Five years ago today, Patrick Harris and a few friends from his motorcycle club rode from Austin to Waco to take part in a regional meeting to learn about new legislation affecting motorcyclists.
Photos by Rod Aydelotte from the scene on May 17, 2015.
A federal judge in Waco has dismissed 13 civil rights lawsuits filed by 45 bikers arrested after the May 2015 shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco, a ruling that suggests more dismissals will be coming.
A Waco firefighter who lost his job in part over his ties to the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Club is fighting to be reinstated, saying he was unjustly terminated four years ago.
A federal judge dismissed McLennan County as a defendant in a civil rights lawsuit filed by three bikers arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout but ruled the plaintiffs can pursue claims against the city of Waco and seven individual defendants.
The law license of the firebrand Houston attorney who won a mistrial in the only Twin Peaks shootout case to go to trial has been suspended by the State Bar of Texas.
An attorney for six bikers arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout in Waco is asking a judge to appoint a special master to oversee the return of items seized from almost 200 bikers who went to jail.
Biker Jeff Battey thought that after the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office dismissed charges against him and the remaining Twin Peaks defendants, it was not too much to ask to have all records of his 2015 arrest destroyed so he could move on with his life.
Jacob Reese ducked punches and bullets at Twin Peaks almost four years ago, but he dodged another bullet this week when all the remaining charges stemming from the biker brawl were dropped, a week before he was set to plead guilty.
While Jeff Battey may know who shot him in the arm almost four years ago outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, McLennan County prosecutors dismissed charges against the remaining 24 biker defendants because they could not gain the same level of certainty to build murder cases.
All remaining criminal cases will be dismissed from the 2015 Twin Peaks biker shootout that left nine dead and 20 injured, prosecutors said Tuesday, ending a four-year prosecutorial fiasco that resulted in zero convictions.
One of four Houston attorneys assigned to handle four Twin Peaks biker cases as special prosecutors dismissed the remaining three cases Monday and called the way the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office handled the 2015 deadly shootout a “harebrained scheme” that was “patently offensiv…
A former McLennan County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant who was arrested two years ago on charges she illegally provided law enforcement information to her biker boyfriend two months before he was arrested in the Twin Peaks shootout was placed on pretrial diversion this week.
Call it bad timing, bad memories or bad business. Whatever the cause, the Scotty’s Brewhouse sports bar that opened in March in the former Twin Peaks building in Waco will close by year’s end, a casualty of poor performance.
Items of interest around the Waco area, in brief.
Take a peek at fixer-uppers with potential to beautiful old homes around Waco
The Earle-Harrison House, one of Waco's oldest homes, and the Pape Gardens soon will reopen to the public, thanks to a recent agreement between the Pape Foundation and Historic Waco.
The pastor at the Memphis church where Tyre Nichols’ family spoke from the pulpit urging peace after his brutal killing reiterated the call for calm, following the release of video showing the fatal beating by police. Pastor Kenneth Thomas said before the start of services at Mt. Olive Cathedral Church Sunday that he was pleased there has been calm so far, "which is what we have been praying for." Cities nationwide have braced for demonstrations after body camera footage released Friday showed officers savagely beating 29-year-old Nichols. So far the protests have been scattered and nonviolent. A lawyer for Nichols’ family says the loss is “still very emotional,” but that his clients are using all their energy to advocate for reforms.
Kansas firefighters found a man on fire inside a restroom at a Walmart store this weekend. Topeka city spokeswoman Gretchen Spiker told the Topeka Capital-Journal that firefighters found the man when they went to a Walmart Neighborhood Market around 8:15 p.m. Saturday. She said that firefighters worked to quickly extinguish the fire and provide aid to the man. The man was taken to a Topeka hospital with serious injuries. He wasn’t immediately identified. Spiker said investigators are working to determine how the fire started.
A Southern California mountain lion studied by the National Park Service was killed after a likely vehicle strike earlier this month on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Officials say the radio-collared cougar known as P-81 was found dead along the route near Point Mugu on Jan. 22. A necropsy will confirm the 4-year-old male died as a result of being hit by a car. The park service says at least 34 mountain lions have been killed by vehicles since 2002 within its study area, which includes the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills and Verdugo mountains.
Increasingly it feels like America is at war with itself. From a triple homicide in New Orleans just days into the new year to the shooting of a Virginia teacher by a 6-year-old to a series of mass shootings in California. Simply keeping track of the shootings has become difficult, with locations and details and explanations running together into a blur of bloodshed and heartbreak. But if it might make you think America has gone numb to gun violence, Zeneta Everhart would like a word. Everhart’s then-19-year-old son survived after being shot in the neck in May when a gunman stormed into into a Buffalo supermarket. "I don’t think that the country is becoming numb to it, but I think that the country is frustrated,” she said. “I think that people are tired.”
Not only did Waco go more than six months without a new murder investigation last year, but overall violent crime also dropped by 8% compared to 2021, police reported.
A man indicted on a murder charge in a January 2022 shooting in Waco pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting at a Falls County deputy a day after the Waco incident.
A jury convicted an ex-Waco employee Wednesday of assaulting a police officer in 2018 but acquitted him on a charge of trying to take the officer's weapon.
A woman who officials said pointed a shotgun at McLennan County deputies before they shot her two weeks ago in China Spring has been released from a hospital and jailed.
Waco Downtown Farmers Market is aiming to expand to East Waco, offering food and recreational activities at the new Bridge Street Plaza on Wednesday evenings starting in March.
Friday's biannual Project Homeless Connect aimed to provide social services, medical testing, referrals, housing help and other physical goods to people battling housing insecurity in the Waco community.
Despite recent rains and cooler weather, Lake Waco’s level continues to plummet, expected to reach a 450-foot trigger point for Stage 3 water restrictions in mid-February.
Real estate agent Anthony Johnson this week entered the District 4 race in the May 6 Waco City Council election, joining former Council Member Darius Ewing in the contest.