Crime

Police warning on biker retaliation questioned by former biker, experts

Tue, May 26, 2015 - 11:10am

A Texas Department of Public Safety Bulletin warns that members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang may be plotting attacks on law enforcement officers, but former Bandidos members say the information is wrong and highly unlikely.

"Absolutely ludicrous," said Edward Winterhalder, a former high-ranking Bandidos member who is still in contact with former and current members. "From a purely common sense and logical point of view, there's no reason for them to do that."

Winterhalder was referring to a law enforcement bulletin, reported by CNN, that warned police across Texas that members of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle...

Texas Officials Were Aware of Growing Gang Tensions

Tue, May 19, 2015 - 7:28am

Texas authorities had warned earlier this month that animosity was growing between two rival gangs, which came to a head in a deadly shootout over the weekend in a Waco restaurant that killed nine and wounded 18, and led to about 170 arrests.

The Texas Department of Public Safety's Joint Information Center issued a bulletin May 1 that cautioned authorities about increasing violence between members of a large Texas-based gang called the Bandidos and members of smaller gangs, one of which is called the Cossacks, Dallas TV station WFAA reported Monday.

The bulletin obtained by WFAA said the tension could stem from...

How the Bandidos became one of the world’s most feared biker gangs

Mon, May 18, 2015 - 9:08am

The Bandidos motorcycle gang has a saying: “Cut one, we all bleed.”

It’s not clear who started the cutting, but there was plenty of bloodshed on Sunday when the Bandidos brutally clashed with members of several other bike gangs at a restaurant in Waco, Tex. A wild shootout in broad daylight left nine bikers dead, 18 wounded and at least three under arrest.

The confrontation began about noon at a Twin Peaks in a shopping center and quickly escalated from...

Police report violent crime decreasing
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Wed, Apr 15, 2015 - 7:42am

Denton saw a 16.5 percent drop in violent crime last year compared to 2013, although that doesn’t mean the city is considerably safer, officials said.

Scott Belshaw, a criminal justice professor with the University of North Texas, said he always remains skeptical about numbers released through the uniform crime reporting system. In the program, the FBI gathers crime statistics from participating law enforcement agencies.

“You have to remember when looking at these numbers that they are just what was reported. Many things go on that are left unreported,” Belshaw said. “Another way you can look at it is that even just...

Solicitor at UNT hall got pushy
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Wed, Apr 1, 2015 - 10:11am

University of North Texas police are looking for a man who allegedly pushed a woman after he tried to sell her magazine and newspaper subscriptions at her university-owned apartment.

While the incident happened Thursday, information wasn’t released by the UNT Police Department until Monday on social media. Because the solicitation is considered a Class C misdemeanor, police didn’t issue a crime alert, said Margarita Venegas, a spokeswoman for the university.

“Solicitations such as these are not allowed on campus; however, they do happen from time to time,” Venegas said in an email. “Because of this, UNT felt this...

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