either…They got rid of the DA and they want to get rid of him.” Who he? Judge Pete “Smiley” Peterson, the guy who set bond on 177 politically active bikers at $1 million each on a cookie cutter affidavit signed by Manuel Chavez, a Waco Police detective who wasn’t there on May...
  • Reformers agree with Trump: Prosecutors really do abuse ‘flipping’

    08/30/2018 7:39:42 PM PDT · by TBP · 10 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 28, 2018 | Betsy McCaughey
    In the United States, people are supposed to be considered innocent until the government proves its case beyond a reasonable doubt in a courtroom. But with plea deals, there’s no standard of evidence, no proof. The Constitution’s guarantee of a fair trial is disappearing. “Federal criminal defendants are being coerced to plead guilty,” cautions the nonpartisan National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “There is no more heart wrenching task than explaining” to an innocent person that “they must seriously consider pleading guilty or risk the utter devastation of the remainder of their life.” Yet flipping has plenty of supporters. Peter...
  • Judge denies motion to quash Twin Peaks indictment (Waco)

    08/17/2018 5:31:30 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/17/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A McLennan County judge on Friday denied a motion from Twin Peaks defendant Marcus Pilkington to quash the May rioting indictment against him on procedural grounds. Judge Matt Johnson of Waco's 54th State District Court, who conducted a hearing July 27, issued his ruling in a brief order Friday, saying only that the motion is denied. Pilkington, 40, a Bandido from Mexia, was among 155 bikers initially indicted on engaging in organized criminal activity charges in the May 2015 shootout that left nine bikers dead and 20 injured. Prosecutors sought re-indictments May 9 against 24 bikers on new charges, including...
  • Biker indicted on charges from 2015 Twin Peaks shooting asks for new attorney (Waco)

    08/14/2018 7:42:24 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 32 replies
    KXXV ^ | 8/13/2018 | Kendall Green
    A biker who was indicted on murder charges over the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout asked for a new lawyer on Monday. Tom Mendez, a defendant, told court officials that he would like to change his lawyer in the Twin Peaks trial. The judge and the prosecuting lawyers were not happy about these developments, however, after they presented more evidence against Mendez he said it had to be done. The judge has authorized that another attorney is added to the defense, but will not withdraw the sitting attorney from the trial. Jaime Pena is the attorney Mendez requested after prosecutors develop...
  • MCAD faces lawsuits from large commercial and industrial properties (Waco)

    08/07/2018 3:53:49 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/6/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The owners of a dozen commercial or industrial properties have filed lawsuits against the McLennan County Appraisal District, challenging this year’s appraisals as unfair, excessive and not equal to similar properties. Mars Chocolate North America, formerly M&M Mars candy company; Wrigley Manufacturing, a Mars subsidiary; Walmart and its subsidiary, Sam’s; Hollywood Theaters; Walgreens; Harvest Lakeshore Estates Retirement Center; Brazos Village Apartments; and Grayhawkesdene L.P. are among companies that have filed lawsuits since the middle of June challenging their appraisals. “It is pretty much a common thing,” Drew Hahn, MCAD chief appraiser, said of the lawsuits. “We will have to look...
  • Evidence Fireworks, Dead Ahead, In Bandido’s Trial (Waco)

    08/06/2018 7:58:13 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    Exculpatory evidence only recently obtained – after 39 long months – indicates that the state will use DNA markers from a sweatshirt and a swab of Mr. Mendez’ mouth to place him on the scene of a murder during the “melee” that was triggered when Aryan Circle members of the Cossacks MC confronted the Bandits with guns drawn over their intentions to park their scooters at the Confederation of Clubs meeting--- ---Metzger’s motion alleges Mendez was not wearing the sweatshirt. Secondly, the DNA swab obtained during a court appearance was not legally provided, according to the arguments of a lineup...
  • Hollow Twin Peaks Cases Could End, Not With A Bang But A Whimper (Waco)

    08/05/2018 6:10:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 15 replies
    BOOK OF WACO – BY CHAPTER, VERSE, NUMBERS AND ACTSBelleville – Leaden rain clouds faked a threat to douse sun-drenched blades of coastal salt grass as a lazy Saturday world rolled by the front porch of Newman’s Bakery. Harleys in heat, customized pickups, volunteer fire trucks sporting Glass Packs, and flatulent diesels roared their way up the hill to make the obligatory two-lane blacktop circuit of the Courthouse Square while trial lawyer Paul Looney held his weekly free legal clinic. Situated on a trident fork on the way to everywhere at the corner of State Highways 36, 159 and FM...
  • Waco, Texas Justice Cabal

    08/05/2018 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    The Waco, Texas justice cabal is a little farther from a conviction in the Waco Twin Peaks Mass Murder today than it was yesterday. The only defendant to be tried in the case so far is Christopher Jacob Carrizal. Carrizal is the president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club’s Dallas chapter. After very many delays Carrizal had to endure a six-week trial last fall. Mostly what the prosecutors in that case were able to prove was that Carrizal is a Bandido, he likes being a Bandido and in 2015 he did not self-censor every text message he sent or forwarded to...
  • Twin Peaks defendant asks for postponement of Aug. 27 trial (Waco)

    08/03/2018 6:43:33 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/3/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for the next Twin Peaks shootout defendant scheduled for trial asked a judge Friday to postpone his trial date, set now for Aug. 27. Judge Ralph Strother of Waco's 19th State District Court, who was perturbed by the 11th-hour request, took the matter under advisement and set another hearing for biker Tom Modesto Mendez for Aug. 13. Mendez, the Bandidos San Antonio chapter president, is represented by Mark Metzger, of Galveston. Mendez is charged with riot, a first-degree felony, in the May 2015 biker brawl at Twin Peaks that left nine dead and 20 injured. Metzger and prosecutors...
  • No Justice In Waco Texas

    08/01/2018 7:01:02 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    Harley Liberty ^ | 8/1/2018 | Insane Throttle
    Roll up your sleeves because the truth is getting deep. The Dead Duck District Attorney Able Reyna is clinging on to power as we gladly watch the walls of lies and corruption come tumbling down. Able Reyna had in mind for his future sight on Texas Attorney General or Texas Governor back in 2015, until he lost the primary election in Spring of 2018. He wanted the notoriety that he would be the first elected public official to take down” Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs” by the droves. Instead what we see here is the first Elected Official that will go down...
  • State, Carrizal seek delay in Twin Peaks shootout retrial (Waco)

    07/28/2018 4:02:28 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 7/27/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Prosecutors and an attorney for Jacob Carrizal have agreed to postpone the retrial of the Twin Peaks biker shootout defendant, which had been set for Sept. 10. In a joint motion for a continuance, Robert Moody, McLennan County first assistant district attorney, and Chris Lewis, Carrizal’s attorney, cite the volume of evidence Lewis needs more time to review, plus evidence federal prosecutors have agreed to share from the trial of two former Bandidos national leaders that both sides want to see. Lewis signed on to represent Carrizal, the Dallas Bandidos chapter president, shortly after Carrizal’s first trial ended in a...
  • New Indictments “Under Advisement” – Twin Peaks (Waco)

    07/27/2018 2:37:10 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 11 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 7/27/2018
    Waco – 54th Criminal District Judge Matt Johnson sounded curious when he had heard the arguments from the State and Defense counsel regarding re-indicting felony offenses under the same cause number. “When I was an Assistant District Attorney,” the Judge said, “any time you got a new indictment, you got a new cause number.” That’s the letter of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, and it’s there to prevent any possibility of a defendant having to answer a charge in double jeopardy – a violation of civil rights. Prosecutors explained the policy in use in the McLennan District Attorney’s Office...