Mon
24
Jul

Hells Angels act like angels in Calgary

Police say it was a relatively quiet weekend on city streets even with hundreds of Hells Angels motorcycle gang members in town to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Calgary chapter.

Just two members of the motorcycle club were ticketed for minor traffic infractions, police said.

"It went as we had expected. It was fairly quiet. Just a couple summonses written," said Supt. Cliff O'Brien.

Calgary police warned the public last Thursday that around 500 bikers would be rolling into town to gather for a weekend of partying in part to mark 20 years since the patch-over ceremony when the Hells Angels took over from the Alberta Grim Reapers. 

Hells Angels from across Canada are in Calgary this weekend

Fri
21
Jul

Hells Angels tight lipped on weekend plans in Calgary

About 500 Hells Angels motorcycle gang members are expected in Calgary this weekend, but they’re not answering any questions about what they’ll be doing in the city.

A group of about 30 Hells Angels spent much of the morning at the Harley-Davidson store near the Calgary International Airport. Wearing patches identifying them as belonging to chapters from Ontario and Quebec, the gang members spoke with Harley-Davidson employees and wandered around perusing the merchandise.

A group of about a half-dozen stood outside the front entrance, keeping an eye on who was coming and going. Leather-jacket clad members showing up on motorcycles were met with shouted greetings and bear hugs. The occasional non-member walked by them into the store darting nervous glances from side to side, but the Hells Angels were all smiles.

Thu
20
Jul

Hells Angels and other ‘outlaw motorcycle gangs’ expected in Calgary this weekend: police

Calgary police are warning the public to expect an influx of “outlaw motorcycle gang members” in the city this weekend, including the Hells Angels, as they attend a local event.

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) said they will be partnering with the RCMP to monitor the motorcycle clubs and make sure they abide by the law.

We do not anticipate an increased risk to public safety, however, there is always a potential for violence associated with organized crime and motorcycle gangs,” police said in a news release.

Motorcycle clubs host several events across Canada every year and police say the gatherings have historically been held without incident.

Anyone who spots suspicious activity in Calgary this weekend potentially related to motorcycle gangs is asked to call bla bla bla...

Mon
03
Jul

Motorcycle association speaks out against police linking bikers to drugs and violence

A motorcycle club association in the province is speaking out against the police for comments linking biker clubs to drug trafficking and a rise in violence.

Last week, Cpl. Mike Kerr — with the biker enforcement unit of the RCMP — said the strengthening of the Hells Angels in Nova Scotia once again has come with an increase in violent activity.

“The law enforcement tactics are no longer relying on facts and evidence, but on assumptions, opinions and stories from the past,” said a release from Stephen Wallace, chair of the Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents.

Sun
02
Jul

REAL SCOOP: Hells Angel David Giles dies months after record sentence

Just three months after he was sentenced for his role in a major international cocaine conspiracy, a senior member of the Hells Angels has died.

David Giles, 67, passed away Canada Day in Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

He had been an inmate at the Pacific Institution, acting assistant warden Ronnie Gill said.

Giles had been ill throughout his trial in B.C. Supreme Court for conspiracy to import and traffic cocaine.

He was convicted last September, but only sentenced on March 31, 2017 after he fought unsuccessfully to have the case thrown out due to the length of time the case took to get to trial.

Justice Carol Ross handed Giles an 18-year sentence, minus credit for time served for a net term of just over 11 years.  

Fri
30
Jun

Ex-Bandidos member suing SPVM, city of Montreal for $6.5 million: reports

Tony Duguay, a former member of the Bandidos motorcycle club convicted in 2006 for the murder of Hells Angels member Normand “Biff” Hamel and then acquitted in 2016, is suing the city of Montreal, the SPVM and two detectives for $6.5 million, Le Journal de Montréal reports.

Duguay was acquitted in 2016 by the Quebec Court of Appeal when informant Sylvain Beaudry admitted to lying during his testimony. According to court documents, Duguay said he blames former police detective Benoit Roberge and detective Jean-Pierre Pelletier for making “intentional errors” to force Beaudry to “lie in court” to obtain a guilty verdict.

Thu
29
Jun

Head of Rock Machine biker gang arrested in drug bust: report

Jean-François Émard, the presumed head of biker gang Rock Machine, was among six arrested in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield Thursday morning. The arrests were part of a larger anti-drug operation by the Sûreté du Québec, in which his home was searched and methamphetamine, prescription pills and a loaded weapon were seized. 

The SQ also searched two other locations where drugs, notably cocaine, methamphetamine and weed, were known to be sold. Émard and two of the arrested women, Jessica Chercuitte-Dallaire and Roxanne Gagnon, appeared in court in Valleyfield today.

Émard faced charges of drug trafficking, possession of a firearm, indecent acts and obtaining property by committing a crime. Gagnon also faced charges of drug trafficking and obtaining property by committing a crime, while Chercuitte-Dallaire was charged with drug trafficking.  

Émard was released from prison in April after having spent five months behind bars. 

Tue
27
Jun

Full return of Hells Angels looming in Nova Scotia: police

Police say violence, drug trafficking associated with biker gangs is on the rise in the province

Police in Nova Scotia say they expect a full-fledged chapter of the Hells Angels to be established in the province in a matter of months.

Last year, a support club opened in Musquodoboit Harbour, just east of Dartmouth. Police say that club is already having an impact.

"We have seen, over the course of the last six months, a number of incidents that have gone unreported to police," said RCMP Cpl. Michael Kerr in a briefing with reporters on Tuesday.

Kerr cited cases where victims of crime wouldn't come forward or couldn't be located, or witnesses wouldn't co-operate with investigators.

Mon
26
Jun

Gang member acquitted due to judge's 'grave concern' about witness reliability

A member of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club who was caught up in the massive police investigation called Project Forseti was found not guilty of 17 gun charges.

The charges against Clint James McLaughlin dated back to March 28, 2014, when police were conducting surveillance on two people — Noel Harder and Steve Mychan — who they believed were going to exchange guns. On that day, Harder drove to both McLaughlin’s and Mychan’s homes. As Harder was driving away from Mychan’s house, police stopped him and found nine guns in his truck.

Instead of facing charges, Harder made a deal with police to work as a confidential informant and became a police agent in Project Forseti, a 15-month investigation that spanned seven cities in Saskatchewan and Alberta and resulted in seizures of huge volumes of drugs and firearms and numerous charges against members of the Hells Angels and Fallen Saints biker gangs.

Sun
18
Jun

Judge doesn't buy Warlocks motorcycle gang member's 'self-defence' claim on weapon's charges

A former member of the Drayton Valley chapter of the Warlocks motorcycle gang was convicted of several weapons charges on Friday after a judge called his claims of self-defence "nothing less than an act of vigilante justice". 

Dean McKnight, identified as the once-president of the Drayton Valley Warlocks in RCMP documents filed with the court, was arrested and charged in 2014 amid a police investigation into escalating tensions between rival gangs in the community southwest of Edmonton. 

Court heard that police found a handgun in McKnight's jacket when they arrested him, and then executed a search warrant at his home, recovering a number of other firearms, including a handgun in an unlocked case and a bag full of rifles. In addition to the weapons charges, McKnight was charged with breaching the 10-year weapons prohibition he was subject to at the time of his arrest.

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