Thu
03
Apr

Hells Angel Jesse Bitz to stand trial in October for death threats

​Alleged that he threatened to kill mining company owner and his family

A Saskatoon member of the Hells Angels will stand trial this fall on charges he threatened to kill the owner of a local mining company.

Jesse Bitz will be tried at Court of Queen's Bench by judge alone in October. Two days have been set aside for the trial.

​Bitz is accused of eight counts of threatening to kill Leonard Banga, the owner of Xtreme Mining and Demolition. The pair had a dispute which led Banga to fire Bitz. That's when the alleged threats took place.

After firing Bitz, Banga went on to change his hiring guidelines. He then fired a handful of other Hells Angels on his workforce.

"This new hiring policy came into effect due to the matter currently before the courts, and industry expectations," Banga said outside court.

Thu
03
Apr

Camden sets wheels in motion to shutter motorcycle club

Camco cops say gang's hangout has long been magnet for crime

 

A better-built mousetrap.

That’s the result hoped for by Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson after what he called a decades-long “cat-and-mouse game” with the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club.

Camden officials Wednesday closed the gang’s clubhouse on Princess Avenue, citing code violations. They also bulldozed a garage they said the club illegally built on neighboring city property.

The push came after a woman allegedly was sexually assaulted at gunpoint inside the clubhouse early on March 27.

Antoywayn Lindsey, a 34-year-old city resident who served time for a 1997 homicide, faces numerous charges in the alleged attack, including three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Authorities said he was armed with two loaded handguns when he was arrested at the clubhouse last week. And once inside, police spotted more than Lindsey’s guns.

Thu
03
Apr

Gang violence cancels motorcycle event

The motorcycle event Motordag Zilst which was scheduled to take place for the first tome on the 20th of April in Veldhoven has been cancelled due to recent violence surrounding motorbike gangs. 

The police is scared that the event will attract rival motorbike gangs and cause violence, a spokesperson for the municipality explains.

Current problems with motorbike gangs are independent of the event, the municipality emphasizes. The organization has respected the decision.

Motorbike gang Bandidos recently arrived in The Netherlands, and have set up fractions. Their rival gang Hells Angels also has groups in the country. Earlier, mayors Van Valkenswaard and Aarle-Rixtel withdrew licenses for motorcycle events.

Thu
03
Apr

Bikie pleads with court for chance to walk daughter down the aisle

AN ALLEGED drug supplier to the Hells Angels has pleaded to the court to release him so he can walk his daughter down the aisle.

Police claim Michael Barbaro, 54, is a “mid-level wholesale” drug dealer and he supplied amphetamines to two members of the Hells Angels Darkside chapter, the Supreme Court heard today.

Mr Barbaro has denied drug trafficking offences and has asked to be released so he can attend his daughter’s wedding this Saturday.

The father of four adult children was one of 11 men arrested in February following a three-month investigation by the anti-bikie Echo Taskforce.

The operation, codenamed Statin, saw police intercept more than 30,000 phone calls between bikies and their associates.

Police were alerted to Mr Barboro after they taped the phones of President of the Hells Angels Darkside Chapter, Mohammed Khodr, 26 and fellow Hells Angel Logo Afuie, 27.

Thu
03
Apr

SA woman terrified by bikie shooting

File photo of Finks bikies

The former girlfriend of an SA Finks bikie has told a judge of her terror at the shooting of a boy. Source: AAP

 

THE ex-partner of a Finks bikie has told of her nightmare life after rival gang members smashed their way into an Adelaide home and shot one of the bikie's four young sons.

"I did my best to look after them," she told the South Australian District Court on Thursday.

"I formed a strong bond with them ... I felt very protective."

The woman, whose name is suppressed, broke down while reading her victim impact statement at the sentence hearing of Hells Angels associate, Arron James Cluse.

Wed
02
Apr

Trial continues for member of Florida Warlocks (video)

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —A member of the Florida Warlocks biker club who was shot at on Sept. 30, 2012 took the stand today in the trial against a member of a rival motorcycle club who is accused of murder and attempted murder.

David Maloney was kicked out of the Florida Warlocks and formed a new group called the Philly Warlocks. It was after that tension, authorities say, that a charity ride for veterans at the Winter Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars post erupted in violence, leading to the murder of three Florida Warlocks: David Jakiela, Harold Liddle and Peter Schlette.

Ronnie Mitchell, a witness to the shootings, said Tuesday that Maloney and another man came out and started shooting during the event.  In court on Wednesday, Maloney’s attorney said there were discrepancies in his story.

During a court recess, Mitchell’s statement from that day was played back to him to ask if it refreshed his memory of that day.

Tue
01
Apr

Detroit Highwaymen Clubhouse shut down (video)

CINCINNATI (Rich Jaffe) -- For the last few years we've been telling you about problems involving the Detroit Highwaymen motorcycle gang. The local chapter is now basically now out of business. This is a story you'll see only on Local 12 News. The highwaymen set up shop here in Cincinnati around 2009, but for the last few years they were in a turf war with the Iron Horsemen. We've reported on assaults, shootings, robberies the kinds of things you'd expect. Late last week, Cincinnati city officials filed a lawsuit declaring this place a public nuisance and on top of it the Highwaymen honcho's out of Detroit came here and shut the place down. Saturday evening, Cincinnati Police showed up at the Detroit Highwaymen's clubhouse and served them with a nuisance complaint from the city. It's a move aimed at shutting down the clubhouse.

Tue
01
Apr

Is the Rock Machine rebuilding in Quebec?

MONTREAL - Police made a discovery in a warehouse north of Montreal that may suggest a resurgence of the Rock Machine biker gang, thought to have vanished from Quebec a decade ago.

Provincial police say they arrested two men and seized three jackets bearing Rock Machine colours and logos during a raid Saturday.

Rock Machine bikers were the sworn enemies of the Hells Angels and fought them in a war that saw 160 people killed in Eastern Canada between 1994 and 2002.

Successive police raids pushed the gang out of Quebec to the west, but Rock Machine members showed their colours a few times in downtown Montreal bars in 2011 and 2012.

Police won't say if the weekend operation is a sign the Rock Machine is rebuilding in Quebec. Sgt. Anne Mathieu would only say the arrests and seizure relate to a business dispute that resulted in death threats.

Tue
01
Apr

PM Tony Abbott announces $10m strike team for WA to crackdown on bikie gangs

A $10 MILLION strike team will be set up in Western Australia to combat bikie gangs, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

It will target about 450 active members of nine outlaw motorcycle clubs in WA, and report to the $64 million National Anti-Gangs Squad.

Mr Abbott said the strike team would enable greater co-ordination between federal police, the Australian Crime Commission and West Australian police.

He told 6PR Radio it was an important new initiative.

“We do need to keep a good eye on them and we do need to crack down on all criminal activity,” he said.

“We know that bikie gangs are very, very active in drugs, prostitution, money laundering

 “There's also the intimidatory aspect of these gangs when they get together and as we know, there are elements of gangs now involved with rogue elements of some of our unions, particularly the construction union.

Tue
01
Apr

Lawyer Chris Hannay sues Campbell Newman and Jarrod Bleijie over bikie comments

A Queensland lawyer who represents outlaw motorcycle gang members is seeking more than $1 million in damages from the state's Premier and Attorney-General in a defamation suit.

Court documents obtained by the ABC reveal Gold Coast solicitor Chris Hannay is suing Campbell Newman and Jarrod Bleijie over claims that bikie lawyers were part of a "criminal gang machine" and would do anything to defend their clients.

In the remarks in February, Mr Newman told reporters that lawyers who defended bikies were hired guns who took money from people who sold drugs to teenagers.

Mr Newman's comments prompted the state's Bar Association to demand a retraction and an apology. The remarks also drew criticism from the Queensland Law Society.

Mr Bleijie later defended the Premier, saying Mr Newman was responding specifically to a question about Hannay Lawyers on the Gold Coast.

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