Thu
23
Feb

Sudbury police station bomber dies

Ion William Croitoru, 53, was a member of a biker gang when station was bombed in 1996

One of the men convicted in the bombing of the Greater Sudbury Police station in the 1990s has died.

Ion William Croitoru, 53, who wrestled as Johnny K-9 and Bruiser Bedlam in the WWF and Smoky Mountain Wrestling, was found dead in a Toronto halfway house, according to media reports. Croitoru was also a member of the Satan's Choice bike gang.

In 1996, he and some friends were kicked out of Solid Gold, a former strip club in Sudbury, for wearing gang colours. They plotted revenge by planning to blow the place up, but changed their minds and ended up planting the device by police headquarters, blowing a hole in the side of the building and causing more than $100,000 damage.

He was convicted in 1998, and sentenced to 33 months in jail. 

Thu
23
Feb

Two members of outlaw motorcycle gangs collared in Fort McMurray drug trafficking sting

Two men are charged after police in Fort McMurray say they arrested two members of Hells Angels support clubs — the Tribal and Syndicate motorcycle groups.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) and Wood Buffalo RCMP arrested the two men Feb. 15 as part of a drug trafficking investigation. Though both men are from Fort McMurray, one of them is a member of the Red Deer Syndicate club, say police.  

As part of the probe, police searched two homes and seized a loaded nine-millimetre handgun with the serial number removed, 40 rounds of ammunition, 40 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and several Tribal motorcycle club vests. 

Tribal and Syndicate are among two dozen Hells Angels support clubs in the province, said ALERT in a Thursday news release. A Syndicate chapter was established in Fort McMurray in 2009, compared to the newer chapter of Tribal, first seen in November 2016. 

Mon
13
Feb

Hells Angel Robert Allen found guilty of cocaine trafficking

Robert Allen charged during Project Forseti raids in 2015

A member of the Hells Angels has been convicted of cocaine trafficking.

Rob Allen, 36, was arrested in the RCMP's Project Forseti, a massive drug investigation which saw 19 homes and businesses raided across Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Crown witness Noel Harder testified he worked undercover with the RCMP trying to get evidence that Allen was organizing the movement of cocaine between the two provinces.

Wed
08
Feb

Reduced penalty for a Hells Angels, release for another

The veteran of the Hells Angels chapter in Quebec, Daniel Hudon, has just seen his sentence be reduced by almost half by the Court of Appeal and another Hells Angels veteran Alain Ruest, received statutory release recently .

Hudon, 65, was sentenced to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty, like the vast majority of Hells Angels arrested and charged after Operation SharQc, to a conspirator for murder in August 2013.

But this morning the Court of Appeal reduced the sentence to 18 months, under an agreement between the prosecution and the defense. This means that his sentence, which was due to expire in May 2018, will end next month. Hudon’s proceedings before the Court of Appeal are similar to those of some 30 other Hells Angels who applied to the highest court in the province for a reduction in sentence following the abrupt end of the sentence. Trial of five members of the Sherbrooke section in October 2015.

Wed
01
Feb

Hells Angels member gets 4 years for attack on Winnipeg teen, uncle

Rod Sweeney was found guilty of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon for attacking the two with a metal bar.

WINNIPEG — A member of a biker gang has been sentenced to four years in prison for an attack on a 14-year-old Winnipeg boy and his uncle.

Rod Sweeney was found guilty of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon for attacking the two with a metal bar.

The attack in August 2013 left the boy’s arm broken in two places.

The Crown prosecutor asked the judge to sentence Sweeney to four years in prison, while the defence wanted an 18-month provincial sentence, followed by up to three years of probation.

Sweeney, 48, was a full-patch member of the Hells Angels when he attacked the teen and his uncle as they rode by his house on bicycles.

Wed
01
Feb

City councillor says no connection with bar where Hells Angels met

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – A city councillor, whose sister owns a bar that recently played host to a meeting of outlaw motorcycle gang members, says he has no involvement with that bar.

 

Mitchell Tweel is referring to Hot Shots Sports Bar where one of the meetings was recently held.

“Do I have any involvement with Hot Shots sports bar? The answer is no. I never was involved (in the bar),’’ Tweel said. “That is owned by my sister. She is my sister and I love her dearly (but) I’ve got nothing to do with it; nothing in any way, shape or form.’’

The Guardian also reached out to Tweel’s sister, Kathy, who owns the bar, for comment.

“I don’t discriminate against anybody,’’ Kathy said. “Anybody can have a meeting here. The place is open to the public.’’

Fri
27
Jan

P.E.I. outlaw gang legislation may not hold up, says criminologist

Province proposing new legislation to limit gang activity on P.E.I.

The P.E.I. government's plan to try to limit outlaw motorcycle gang activity through legislation may meet with legal challenges, says Halifax criminologist Stephen Schneider.

The province recently announced it was considering several measures to make outlaw motorcycle gang activity more difficult.

Saint Mary's University criminologist Stephen Schneider told CBC News the use of provincial legislation to control gangs has become quite common in recent years.

 

Mon
23
Jan

Bikers gather to oppose 'fear mongering' by police, 'pandering' by premier

We 'will not be intimidated' says bikers' group, citing charter rights

A group which says it represents clubs and independent motorcyclists in Atlantic Canada says it "vehemently opposes the government's attempts to erode the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of the sons and daughters of P.E.I."

The statement was posted on the group's Facebook page after about 100 people, including some wearing various motorcycle club jackets, met at Hot Shots Sports Bar, Saturday in Charlottetown.

About 15 RCMP and city police officers stood nearby and watched.

Sat
21
Jan

Heavy police presence as bikers meet in Charlottetown

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Police forces from P.E.I. and other Maritime regions kept a close eye on a gathering of bikers in Charlottetown Saturday afternoon.

A group of about 100 bikers, ranging from members of outlaw motorcycle clubs to independent riders from across the Maritimes, took part in an Atlantic Confederation of Clubs (ACC) meeting at Hot Shots lounge to discuss discrimination against bikers.

While members were entering the bar, a large police presence remained in the parking lot taking photographs.

The Guardian approached several members and asked if they were willing to discuss the issue of biker discrimination.

Although those individuals declined, one biker later told police and media they were allowed to join the meeting.

Thu
19
Jan

Outlaw motorcycle gangs on P.E.I. subject of Premier’s address

A session on the topic of motorcycle gangs hosted by Premier Wade MacLauchlan will be held today at the Centre for Applied Science and Technology on the campus of Holland College, getting underway at 10 a.m.

 

The Guardian will have live coverage of the session on its website at www.theguardian.pe.ca. The Guardian’s Teresa Wright will also be live tweeting the event. Follow Teresa at Twitter.com/ GuardianTeresa using the hashtag #PEIOMG, which is the acronym police using for Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

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