Sat
18
May
THUMPERRRR's picture

Cops eye Hells Angels' party

A raid on the their clubhouse earlier this week didn't appear to slow down festivities at an annual Hells Angels BBQ event in Kelowna Saturday.

Dozens of motorcycles were parked outside the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse in the city's North End Saturday, and riders showed up throughout the afternoon.

Many sported the Hells Angels “death head” logo on their jackets, while others appeared to be affiliated with various support clubs.

Photo: Nicholas Johansen
Motorcycles lined the street outside the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse Saturday.
 

Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, media relations officer with B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, said the gathering was the annual K-Town BBQ Cook Off, hosted by the Kelowna chapter of the Hells Angels for the past eight years.

Tue
14
May
THUMPERRRR's picture

North Providence Hell’s Angels member pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

A member of the Hell’s Angels Rhode Island chapter is facing between five and 40 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to charges of trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine and being a felon in possession of a gun, according to authorities.

Douglas Leedham, a 54-year-old “full patch” member of the motorcycle club from the town of North Providence, was arrested in February after investigators searched his home, which yielded just under 40 grams of methamphetamine, 19 grams of cocaine, two guns, a 12 gauge shotgun, two body armor vests, 35 knives, four hatchets, a handful of batons, a set of brass knuckles, more than $6,4000 in cash, according to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island.

 

Officials also found “assorted items used in the packaging and distribution of drugs,” the statement said.

Tue
14
May
THUMPERRRR's picture

Hells Angels in trademark fight with online store

The Hells Angels are fighting to restrict what a T-shirt website can sell after being awarded nominal damages following a years-long legal battle over copyright and trademark infringement.

Lawyers for the Australian arm of the bikie organisation and website Redbubble, which sells "user-submitted artwork" on items like T-shirts and coffee mugs, appeared in the Federal Court in Brisbane on Monday.

 

The judge is considering submissions in the long-running legal dispute between the Hells Angles and Redbubble.

The judge is considering submissions in the long-running legal dispute between the Hells Angles and Redbubble.Credit:Paul Rovere

Wed
08
May
THUMPERRRR's picture

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.

Tue
07
May
THUMPERRRR's picture

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.

Tue
30
Apr
THUMPERRRR's picture

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.

Mon
29
Apr
THUMPERRRR's picture

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.

Sun
28
Apr
THUMPERRRR's picture

Woodbridge Hells Angels fuel club’s rapid growth with welcome party for P.E.I. bikers

There was cake, hockey on TV and no reports of arrests at a party in Woodbridge on Saturday night to welcome Prince Edward Island bikers into the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

The Charlotteown bikers were given their winged skulls patches at the party, announcing full membership into the outlaw biker club, which now has 467 charters in 58 countries.

Only bikers who have been voted into the Hells Angels club are allowed to wear its distinctive wings skull patch.

Only bikers who have been voted into the Hells Angels club are allowed to wear its distinctive wings skull patch.  (Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO)

Tue
16
Apr
THUMPERRRR's picture

33 individuals arrested in Quebec drug bust concentrating on organized crime

Police forces in Quebec arrested 33 people Wednesday in relation to an alleged drug network extending from Montreal to Outaouais, Centre-du-Québec, the Montérégie and more.

 

A total of 37 searches were carried out, and police say nearly two kilograms of cocaine and 27,100 methamphetamine pills were seized as part of Operation Orca.

READ MORE: Quebec, U.S. police, RCMP bust drug, illegal tobacco ring with ties to bikers, reserves

Officers say they also seized 23 vehicles, $120,000, four firearms, six jackets in the colours of the Hells Angels and an escutcheon.

Two of those arrested were Claude Gauthier and Pascal Facchino, identified by authorities as part of the Angels’ Trois-Rivières chapter, alleged to be leaders in the sale of narcotics in the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu region.

READ MORE: Police operation targets Quebec Hells Angels drug trafficking network

Sat
13
Apr
THUMPERRRR's picture

Hells Angels in P.E.I. for club member’s funeral

(photo gallery) --- THREE RIVERS, P.E.I. - Island RCMP and Charlottetown police are on high alert this weekend with Hells Angels members from across the country in P.E.I.

There was a heavy presence of Hells Angels members, as well as several other motorcycle clubs, at a “celebration of life” for fisherman Ian Roulston Kennedy in Three Rivers Saturday.

Kennedy was a full-patch member of the Hells Angels.

Cpl. Andy Cook, the RCMP’s provincial outlaw motorcycle gang coordinator, said law enforcement stayed close to the funeral for public safety reasons.

“The funeral was for a member of the Hells Angels and we’re there for public safety and also for intelligence gathering to do with a large number of Hells Angels who were here in the province,” he said.

Pages