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  • Waco corn stand robbed (TX)

    02/21/2017 9:12:45 AM PST · by bgill · 11 replies ^ | Feb. 20, 2017 | Tommy Witherspoon
    Police say two women wearing stockings over their faces pulled a pistol at Elotes Mignelito, 801 N. 25th St., pointed it at stand operators and demanded cash. The women left in a silver Dodge Charger after getting cash from the stand. A witness followed the women to North 18th Street and Colcord Avenue, where one of the suspects started firing a paintball gun at the witness.
  • Federal Agents Recall Branch Davidian Shootout 24 Years Ago

    02/19/2017 2:51:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 88 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 2/19
    Nearly 24 years after the Branch Davidian standoff began near Waco, some federal agents are opening up about their experiences that resulted in the worst day in the history of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and ultimately the deaths of some 70 people inside the compound more than seven weeks later. "I've decided I'm never going to forget, and I owe it to the guys who were killed to tell their story," ATF Agent Gary Orchowski told the Houston Chronicle in a story published Sunday. Four agents were killed Feb. 28, 1993, when more than 130 ATF...
  • Waco Day 639

    02/13/2017 5:53:01 PM PST · by Elderberry · 86 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 2/13/2017
    The various criminal and civil cases associated with the Waco Twin Peaks bloodbath 639 days ago remain fossilized and nobody – certainly not the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas – gives a damn. It has been a year, eight months and 28 days since the illegal, mass arrests. The ACLU’s stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” But the disillusioning truth is that the ACLU is just another meetup group for sanctimonious law school grads. And, for the...
  • Kremlin says it wants apology from Fox News over Putin comments

    02/06/2017 5:55:19 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 181 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/06/17
    The Kremlin said on Monday it wanted an apology from Fox News over what it said were "unacceptable" comments one of the channel's presenters made about Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump. Fox News host Bill O'Reilly described Putin as "a killer" in the interview with Trump as he tried to press the U.S. president to explain more fully why he respected his Russian counterpart. O'Reilly did not say who he thought Putin had killed. "We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would...
  • Biker-Defendant Looks to Remove Waco DA Abel Reyna From the Case

    02/02/2017 8:08:43 PM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    Texas Lawyer ^ | 2/1/2017 | Miriam Rozen, Texas Lawyer
    BEFORE he was elected in 2011 to serve as the McLennanCounty district attorney, Abel Reyna represented criminal defense clients for 13 years. So Reyna, not surprisingly, offers an opinion—or two—about the strategies of a criminal defense lawyer who represents one of the 155 bikers who was indicted based on charges stemming from a May 17, 2015, shootout in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas. "There is no way in hell I would be a part of those shenanigans," Reyna said about criminal defense lawyer Clint Broden of Broden & Mickelsen in Dallas. So what are...
  • ATF Elimination Act Re-introduced in the House

    01/22/2017 6:17:20 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 January 2017 | Bob Adelmann
    In re-introducing the ATF Elimination Act on Thursday, January 12, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) explained one of the primary reasons why: “The ATF is a scandal-ridden, largely duplicative agency that has been branded by failure and lacks a clear mission. It is plagued by backlogs, funding gaps, hiring challenges, and a lack of leadership.”Not once did he explain the real reason the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF for short) should be eliminated: There is no provision anywhere in the Constitution that grants the federal government the powers the ATF exercises.Sensenbrenner’s original bill was introduced on March 4,...
  • 'Bikers for Trump' to Form 'Wall of Meat' If Inauguration Protests Get Out of Hand

    01/14/2017 1:29:49 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2017
    The founder of Bikers For Trump told "Fox & Friends" his organization will, if need be, form a "wall of meat" to protect citizens attending President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday from protesters and the like.Chris Cox said thousands of bikers from across the country are going to converge on the District of Columbia to prevent any violence or wrongdoing at the event. Cox said he has full faith in the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington as well as the Capitol Police and U.S. Park Police, but will be standing by, should things get out of hand.In that case,...
  • First trial over 2015 biker shootout that killed 9 in Waco is set for April

    01/04/2017 6:49:30 PM PST · by Elderberry · 61 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 1/1/2017
    WACO — The first trial over a Central Texas gunfight involving rival motorcycle gangs that left nine people dead, 20 others hurt and more than 150 bikers charged is now set for April, 23 months after the 2015 shootout. "In complex cases, it's not uncommon for the trial to occur 18 months to two years after the alleged incident occurred," 54th District Judge Matt Johnson, who will preside over some of the trials, told the Waco Tribune-Herald. "It's not like we had a shortage of cases before Twin Peaks came along," 19th District Judge Ralph Strother, who also will handle...
  • Repent Waco Before It’s Too Late

    12/11/2016 5:54:12 AM PST · by Elderberry · 90 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 12/9/2016
    It is no longer possible to be subtle or merely ironic about this. Abel Reyna is a lying son of a bitch who is making a career of obstructing justice. He is an embarrassment to himself, his family, the city of Waco, the state of Texas and to every prosecutor who doesn’t work for Kim Jong-un. Compared to Reyna, Angela Corey is Learned Hand. He is a disgrace to Baylor University, where he attended law school, and considering its recent history as the Baptist University where football players get a pass to rape, Baylor is almost impossible to further disgrace...
  • First trial date set for Twin Peaks biker as mounds of discovery evidence roll in

    11/07/2016 4:02:53 PM PST · by Elderberry · 88 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 11/5/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    San Antonio attorney Tom Clarke is concerned that James Rosas will become a “lightning rod” as the first Twin Peaks biker to stand trial, but Clarke said his client didn’t do anything wrong and someone needs to draw a line in the sand. Almost 18 months after the shootout between rival biker groups left nine dead and two dozen injured, Rosas has become the first of 154 bikers indicted in the May 17, 2015, incident to receive a trial date. Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court set Rosas’ trial on first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity...
  • Janet Reno, First Female US Attorney General, Dies at 78

    11/07/2016 7:52:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 7, 2016
    Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, has died. She was 78. Reno died early Monday from complications of Parkinson’s disease, her goddaughter Gabrielle D’Alemberte said. D’Alemberte said Reno spent her final days at home in Miami surrounded by family and friends. Reno, a former Miami prosecutor who famously told reporters “I don’t do spin,” served nearly eight years as attorney general under President Bill Clinton, the longest stint in a century.
  • reg. Janet Reno: Historians DO speak ill of the dead [aw!m vanity]

    11/07/2016 4:26:16 AM PST · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 87 replies
    Janet Reno was a wicked old hag. I saw Janet Reno during congressional hearings. She was the most uninspired repetitive stonewaller I ever heard in my life. She kept repeating the same phrase, something along the lines: “I cannot comment on this because it’s part of an ongoing investigation.” She might have made a world record using that tactic. Thanks to her the Clintons managed to steal billions from Haiti, sell watered down AIDS medication to third world countries, transfer 20 percent of our uranium mines to Russian ownership, etc. Reno enabled that by being so corrupt back in the...
  • Janet Reno, former U.S. attorney general, dies at 78

    11/07/2016 4:00:41 AM PST · by LittleSpotBlog · 91 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/7/16 | Stephanie Hanes
    Janet Reno, the strong-minded Florida prosecutor tapped by Bill Clinton to become the country’s first female U.S. attorney general, and who shaped the U.S. government’s responses to the largest legal crises of the 1990s, died early Monday at her home in Miami. She was 78.
  • Janet Reno, Former US Attorney General, Had Died

    11/07/2016 1:21:27 AM PST · by ColdOne · 109 replies ^ | 11/7/16 | curt anderson/ap
    Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, has died. She was 78. Reno's goddaughter, Gabrielle D'Alemberte, says Reno died early Monday from complications of Parkinson's disease. Reno was one of the Clinton administration's most recognizable and polarizing figures. She faced criticism early in her tenure for the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian
  • Waco Day 537

    11/04/2016 7:35:27 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 27 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 11/3/2016
    Five more victims of the Great Twin Peaks Massacre Coverup filed suit Wednesday against former Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco police detective Manuel Chavez, McLennan County, Texas District Attorney Abelino “Abel” Reyna and John Doe, “an employee of the Texas Department of Public Safety that is” as of Wednesday “unnamed.” Twenty-two civil rights lawsuits for false arrest and imprisonment have now been filed against Stroman, Chavez, Reyna and Doe. The new complainants are Walter and Ester Weaver, Michael and Sandra Lynch and Julie Perkins. Complainants Ester Weaver, a member of the women’s only Queens of Sheeba Motorcycle Club was...
  • Hillary Clinton and the Chain of Command at Waco

    10/23/2016 4:35:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 23, 2014 | David T. Hardy
    Many politicians have a skeleton in their closet. Hillary Clinton has a cemetery, with a sign reading “Waco.” The 1993 Waco showdown began when federal authorities rushed the communal home of a religious group, killing six of them, and losing four agents in return. The FBI then besieged the place with tanks and other armored vehicles, and ended up with the armored vehicles punching holes in the building, and injecting massive quantities of CS “tear gas.” When that didn’t work, the tanks began to demolish the building, eventually smashing about a quarter of it and damaging the remainder. A fire...
  • City, county get more than $500,000 to cover Twin Peaks shootout costs

    10/02/2016 2:48:01 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/1/2016 | CASSIE L. SMITH
    Local entities will get more than half a million dollars in outside money to cover costs associated with last year’s deadly Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, officials said. McLennan County has accepted a state grant of more than $268,000, and the city has gotten an almost $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. County commissioners will meet Tuesday to officially accept the state money. County staff had applied for a grant from the state’s County Essential Services Program. It offers reimbursements of costs a county incurs for the investigation or prosecution of capital murder or crimes committed because of...
  • Waco Case Deadlines

    09/25/2016 4:54:39 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 9/19/2016
    It is unlikely that any of the Waco Twin Peaks criminal conspiracy cases will be resolved before Monday, July 31, 2017. That is the date when federal prosecutors now must present their witness lists to defense attorneys in a federal racketeering case titled United States v. Portillo et al. That indictment in that case never once mentions the Waco biker brawl of May 17, 2015 but charges former Bandidos vice president John Xavier Portillo, former club president Jeffrey Fay Pike, sergeant at arms Justin Cole Forster and club member Frederick Cortez with “various overt racketeering acts including…War with Cossacks Outlaw...
  • Twin Peaks attorneys want to know who's paying DA's legal bills

    09/22/2016 6:58:57 AM PDT · by Wneighbor · 21 replies
    KWTX news ^ | 9/21/2016 | Paul J. Gately
    WACO, Texas (KWTX) A question about who is paying legal bills for District Attorney Abel Reyna could delay a decision about whether Reyna should be disqualified from prosecuting Twin Peaks biker cases. Dallas attorney Clinton F. Broden, on behalf of his client Matthew Clendennen, of Hewitt, filed a motion in 54th District Court on Tuesday, asks District Judge Matt Johnson to force Reyna to answer their questions or, failing that, to hold a new hearing on the matter. Reyna called Broden’s new motion frivolous. “This is yet another motion without merit and an attempt at delay,” Reyna said Wednesday. During...
  • Bikers ask judge to order Reyna to answer financial questions about Twin Peaks lawsuits

    09/20/2016 6:28:48 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 9/20/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A decision about whether McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna will be disqualified from prosecuting Twin Peaks biker cases likely will be delayed because Reyna refuses to answer questions about who is picking up his legal tab for civil lawsuits. Attorneys for two bikers indicted in the May 17, 2015, shootout between rival groups filed a motion Tuesday asking 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to compel Reyna to answer the questions or to hold another hearing to resolve the dispute. Johnson ordered the parties to get together after a hearing in August to work through questions that Reyna would...
  • Grand jury clears 3 Waco officers in Twin Peaks shootout

    09/14/2016 7:31:19 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 45 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 9/14/2016
    Three Waco police officers were cleared Wednesday of wrongdoing in the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout that left nine people dead and 18 wounded. “Our department, along with numerous local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, has worked tirelessly on the still ongoing investigation of Twin Peaks,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said in a statement. “We have completed an exhaustive internal investigation on the officer involved portion of the incident which was reviewed by the Texas Rangers. The three officers have been cleared by the investigation, and the action of the grand jury affirms those findings.” The...
  • Waco Punishment Continues

    09/13/2016 7:22:08 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 24 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 9/12/2016
    What has always been most despicable about the Twin Peaks tragedy is that a little clique or hick politicians have been allowed to violate the contract that has always existed between Americans and their government. We owe our government our loyalty, obedience and sometimes the blood of our sons. Our government owes us our basic human rights including, but not limited to, our liberty and our property. The notion that the English speaking peoples should only be punished when they break the law rather than at the whim of some bloated toad like McLennan County prosecutor Abelino Reyna was first...
  • Waco Day 475

    09/03/2016 7:05:37 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 10 replies
    Whether the truth about what part police played in encouraging the biker brawl in the parking lot of the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant will ever be known or not now depends on the wisdom or foolishness, the cynicism or idealism and the intelligence or stupidity of an elected Dallas judge named Jim Jordan. Jordan is the distinguished looking fellow in the photo above. He was previously, briefly famous for allowing the Boston Red Sox to buy the Liverpool Football Club over the objections of a Dallas gazillionaire who also hoped to own a professional soccer team in an exotic foreign...
  • Waco Catch-22

    08/27/2016 6:04:00 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 8/26/2016
    Joseph Heller coined the term “Catch-22” in a novel about bomber crews in World War II. It described a set of Army Air Force regulations that exempted crazy people from flying combat missions. The catch was you had to apply for the exemption. And trying to get out of combat proved you weren’t crazy. In the last 55 years the term has become a catchy way to describe any double bind – which is a logical dilemma that requires someone to correctly answer two questions. And, a correct answer to either one automatically means a wrong answer to the other....
  • Hearing to disqualify district attorney from Twin Peaks shootout cases recessed

    08/09/2016 5:03:34 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 20 replies ^ | 8/9/2016 | Estephany Escobar
    WACO, TX (KXXV) - On Monday afternoon, McLennan County 54th District judge Matt Johnson recessed a hearing that would determine whether to disqualify McLennan County District Attorney and some members of his office from prosecuting the Twin Peaks shootout cases. The hearing happened after defense attorneys filed a motion for disqualification on behalf of Ray Nelson and Matthew Clendennen, two of the 177 bikers arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity after the Twin Peaks shootout that left nine dead and dozens injured on May 17, 2015. The motion Clint Broden filed on behalf of Clendennen alleges District...
  • Judge: Prosecutor has 'substantial' stake in Waco biker case

    08/08/2016 7:22:39 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 26 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/7/2016
    WACO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has questioned whether the Texas district attorney prosecuting bikers arrested in a deadly melee outside a Waco restaurant has a conflict of interest because he's also being sued for his handling of the shootout that left nine people dead. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks also said it "makes one wonder" why 154 bikers were indicted following the May 2015 shootout outside the now-closed Twin Peaks restaurant, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported Sunday ( ). Sparks did not ask attorneys to respond to that comment during a June hearing in Austin, according to a transcript...
  • Federal judge suggests DA Reyna has conflict in Twin Peaks cases

    08/07/2016 8:04:24 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 10 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/6/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A federal judge hearing civil rights lawsuits filed against McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna and others by bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout suggested the bikers’ criminal cases can’t proceed until Reyna is replaced because of a conflict of interest. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks made several references during a pretrial conference in Austin that seemed to question whether Reyna, as a defendant in the civil cases, has a financial interest at stake and should be disqualified from prosecuting criminal cases against the bikers. Fifteen bikers arrested along with more than 160 others after the deadly May 17,...
  • Got Sonar

    08/05/2016 3:46:07 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    The multiple, parallel cases and investigations associated with the now nearly forgotten Twin Peaks biker brawl on May 17, 2015 are all underway in caves deep below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. The “Battle of Twin Peaks,” as its self-dramatizing chief prosecutor likes to call it, has so far resulted in: Fifteen federal civil rights lawsuits for false arrest; the indictment of 154 people who are mostly, provably, obviously innocent; ongoing criminal investigations against 38 people who were arrested following the brawl but whom the district attorney has not yet had time to indict; five lawsuits that argue...
  • Lawyers in Twin Peaks case say DA should be disqualified

    07/19/2016 5:01:31 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 43 replies ^ | 7/18/2016 | Paul J. Gately
    Two Dallas-area lawyers who represent bikers in the pending Twin Peaks shootout trial are asking two judges to disqualify the district attorney and appoint a special prosecutor. Nine bikers died and 20 more were injured in the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs and law enforcement officers at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant. Attorneys Clinton F. Broden and Mick Mickelsen both says District Attorney Abel Reyna should be disqualified from hearing the cases because he has a financial interest in the case, Broden said in a news release Monday. Reyna wasn’t immediately available for comment. Broden is representing Matthew...
  • Two more bikers file suit over Twin Peaks arrests

    07/15/2016 7:14:22 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 42 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 7/15/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Two more bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco filed a civil rights lawsuit Friday, claiming they were improperly arrested with no evidence of wrongdoing and denied due process. Christopher Eaton and Owen Bartlett, both members of the Los Pirados Motorcycle Club, bring the total of bikers who have filed civil lawsuits to 15. The lawsuit lists Eaton as a Dallas County resident and says Bartlett is from McLennan County and names McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez and an unnamed Department of Public Safety agent as defendants....
  • The War on Cops-An interview with Heather Mac Donald

    07/15/2016 5:17:55 AM PDT · by SJackson
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | July 15, 2016 | Mark Tapson
    The War on Cops An interview with Heather Mac Donald. July 15, 2016 Mark Tapson    Heather Mac Donald will be discussing her book The War on Cops at the Horowitz Freedom Center’s Wednesday Morning Club luncheon at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills next Wednesday, July 20th. For more information, click here. There is no more important book to read right now than Heather Mac Donald’s clear-eyed, riveting new work The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. You cannot fully get to the core of the truth about the...
  • Bikers for Trump to Patrol Cleveland During RNC Convention; ‘Vets Are Our Backbone’

    07/13/2016 6:05:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 60 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 07/13/16 | Dustin Stockton
    A large group of patriotic motorcycle enthusiasts will be among the visitors to Cleveland Ohio next week for the Republican National Committee meeting that will nominate business mogul Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee for President of the United States. Bikers for Trump aren’t going to Cleveland looking to cause trouble but will be on hand to counter thousands of professional leftwing agitators planning to disrupt the Republican nominating convention. “We will be there to make sure that the delegates are allowed to exercise their right to peacefully assemble,” Bikers for Trump organizer Chris Cox told Breitbart News...
  • Suing City Hall

    06/22/2016 8:27:39 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 19 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 6/21/2016
    Last week, the two corrupt Waco cops currently being sued for false arrest in 13 civil rights cases in federal court in Austin begged District Court Judge Sam Sparks to freeze the case until all the state criminal cases associated with the Twin Peaks biker brawl on May 17, 2015 are completed. The two corrupt Waco cops are retiring Police Chief Brent Stroman and Detective Manuel Chavez. They, along with McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna and “John Doe, an employee of the Texas Department of Public Safety,” are being sued for false arrest. And last week their lawyers, Charlie...
  • Biker Groups Will Protect Supporters at Trump’s Phoenix Rally

    06/18/2016 3:30:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 18, 2016 | Jack Davis
    In the wake of violence waged against supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at past rallies, two biker groups will be on hand at Saturday’s Trump rally in Phoenix to allow citizens to exercise their rights in peace. “We’re going to stand between them and any protesters that come onto the property and hopefully protect them from any bodily harm, should it get to that point,” said Cindy Perrin of Lions Guard Arizona. She said the group is made up of veterans, retired police officers and others. They were joined by Riders USA, said Kirtis Baxter, president of the...
  • Hearing to disqualify DA from Twin Peaks shootout case postponed

    06/17/2016 7:21:57 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/10/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Two Waco police officers who are unavailable to testify Monday have forced the postponement of a hearing at which a biker arrested in the Twin Peaks shootout is seeking to disqualify McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna from prosecuting the cases. The hearing, originally set for Monday in Waco’s 54th State District Court, was rescheduled Friday for Aug. 8. Houston attorney Abigail Anastasio, who represents biker Ray Nelson, filed the motion in March, saying Reyna and two of his top assistants, Michael Jarrett and Mark Parker, should be disqualified because they could be potential witnesses in the case. Anastasio charges...
  • Texas' top criminal court blocks Waco biker case gag order

    06/16/2016 7:17:42 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/16/2016
    WACO, Texas – Texas' highest criminal court reversed a gag order Wednesday in the case of one of the nearly 200 bikers arrested after a police-involved shooting last year outside a Waco restaurant that left nine dead. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals released the decision a year after a lawsuit was filed by Matthew Clendennen against the city of Waco, the local district attorney and the Waco police officer who drafted a warrant for his arrest. Clendennen, a landscape-lighting designer from nearby Hewitt, argued that the warrant lacked probable cause. The gag order, which was requested by prosecutors, barred...
  • Three more bikers file civil lawsuits over arrests after Twin Peaks shootout

    06/06/2016 6:33:05 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/5/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Three more bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco filed a civil rights lawsuit Friday, claiming they were improperly arrested and denied due process. Thereon Rhoten, Jonathan Lopez and Ryan William Craft, all members of the Vice Grip Motorcycle Club from Travis County, bring the total of bikers who have filed civil lawsuits to 13. All 13 filed suit in federal court in Austin and all are represented by Dallas attorney Don Tittle, who successfully represented nine sheriff’s deputies who sued McLennan County and Sheriff Parnell McNamara on claims they were retaliated against for backing McNamara’s political opponent....
  • Officers involved in Twin Peaks shootings still on administrative duty

    06/05/2016 7:44:46 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 28 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/28/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The three Waco police officers who fired shots during the Twin Peaks shootout remain on administrative duties more than a year after the incident that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 wounded. Waco police who are involved in shootings historically are placed on administrative leave with pay until they are cleared by department internal reviews and a grand jury inquiry. In cases not promptly presented to a grand jury, officers have been taken off administrative leave, where they don’t come to work at all, and assigned to administrative duties, where they are put behind a desk or in...
  • 3 more bikers file federal civil suits over Twin Peaks arrests

    05/23/2016 7:12:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 56 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | May 20, 2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Three bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco have joined the ranks of seven others who are suing McLennan County, Waco and state officials, alleging civil rights violations. Bradley Terwilliger, of Bastrop County, and Benjamin Matcek and Jimmy Dan Smith, both of Burleson County, are seeking unspecified damages in their lawsuit, filed Friday in a Travis County federal court. Like others before it, the lawsuit names McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez and an unnamed Department of Public Safety agent as defendants. Reyna did not return phone messages...
  • One Year After Shootout, Waco’s Bikers Struggle to Move On

    05/21/2016 4:08:54 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 17, 2016 | MANNY FERNANDEZ and DAVID MONTGOMERY
    WACO, Tex. — One year ago Tuesday, law enforcement officials here broke up one of the biggest and deadliest clashes of motorcycle gangs in the country. Gunfire erupted outside a Twin Peaks restaurant at a meeting of a regional coalition of motorcycle clubs after an altercation between two rival groups, the Bandidos and the Cossacks. So many bikers were arrested — nearly 200 — that officials used the Waco Convention Center for initial processing. Police have said that the bikers, who attacked one another and fired on police officers, were part of “a gang-oriented criminal element” that had brought a...
  • Lawyer seeks to remove DA from Twin Peaks cases

    05/20/2016 7:21:13 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/17/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna should be disqualified from prosecuting cases arising from the Twin Peaks biker shootout because he overstepped his authority by “commandeering” the investigation, a Houston attorney said Tuesday. “There is a big difference between advising and commandeering,” attorney Abigail Anastasio said. Anastasio represents Ray Nelson, 42, president of the Hill County Cossacks and one of 154 bikers indicted in the May 17, 2015, shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 wounded. She filed a motion Tuesday in Waco’s 54th State District Court seeking to disqualify Reyna and...
  • 12 key unanswered questions Waco biker case

    05/18/2016 7:48:38 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 28 replies ^ | 5/16/2016 | Dane Schiller
    1. Who started this? It is unclear what exactly set off the mayhem at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17, 2015, and what escalated an apparent argument into a gunfight. All told, nine people were killed in the gunfire and about two dozen were wounded. 2. Why did the Cossacks Motorcycle Club go to Twin Peaks that day? The organization that was meeting was run by the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. The Cossacks, a rival club, had not been invited to the regional meeting. 3. If the Cossacks and Bandidos motorcycle clubs wanted to settle a score, why...
  • 'Outlaw bikers' open up about clubs, culture and deadly Waco shootout

    05/16/2016 7:27:22 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | May 15, 2016 | Ann O'Neill, Ed Lavandera
    >snip How this story was reported Bikers who might never have considered talking to outsiders before Waco recently spoke with CNN. Some were in the thick of the violence, others were hundreds of miles away. Most face serious prison time. CNN also obtained voluminous documentation, including witness statements, and hours of video evidence from Waco police dash cams, as well as a cameras police set up in the restaurant parking lot. CNN also obtained and reviewed videos from the Twin Peaks surveillance cameras. That evidence, along with interviews with experts and bikers from both clubs, form the basis of the...
  • CNN to air special about Waco biker shootout

    05/14/2016 6:51:38 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | 5/13/2016 | Robert Philpot
    It hardly seems like nearly a year has gone by since a biker shootout at a Waco Twin Peaks made national news, but the first anniversary of the deadly event is this Tuesday. On Monday, CNN will commemorate this with a CNN Special Report, Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout.” Maybe it’s just us, but isn’t “brawl” too weak a word for a Sunday-afternoon gunfight in which nine men were killed, more than a dozen were wounded and 177 were arrested? Ed Lavandera of CNN’s Dallas bureau, who has been reporting on this for the past year, will anchor the...
  • "Extremely Dangerous" IED Found Under Bridge In Texas

    05/04/2016 9:08:04 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 45 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 5.4 | zerohedge
    According to KCEN TV, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives blasted water on the container found just outside Rosebud off Farm to Market Road 1963. Rosebud, about 40 miles southeast of Waco, is home to about 1,400 people. Flammable liquid and shotgun shells were found inside the container, according to Sheriff Parnell McNamara. He said the IED was designed to blow shrapnel and would have been "extremely dangerous" had it gone off. "Someone had made this to create lots of damage and harm," McNamara said.
  • County’s attorney wants limit on access to public information without compensation [Waco]

    04/25/2016 7:50:56 AM PDT · by don-o · 6 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | April 23, 2016 | CASSIE L. SMITH
    In October, the Texas Attorney General’s Office notified the county that District Attorney Abel Reyna had violated the Texas Public Information Act after failing to provide text messages related to the DA’s response to the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. Gates had filed the request and at the time said the DA’s office finally gave him a portion of the information, but not until after two attorney general’s opinions, a complaint and a ruling that the office violated the Texas Public Information Act.
  • Local Texas Governments Defy Law to Protect Gun Bans

    04/21/2016 3:34:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2015, the Texas legislature passed a change in Texas statutes that prohibited government entities from posting signs to ban people who legally carried guns in areas where they are not banned by Texas law.  From the Texas statute 411.209: (a)  A state agency or a political subdivision of the state may not provide notice by a communication described by Section 30.06, Penal Code, or by any sign expressly referring to that law or to a concealed handgun license, that a license holder carrying a handgun under the authority of this subchapter is prohibited from entering or remaining on...
  • Oklahoma City Remembers 21 Years After Deadly Murrah Federal Bombing

    04/19/2016 2:24:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Tuesday morning, people across the state and country will take time to remember the 168 lives that were lost 21 years ago. On April 19, 1995, a bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, destroying much of the nine-story structure. While the scars have healed since that day, the memories are still fresh in the minds of so many. Today, we honor those 168 lives lost, but not forgotten. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum hosts the 21st Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday. During the program, 168 seconds of silence will be observed...
  • Reyna Is Blameless (Waco Twin Peaks Prosecutor)

    04/15/2016 7:44:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | April 12, 2016 | Aging Rebel
    McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna finally responded to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Waco defendant Matt Clendennen yesterday. The suit was filed on November 17, 2015 and is one of nine similar suits filed that day or the next by defendants charged with “Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity with the Intent to Commit or Conspire to Commit Murder, Capital Murder, or Aggravated Assault” in the aftermath of what Clendennen is calling the “Twin Peaks Incident” and Reyna is calling “The Battle at Twin Peaks.” The plaintiffs are represented by Dallas attorney Don Tittle or Dallas attorney Clint...
  • The Troubling Prosecution of Waco Bikers

    04/12/2016 11:21:32 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 12, 2016 | Conor Friedersdorf
    In Waco, Texas, authorities are still using a gag order to suppress evidence of what happened during the May 15, 2015, melee where 9 bikers were killed, some by the same caliber bullets used by police officers who fired their weapons that day. And newly available video underscores the likelihood that injustices are being perpetrated. The carnage began after a fight broke out at a regional gathering of motorcycle clubs, including the Cossacks and the Bandidos, who started brawling in the parking lot. There is no doubt that some bikers bear much blame. The violence escalated quickly, but the parties...