Sun
07
Apr
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Kim Bolan: Hells Angels hold annual 'Screwy ride' to honour slain East End biker

(video an photo gallery) --- About 80 Hells Angels and associates gathered at the bikers’ East End clubhouse Saturday morning for their annual ride to pay tribute to fallen comrade Dave (Screwy) Swartz.

Specialized police officers, who investigate outlaw motorcycle gangs, were also on hand to take photographs and videos as the riders arrived.

Vancouver police traffic enforcement officers checked vehicle registrations of several Hells Angels, prompting East End chapter president John Bryce to head out to talk to police.

Some of the bikers muttered insults at officers, who were stationed across from the clubhouse, located at 3598 East Georgia St.

VPD Sgt. Jason Robillard said police were out in force “to monitor and ensure that the rules of the road are followed.”

Wed
03
Apr
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When Their Trademarks Are Used, the Hells Angels Resort Not to Violence but to High-Profile Lawsuits

It is common knowledge that the Hells Angels logo and the club’s other insignia are utterly off-limits to all but a select group of individuals. In the “rule-bound world of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club,” investigative reporter Serge F. Kovaleski, stated in 2013, “only full members are permitted to wear the provocative death's-head patch or the two words of the club's name, which, like the logo,” are protected by law across the globe. Patches cannot be bought. They may only be earned, and oftentimes, that takes years.  

Sun
31
Mar
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Hells Angels gang face 300 YEARS jail for Majorca ‘prostitution and money laundering ring'

The 46 gang members face a long list of charges including belonging to a criminal organisation, money laundering, threats, forgery, prostitution, illegal detention, drug crimes and illegal possession of firearms.

The list of defendants allegedly includes two local police officers and a Guardia Civil sergeant from Palma, who face between five and seven years jail time each for criminal involvement and bribery.

Prosecutors have said the gang could face up a combined sentence of up to 300 years if they are convicted by the National Court of Justice in Madrid. 

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JAIL: The gang could face up to 300 years in prison (Pic: PA - POLICE HANDOUT - DPA)

 

Thu
28
Mar
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Man gets 25 years for murder at Hells Angels wedding

A man convicted of killing a 23-year-old biker last year was sentenced this week to 25 years in jail by the Namur Assize Court.

The jury deliberated for more than six hours before finding Francis Estorez (48) guilty of the murder of Marc Dascotte, a Hells Angels “prospect” (‘novice’ in the motorcycle gang’s lingo).

The incident took place on 27 August 2017 under a blistering summer sun in a shed decked out for a Hells Angel marriage. Estorez, who was on anti-depression medication and had consumed an enormous quantity of alcohol of various types, was so irked by what he saw as Dascotte’s puerile and exasperating behaviour that he threatened repeatedly to hand in his jacket, the symbol of his membership of the Hells Angels.

Wed
27
Mar
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Supreme Court of Canada rules on Nova Scotia Hells Angels hitman case

Crown argued 1st-degree murder conviction against Dean Kelsie should be reinstated

The Supreme Court of Canada has closed the books on a Nova Scotia murder case involving a Hells Angels hit that has dragged on through the justice system for nearly two decades.

In a hearing Wednesday in Ottawa, the court dismissed an appeal by Nova Scotia prosecutors who were seeking to reinstate a first-degree murder conviction against Dean Daniel Kelsie.

But the Supreme Court did find Kelsie guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree murder, an offence that carries an automatic life sentence with no parole eligibility for between 10 and 25 years.

Kelsie, 45, was twice convicted in the killing of Sean Simmons, who was gunned down in the lobby of an apartment building in north-end Dartmouth, N.S., on Oct. 3, 2000.

Sat
23
Mar
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Dozens of bikers attend funeral for Hells Angels member gunned down in Peel Social Sharing

Dozens of bikers turned out on Saturday afternoon for the funeral of a Hells Angels motorcycle gang member shot to death in Mississauga earlier this month.

Motorcycle club members from across Ontario and as far away as Quebec and British Columbia attended a service for Michael Deabaitua-Schulde at the Vescio Funeral Home in Woodbridge.

Fri
22
Mar
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Breaking: Weld jury returns split verdict in 2017 attempted murder of Milliken police officer

A Weld County jury returned a split verdict Friday in the attempted first-degree murder trial of Eaton resident John Lockhart.

Lockhart was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, illegal discharge of a firearm and vehicular eluding following two separate shooting incidents during the early morning hours of June 11, 2017 in Greeley and Milliken. One of those two victims was an on-duty Milliken police officer.

After almost two full days of deliberations, the jury convicted Lockhart on the vehicular eluding charge, which is a Class 5 felony punishable by up to three years in prison. The jury found Lockhart not guilty of attempted first-degree murder and illegal discharge of a firearm.

As for count 3, attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, the foreman said the jury was deadlocked. Weld District Court Judge Thomas Quammen declared a mistrial on that charge.

Thu
21
Mar
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Fourth man arrested in connection with deadly daylight shooting in Mississauga

A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with a deadly daylight shooting in Mississauga earlier this month.

Investigators say 32-year-old Mississauga man Michael Deabaitua-Schulde was shot to death in the parking lot of a commercial plaza near Dundas Street and Cawthra Road on the morning of March 11.

Police say the incident occurred in view of people who were exercising at a nearby boxing gym.

The perpetrators, according to police, fled the scene in a blue Honda Civic, which was found in flames in the area of Rymal and Tomken roads a short time after the shooting.

Police say Deabaitua-Schulde was a “well-entrenched member” of the Niagara chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and was the “target” of the attack.

Mon
18
Mar
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3rd man arrested after Hells Angels member fatally shot in Mississauga

Peel police say a third man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant in connection with a fatal shooting in Mississauga has surrendered to police.

Police said they responded to a call around 11 a.m. March 11 at the Huf Gym at 700 Dundas St. E. near Cawthra Road.

READ MORE: 2 Quebec men arrested, another sought after Hells Angels member fatally shot in Mississauga

Officers found a man, identified as 32-year-old Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators confirmed on Thursday the victim, who was known to authorities, was a member of the Niagara chapter Hells Angels motorcycle gang and was targeted.

Mon
18
Mar
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Decision reached in Hells Angels' legal tussle with e-store Redbubble

Ruling over Death Head logo.  

The Australian wing of infamous outlaw motorcycle gang the Hells Angels will receive “nominal” damages of just $5000 from craft and t-shirt online marketplace Redbubble after the Queensland arm of the global brand lost the bulk of an intellectual property infringement claim lodged in 2015.

Redbubble on Monday morning issued a notification to the Australian Securities Exchange that the Federal Court had “found in Redbubble’s favour and dismissed all of Hells Angels’ claims in relation to the copyright and consumer law causes of action.”

The dispute centred around the claim that Redbubble had allowed the sale of unauthorised Hells Angels’ merchandise, specifically using it’s iconic “death head” logo that features a winged skull and forms the basis of the gang’s patch for its uniform or colours.

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