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Hells merchandise barred from Friday 13th

OPP want rally out of downtown Port Dover

Outlaw biker gangs and their merchandise are no longer welcome at Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies in Port Dover.

Norfolk council approved a ban on vendor’s permits for motorcycle clubs with a criminal history Tuesday night.

This means Hells Angels are no longer able to sell hats, T-shirts and other items in Port Dover promoting “the Big Red Machine.”

Council acted after an extensive in-camera consultation with senior OPP officials.

Police shared a long list of concerns Tuesday about the evolution of Friday the 13th and its implications for public safety.

A presentation to council ended with Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, asking council to consider moving the rally to private property with a private security detail.

The primary concern is gang rivalries flaring up in the crowded core of Port Dover.

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LIFE Rides With Hells Angels, 1965

From Jesse James and Butch Cassidy to Scarface and Tony Soprano, outlaws have always held a singularly ambiguous place in America’s popular imagination: we fear and loathe the gangster’s appetite for violence; we envy and covet his radical freedom. In early 1965, LIFE photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride spent several weeks with a gang that, to this day, serves as a living, brawling embodiment of our schizoid relationship with the rebel: Hells Angels.

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Trial Begins for Alleged Gang Member Accused of Murdering Pomona SWAT Officer

A reputed Mongols motorcycle gang member who shot and killed a Pomona SWAT officer was warned loudly and repeatedly that police were at the door, a prosecutor told jurors Monday, while a defense attorney countered that his client was convinced Mongols members had come to get him and fired to protect his family.

During their opening statements, both sides agreed that David Martinez, now 41, fired a bullet from a 12-gauge shotgun at 45-year-old Officer Shaun Diamond, who was part of a team of officers serving a warrant in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2014, at a San Gabriel home at 138 N. San Marino Ave. where Martinez lived with his parents, common-law wife, their 10-year-old son and baby, and his adult sister, who has Down syndrome.

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Police unit kept close tabs on weekend biker convoy

Ontario’s biker enforcement unit kept a watchful eye on a nearly 200-strong motorcycle convoy that drove through downtown London over the weekend.

The bikers, including members of outlaw motorcycle clubs, rumbled through Richmond Row Saturday afternoon.

London police say they didn’t receive any complaints about the large-scale ride, referring all questions to the OPP biker enforcement unit.

The head of the unit confirmed officers were dispatched to locations across the province to monitor “organized rides” over the weekend.

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EHT man pleads guilty to witness tampering

MAYS LANDING — An Egg Harbor Township man linked to the April Kauffman murder trial may face a year less one day in prison after pleading guilty to witness tampering, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced Friday. 

John Kachbalian, 55, exchanged his plea for a recommended sentence of probation conditioned upon a 364-day sentence in the Atlantic County Justice Facility, a statement said.

Kachbalian, a retired Pagans motorcycle club member known as "Egyptian," was arrested Aug. 30, 2018, following an investigation by the Prosecutor's Office Major Crime Unit and a search warrant executed at his Spray Avenue home. He was charged with witness tampering, invasion of privacy and cyberharassment after posting on social media a seminude photo of one of the witnesses, purported to be Beverly Augello, and calling her a “lying rat," as previously reported by The Press.

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Two men plead guilty in fatal Cleveland stabbing tied to motorcycle gang ‘beef’

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Two men admitted Friday to kidnapping a man in Mansfield and stabbing him to death in Cleveland as part of a “beef” involving motorcycle gangs.

Richard Cole, 37, of Dayton, and Anthony Day, 42, of Conneaut, each pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping charges in the June killing of 29-year-old Richard Hamel.

Common Pleas Court Judge Ashley Kilbane sentenced Cole to life in prison with the first chance at parole after serving 25 years in prison. She set sentencing for Day for May 20, the day four other people charged in Hamel’s death are set to begin trial.

Lawyers in the case on Friday said the motive for Hamel’s death, in which he was stabbed about 30 times in the backyard of a house on Cleveland’s far West Side, remained fuzzy.

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Red Deer outlaw motorcycle club members arrested

Charges include drug trafficking offences

Members of a Red Deer outlaw motorcycle club have been charged with drug trafficking offences following a lengthy ALERT investigation called Project Rocker.

The two-year investigation by ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime team looked into the suspected drug trafficking activities of the Syndicate outlaw motorcycle club. Syndicate is a support club of the Hells Angels.

Project Rocker wrapped up on April 30 after three suspects were arrested. An estimated $350,000 worth of drugs was seized, along with firearms, motorcycles and cash.

Three Red Deer homes were searched and the following items were seized:

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Member of OMCG charged with 17 offences – Richmond PD

Officers from Richmond Police District have arrested and charged a member of the Iron Horseman outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) following a five-month investigation.

In December 2018, Strike Force Crura was established to investigate several drugs and sexual assault offences within the Richmond Police District.

Following extensive inquiries, about 10.15am yesterday (Wednesday 1 May 2019) police arrested a 40-year-old man at Casino Police Station.

The man, who is a member of the Iron Horseman OMCG, was charged with 17 offences, including three counts of supply prohibited drug, two counts of sexual assault, pervert the course of justice, influence a witnesses, aggravated robbery, assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and armed with intent to commit indictable offence.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today (Thursday 2 May 2019).

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Former Manitoba Hells Angels president alleges Corrections Canada is trying to interfere with parole chance

Dale Jason Sweeney is serving a 10-year sentence at Stony Mountain for his role in a drug trafficking ring

The former president of the Manitoba Hells Angels is taking the Correctional Service of Canada to court for allegedly infringing on his "right to life, liberty and security of person" when it reclassified his security threat level and moved him from a minimum-security unit to medium.

Dale Jason Sweeney, 48, is currently serving the remainder of a 10-year prison sentence at Stony Mountain Institution for his role in a cocaine trafficking ring. He was arrested in March 2012 as part of a Winnipeg police investigation dubbed Project Flatlined and later pleaded guilty to instructing someone to commit an offence for a criminal organization and possession of property obtained by crime.

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Charlottetown Hells Angels club gets full-patch status, can recruit new members

Their club may be a little smaller than when it started, but the Charlottetown Hells Angels became full-patch members Saturday.

RCMP Cpl. Andy Cook said the change means no more going around doing jobs for other full-patch members.

“They have full rights as a Hells Angel,” he said.

Cook said the RCMP had indications last week that the Charlottetown prospects would be attending a party in Woodbridge, Ont., on the weekend.

Cook said he then confirmed at the Charlottetown Airport Sunday that one of the local members was a full-patch Hells Angel.

The organization had a presence in P.E.I. for several years with the Woodbridge club sponsoring the local chapter, which became a prospect club in 2017.

Initially, there were 10 members, but Cook said that number has dropped to six, including one new member the police have yet to identify.

One member died earlier this month.

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