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Jan
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HA associate trial delayed

Trial for Kelowna Hells Angels associate delayed until September

The trial for a “known associate” of the Hells Angels has been delayed more than eight months, after he switched lawyers.

Colin Bayley, 30, was charged last spring with aggravated assault, stemming from an incident in downtown Kelowna on May 6 that put a 41-year-old man in the hospital. 

The Kelowna RCMP executed a search warrant at the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse in the city's North End as part of their investigation into Bayley on May 15, and he was arrested a few hours later.

While his trial was originally scheduled to begin this week, it has been moved to September.

Bayley remains out of custody on bail as he awaits his trial.

Tue
21
Jan
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Make burned-out home safe, city orders gambling bust suspect

A Londoner charged in an alleged gambling ring bust has been ordered to make her Commissioners Road property safe after a suspected arson gutted her house while she was in jail.

A Londoner charged in an alleged gambling ring bust has been ordered to make her Commissioners Road property safe after a suspected arson gutted her house while she was in jail.

Habiba Kajan, 43, is one of four Londoners charged as part of Operation Hobart, a two-year probe into an alleged multimillion-dollar gambling operation that investigators contend was run by members of the Hells Angels and an alleged Toronto crime family.

A late-night, $1-million fire ripped through Kajan’s house at 203 Commissioners Rd. E. on Dec. 19 while she was in custody a week after her arrest.

The city has issued an order to make the property safe, London’s deputy chief building official confirmed Tuesday.

Tue
14
Jan
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Preliminary hearing set for two charged in Hells Angel shooting death in South Surrey

Calvin Powery-Hooker and Nathan De Jong are both charged with first-degree murder

A preliminary inquiry has been set for the two young men accused of killing a member of the Hells Angels in South Surrey last year.

Calvin Powery-Hooker and Nathan De Jong, both born in 1998, are facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the shooting death of Suminder ‘Ali’ Grewal, 43.

Last month, the pair appeared individually via video link in Surrey Provincial Court. The two are due back in court on Oct. 5 for a pre-hearing conference.

RELATED: Suspects appear in court after Hells Angel murdered in South Surrey

Tue
14
Jan
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Hells Angel gets OK to leave halfway house — but won't quit biker gang

Police had evidence that Gaetan David was directly involved in two killings during Quebec's biker war.

A longtime member of the Hells Angels is no longer required to reside at a halfway house even though he says he has no intention of leaving the world’s most notorious outlaw motorcycle gang.

Gaetan David, 50, received one of the lengthiest overall sentences in Operation SharQc, an investigation that revealed the Hells Angels in Quebec voted en masse to go to war with a group of rival criminal organizations. The prosecution had evidence David was directly involved in two of the more than 160 killings carried out during the conflict between 1994 and 2002.

Sun
12
Jan
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Suspected arson at cottage linked to alleged London biker prompted two-year police probe

A suspected arson that destroyed a Blue Mountains cottage linked to the former president of the London Hells Angels was the catalyst for a two-year police probe into a gambling ring that led to his arrest on guns, gambling and tax evasion charges, The Free Press has learned.

The Jan. 5, 2018, fire in Thornbury, a small town northwest of Collingwood, prompted police to launch Operation Hobart, an investigation into an alleged multimillion-dollar gambling operation that police contend was run by members of the Hells Angels and an alleged Toronto crime family, Staff Sgt. Anthony Renton, the head of the OPP’s biker enforcement unit, said.

Property records show the now-destroyed luxury home and property at 363 Sunset Dr. in Thornbury belongs to Salvatrice Barletta, believed to be the mother of Robert Barletta, a founding member of the Hells Angels London chapter.

Sat
11
Jan
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Detectives Probing Hell’s Angels Shooting Look to Head Off Gang War

Detectives are running down leads in an attack that saw gunmen on motorcycles open fire on the Hells’ Angels Bronx clubhouse earlier this month — a shooting they hope to solve before the violence escalates, authorities said.

A police official told Bronx Justice News investigators are examining all possibilities in the case, including whether a rival motorcycle gang shot up the Angels’ new Throggs Neck digs on Jan. 2.

The motorcycle club, which has historically doubled as a violent street gang, recently relocated its headquarters from Manhattan to the Bronx.

Now, investigators are concerned the Angels will strike back before the culprits responsible for the clubhouse shooting are arrested.

The property was fired upon by multiple shooters on motorcycles, who rode away and have not been caught, authorities said.

Sat
11
Jan
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Police monitoring Hells Angels HQ as bikers arrive for fundraiser

(video) --- PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence and state police are monitoring what is expected to be a large gathering of bikers at the Messer Street headquarters of the Hells Angels on Saturday.

The party, advertised by the biker club on social media, is billed as a way to raise money for the defense fund of Joseph Lancia, who was arrested after he allegedly fired a gun at a passing truck on June 12. 

Lancia has been identified by law enforcement as the president of the Rhode Island chapter of the Hells Angels.

Wed
08
Jan
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Bronx councilman’s staff lawyer resigns amid backlash over Hells Angels deal

He’s getting the hell off the City Council staff.

Bronx Councilman Mark Gjonaj’s staff lawyer resigned amid growing outrage from the pol’s constituents over the attorney’s role helping the Hells Angels buy a new headquarters in their neighborhood.

“I will not allow my work as an attorney in private practice or what I do as a private citizen to be used as a weapon against you,” lawyer Edmond “Teddy” Pryor’s wrote in a Monday letter to Gjonaj.

“Therefore, after significant thought and reflection, I have decided to resign as your part-time Senior Advisor, effective today," he stated.

Wed
08
Jan
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Hells Angels prospect charged with threatening police officers

City police have charged a prospective member of a local Hells Angels chapter with threatening two of their officers.

The service said the verbal threats were made to the officers during the man’s arrest on Dec. 11 on an unrelated matter at a home in the 5600 block of 20th Street S.W.

The prospect for the outlaw motorcycle group is accused of making comments to one officer while being transported to the arrest processing unit.

He is also accused of directing threats at another officer in a courtroom during his bail hearing.

Police accuse the man of using the Hells Angels’ reputation for intimidation and violence by telling the police members he’d done considerable research on them and knew their home addresses.

The man was clad in support gear denoting an association with the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club Southland Chapter during both incidents and is a self-admitted prospect with the group, say police.

Tue
07
Jan
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Spanish police believe a crackdown on criminal biker gangs in northern Europe could be behind a crime wave that saw 24 murders in the Costa del Sol

  • Officers said it could help explain the sudden crime wave along the Malaga coast
  • Germany and the Netherlands have cracked down on biker groups recently
  • Inspector said they are attracted to the southern coast for its quality of life

 

Spanish police have said they believe a crackdown on criminal biker gangs in northern Europe has pushed the criminals into the Costa del Sol, which saw 24 murders last year.

They said it could help to explain the sudden crime wave, as more groups start to battle for their slice of the Malaga coastline.

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