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.

Thu
16
Jan
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Hooligans Motorcycle Club member charged after police search unlicensed bar

After-hours establishment was run by the motorcycle club

Greater Sudbury Police and the OPP executed a search warrant at an unlicensed after-hours bar run by the the Hooligans Motorcycle Club early Thursday morning.

Just before 3 a.m. this morning, members of the Greater Sudbury Police Service Tactical Unit and Integrated Crime Team assisted by members of the OPP - Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and Biker Enforcement Unit executed search warrant at an unlicensed, after-hours bar on the Kingsway run by the Hooligans Motorcycle Club.

As a result, a 45-year-old member of the Hooligans Motorcycle Club was charged with Unlawfully Keeping Liquor for Sale while nine people were issued Provincial Offence Notices for purchasing liquor from other than authorized persons under the Liquor Licence Act (L.L.A.). 

Wed
15
Jan
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11 people connected with outlaw motorcycle gangs arrested in $427K drug bust in Prince Albert area: police

Nearly 100 officers from several police agencies were involved in 7-month investigation

A seven-month investigation into illegal drug trafficking in the Prince Albert area has resulted in the arrest of 11 people police say have connections with outlaw motorcycle gangs, and the seizure of a significant amount of cash, drugs and weapons.

Three full-patch members of the FreeWheelers outlaw motorcycle gang, and eight other people, are accused of involvement in illegal trafficking of a significant amount of cocaine and marijuana in Prince Albert and the surrounding area, police said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Tue
14
Jan
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Prince Edward Island police hoping to have “outlaw colours” banned from businesses

Police across PEI are working on a new initiative: banning clothing that promotes outlaw motorcycle gangs from businesses.

In the past 10 years, Atlantic Canada’s seen a big resurgence by one-percenters, with homegrown clubs expanding and nationally-based outlaw motorcycle gangs making inroads again, after being pushed out in the early 2000s. Even PEI, often considered a neutral territory by one-percenters, has seen growth of outlaw clubs.

Mon
13
Jan
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Biker gangs nothing new: Chief

The Loners are in Brockville – along with perhaps nine other motorcycle gangs – and they have been for some time, Police Chief Scott Fraser said Monday.

The chief was responding to news out of Cornwall that the Loners Motorcycle Club had left that city for the Brockville area.

The Loners are a “one-percenter” motorcycle club, which means its members self-identify as being outlaws. Other clubs that claim to be one-percenters include the Hells Angels, Satan’s Choice, and the Lobos, among many others.

Cornwall Police’s street crime unit told that city’s police services board on Thursday the Loners Motorcycle Club has departed Cornwall after its alleged drug trafficking operation collapsed following an aggressive street crime investigation this past summer.

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.

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.

Sat
04
Jan
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Man who refused to remove Hells Angels support hoodie at West Edmonton Mall loses appeal

A self-described “old hippie” arrested at West Edmonton Mall after being asked to remove a Hells Angels support shirt says he is disappointed after losing an appeal to the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board in the case.

Paul Sussman was taken to the ground by mall security on a Sunday afternoon in 2016. The 74-year-old, who was with his teenaged son, said security guards overreacted when he refused to take off his Hells Angels support hoodie.

 

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