Thu
23
Feb

Sudbury police station bomber dies

Ion William Croitoru, 53, was a member of a biker gang when station was bombed in 1996

One of the men convicted in the bombing of the Greater Sudbury Police station in the 1990s has died.

Ion William Croitoru, 53, who wrestled as Johnny K-9 and Bruiser Bedlam in the WWF and Smoky Mountain Wrestling, was found dead in a Toronto halfway house, according to media reports. Croitoru was also a member of the Satan's Choice bike gang.

In 1996, he and some friends were kicked out of Solid Gold, a former strip club in Sudbury, for wearing gang colours. They plotted revenge by planning to blow the place up, but changed their minds and ended up planting the device by police headquarters, blowing a hole in the side of the building and causing more than $100,000 damage.

He was convicted in 1998, and sentenced to 33 months in jail. 

Thu
23
Feb

Geelong court: Rebel bike enforcer John Donnelly ran private racket, court told

A GEELONG bikie gang enforcer has been accused of running a million-dollar criminal racket away from his club while also cheating on his pregnant wife.

John Donnelly was on bail and supposed to be home with his wife Megan and their two children on February 9, but police told the Geelong Magistrates’ Court they found him sleeping with another woman in a stolen caravan at a storage facility in Leopold.

The woman, 24-year-old Laura Fenton, is alleged to have helped Donnelly run an illegal operation where stolen vehicles were rebirthed, re-registered and sold online.

The court was told Donnelly and Fenton were in a sexual relationship, and he had a “number of other mistresses”, and used a variety of aliases to commit his alleged crimes.

Donnelly’s wife and parents were in court on Thursday, supporting his failed application for bail.

Thu
23
Feb

Two members of outlaw motorcycle gangs collared in Fort McMurray drug trafficking sting

Two men are charged after police in Fort McMurray say they arrested two members of Hells Angels support clubs — the Tribal and Syndicate motorcycle groups.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) and Wood Buffalo RCMP arrested the two men Feb. 15 as part of a drug trafficking investigation. Though both men are from Fort McMurray, one of them is a member of the Red Deer Syndicate club, say police.  

As part of the probe, police searched two homes and seized a loaded nine-millimetre handgun with the serial number removed, 40 rounds of ammunition, 40 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and several Tribal motorcycle club vests. 

Tribal and Syndicate are among two dozen Hells Angels support clubs in the province, said ALERT in a Thursday news release. A Syndicate chapter was established in Fort McMurray in 2009, compared to the newer chapter of Tribal, first seen in November 2016. 

Wed
22
Feb

Vince Focarelli, former Adelaide gang leader, facing deportation from Australia

FORMER gang leader Vince Focarelli, who has survived five assassination attempts, is facing deportation from Australia.

Mon
20
Feb

Bibra Lake: Rebels Motorcycle Club promises no anarchy at new clubhouse

A CHAPTER of the Rebels Motorcycle Club based in Bibra Lake has promised there will be no Sons of |Anarchy-style drama over the coming two years after a recent win for the group.

The club is free to continue operating a clubhouse at a factory unit on Port Kembla Drive after the City of Cockburn approved a temporary “change of use” for the site on February 9.

It has been based there formally since 2014.

Fremantle chapter president Mark Rodgers said he was happy with the extension, even if it came after a drawn- out process involving State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) mediation.

“We’re all happy with the decision. It was a little annoying (going through SAT mediation),” he said.

“What concerned me the most is that they wasted ratepayers’ money questioning what was a permitted use.”

Mon
20
Feb

Lower than expected sentences for Satudarah members in drug case

Three leading members of motorcycle gang Satudarah were convicted in a big drug case on Monday. Their sentences were much lower than the Public Prosecutor demanded, however. According to the court in Breda, there is no evidence that the suspects formed a criminal organization, ANP reports.

The highest sentence was imposed on Bjorn E., vice president of the Satudarah chapter in Tilburg. He got 46 months in prison for money laundering and involvement in the production of raw materials for drugs. The Prosecutor demanded 8 years against him

Sat
18
Feb

Cops arrest 24 in massive raid at Brooklyn biker club

Cops on Saturday morning busted 24 people and seized five handguns during a raid of an afterhours Brooklyn motorcycle club that has a reputation as a problem spot, police sources said.

Dozens of cops barged into the God’s Only Demons Motorcycle Club on Butler Street near Fourth Avenue in Gowanus around 4 a.m., witnesses said.

“The whole precinct was here,” said a witness who declined to give his name. “About 80 cops or more. Armored police vans, SWAT gear, dogs. Crazy. I haven’t seen that many cops here ever. They went up on the roofs.”

Ten people at the club face gun charges, said police sources. The other 14 people were picked up for having outstanding arrest warrants.

Fri
17
Feb

Member of the Pagans Outlaw Motorcycle Club Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Prescription Pill Mill

PHILADELPHIA – Today, a federal judge sentenced Patrick Treacy, a/k/a “Redneck” to 20 years in prison for his role in a prescription pill mill that trafficked oxycodone and other dangerous and addictive opioids. Treacy was also ordered to serve a concurrent sentence of 10 years in prions for illegally possessing a firearm charged separately. In addition, the Honorable Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, United States District Judge, ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release upon release from prison, and pay a special assessment of $200, as well as entering a judgment of forfeiture.

Fri
17
Feb

Man affiliated with Hells Angels pleads no contest to assault charge

A man who authorities allege is affiliated with the Hells Angels pleaded no contest Thursday to an assault charge stemming from a fight on Rosedale Highway in January of last year.

Jonathan Cole Smith entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor count of assault causing great bodily injury, court records show. Five felonies were dismissed.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 19. 

According to court documents, Smith and Michael Blackwood, also alleged to have ties to the Hells Angels, were traveling in a red pickup the afternoon of Jan. 26, 2016, as they followed a member of the Mongols, a rival motorcycle gang.

When the Mongols member, whose name was redacted in the documents, came to a stop at a red light, Smith yelled an expletive, pulled a knife and grabbed the man, the documents say. The Mongols member said he produced a knife of his own and twice stabbed Smith.

Fri
17
Feb

Belgian Hells Angels sentenced for drug trafficking in France

Two Belgians, who are members of the motorcycle club Hells Angels, have been sentenced to 30 months in prison by the Pontoise Criminal Court, in the Paris region.

This is for drug trafficking offences.

As a result, they must also jointly pay a customs fine of 88,690 euros and are prohibited from entering French territory for a full three years. All of this is revealed in Le Parisien today (Friday). They were made subject to a detention order.

Originally from Tournai and Lodelinsart (in Charleroi), Steve and Michaël, both aged 28, had been arrested on Monday in the Vémars motorway service area, near Paris, during a customs inspection. The inspection happened aboard a bus they were on.

They had taken the bus which was headed for Belgium.

A 600-gram sachet of cannabis was discovered in Steve's bag. More than 14-kilogrammes of weed were then discovered in his suitcase.

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