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1st murder charges filed in 2015 biker shooting in Texas

Three members of the Bandidos motorcycle club were indicted on murder charges Wednesday stemming from a chaotic 2015 shooting that involved police and members of another biker club outside a restaurant in Waco, Texas.

Family of teen who died in crash demands activist stop using boy’s name, photo

The family of 15-year-old Ryan Holyk, who was killed in an incident involving a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy last year, has demanded that a local motorcycle club stop using their son’s name and photos in a political campaign against Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Holyk was crossing Sprague Avenue on his bicycle at Vista Road when Deputy Joseph Bodman sped by in his patrol SUV. Bodman was going more than 70 mph in a 35 mph zone without his emergency lights on. Holyk was crossing against a red light at about 10:30 p.m. May 23, 2014.

Protest targeting patrol cars draws warning from sheriff

A protest group’s plan to toss volleyballs in front of police cars to draw attention to what it considers a law enforcement cover-up in the death of a Spokane Valley teen has drawn a strong warning from Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. “I am very concerned about this,” Knezovich said Wednesday, disputing the cover-up assertions and questioning the motives of the group’s leadership. “This is very serious to us and an extreme danger to the public.”

Joe home for holidays thanks to Misfits car club

The grainy security camera video shows a man behind the bar at Flamin’ Joe’s on East Sprague Avenue. He grabs a stack of promotional stickers and patches them all over his body, including his forehead. He rustles around the closed restaurant, smashes a TV, gets himself a beer and then heads straight for the restaurant’s mascot: Fireman Joe. He grabs the life-size statue – including the Dalmatian dog – and throws it through a window into the parking lot. “Police picked him up walking down Sprague, dragging Joe after him,” said Coreal Smith, manager of Flamin’ Joe’s. “It was just the weirdest thing.”

‘Constitutionalists’ protest at Spokane Valley Police Precinct

A protest spurred by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy’s statement that angered self-described constitutionalists drew more than 300 people to the Spokane Valley Police Precinct parking lot Saturday afternoon. Many of those in attendance carried rifles, handguns or both. A series of speakers criticized Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and called on him to give back the mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) that the department received for no cost as military surplus.

Bonner County prosecutor dropping gang charges

SANDPOINT – A North Idaho county is dropping criminal gang-recruitment charges against five people following an Idaho Supreme Court decision making it more difficult to prove the law was broken. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Bonner County Deputy Prosecutor Shane Greenbank has moved to dismiss the charges against five people associated with the Hermanos Motorcycle Club.

Biker at bill signing may have been involved in killing

OLYMPIA – One of the bikers gathered around the table as Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill outlawing “motorcycle profiling” may have been a member of an outlaw gang whose conviction for killing a Portland police officer in 1979 was overturned. A photo of the bill-signing, first published in The Spokesman-Review, has law enforcement officials studying the faces and patches on some motorcyclists who applauded as the bill was signed, then posed with Gregoire and several legislators.

Globe-trotting couple thrive on mutual respect

Glen and Mary Green met in the summer of 1939, but not many photos remain to document a love affair that has spanned 70 years and counting. “I didn’t know we were going to live this long,” joked Mary, 88. “I gave all our pictures away!” But one black and white snapshot reveals the adventurous spirit shared by the couple. In the photo, they’re astride a ’30s era Harley-Davidson. Glen sports a leather jacket and sunglasses while Mary wears an aviator cap with flaps, and goggles perched atop her head. Behind Mary a bedroll rests on the bike’s fender. The photo was snapped right before the two set off on one of their many road trips.

Bikers bring gifts to Hillyard Center

Santa came to Hillyard on Friday – on a Harley, of course. The Institute for Extended Learning’s Hillyard Center welcomed the jolly old guy and all his biker buddies for a Christmas party with the families of IEL students.

Man Killed; Hells Angels Leader Arrested

A Spokane Hells Angels leader is in jail after an early Saturday shooting left one man dead and another critically injured. Shortly before 2 a.m., a fight broke out at the Comet Tavern on North Market and a dozen or more people spilled outside, said bartender Lori Johnson. A few seconds later, three shots were fired and two men were writhing on the sidewalk. Timothy Gail Myers, 42, a founding member of the Spokane chapter of the Hells Angels, was arrested after witnesses identified him as the gunman.

Spokane Bikers Face Assault Charges

Two men with ties to the Spokane chapter of the Hells Angels face felony and assault charges in King County after a robbery victim was hit in the head with a hammer. Forrest Heaton, 25, of Newport, Wash., and Timothy P. Dougherty, 46, who currently lives in the Seattle area, were arrested Friday by King County Police.