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UPDATED: Man charged in tattoo shop arson previously arrested over Outlaw gang activity

A 29-year-old Regina man who faces charges over a July 2016 tattoo shop arson had previously been arrested in Ontario during a police investigation into the Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

On Jan. 12, Kelly Ryan Powell was charged with arson causing damage to property, and with uttering threats, in relation to the July 4 overnight blaze at the Gaslight Tattoo Parlour on the 1300 block of Saskatchewan Drive. After police and fire units responded to the scene, the fire was determined to have been started deliberately.

Powell made his first appearance on the matter at Regina Provincial Court on Jan. 13, and has been remanded in custody.

He also faces mischief, theft and possession of weapons charges in a Barrie, Ont. court on Thursday in relation to a July 29, 2016 incident in which a gas station ATM was broken into in broad daylight near Parry Sound, Ontario. 

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Biker gang rolls into town – Outlaws open clubhouse on Princess St.

video---Kingston – For years, Kingston has marketed itself as a place to do business. Centrally located between Montreal and Toronto with border crossings close by. But it seems that marketing ploy has also caught the attention of a notorious biker gang.
The Outlaws — the world’s third largest motorcycle club — have set up a clubhouse in this non-descript building — across from the Kingston Centre.
The only signage is this Harley Davidson logo and a warning not to take photography of any kind.
According to a former cop and expert on biker gangs, a chapter usually starts with 6 members on probation — before being elevated to full ‘patch’ status after a year.
The Outlaws aren’t hiding the fact they are opening a chapter in the Limestone City — it’s listed on their website.

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Hit man from Hamilton travelled to B.C. after contract taken out on full-patch member of Hells Angels

A high-profile Hells Angel from B.C. was the target of a murder attempt by a purported Hamilton hitman, Postmedia News has learned.

B.C.’s anti-gang agency announced late Friday that two Ontario men had been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder in separate plots that targeted two Metro Vancouver men in the spring of 2015.

Neither of the alleged victims was named by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

However, on Monday Postmedia obtained a copy of the indictment that alleges one of the men charged, Knowah Truth Ferguson, attempted to kill Hells Angel Damion Ryan with a firearm in Richmond on April 10, 2015.

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Judge to decide Hells Angel’s intentions in planned drug deal

Closing arguments have wrapped up in the drug trial of Rob Allen, and a judge must now decide the Hells Angels member’s intentions to deal drugs as part of a planned cocaine sale.

The 36-year-old's trial, which began in December, resumed Monday morning in Saskatoon’s Court of Queen’s Bench after both the Crown and defence submitted written closing arguments weeks ago.

Allen was arrested and charged, alongside 13 others, as part of the January 2015 Project Forseti raids in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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Hells Angels: Questions fly after ‘Teflon biker’ gaming case fizzles

A high-profile, multimillion-dollar gambling bust three years ago has sent one Londoner to jail and two more to trial, but allowed the former head of the city’s Hells Angels to keep his clean record.

The quiet withdrawal of charges against Robert Barletta last fall, the same day his trial began, adds to his reputation as the “Teflon biker” but raises many questions, biker analyst Yves Lavigne said.

“It’s highly suspect that a case in which police spent so many resources would end with the Crown withdrawing charges,” he said.

No one could blame those in Ontario’s underworld for thinking either the police messed up or Barletta played some get-out-of-jail-free card, Lavigne said.

“How can the cops bring to court the former president of the London chapter of the Hells Angels without having done their job properly? It’s incredible to me the former president would be free.”

Fri
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Black Piston sentenced nine years

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Isaac Lucas, the second man in charge of the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club in St. Catharines, has been sentenced to nine years in jail for his involvement in a major drug dealing operation that had links to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Following a lengthy trial last summer, Lucas, 39, was found guilty of three charges, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine, conspiracy to traffic in heroin, and trafficking in cocaine.

Thu
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Suspected Outlaw Motorcycle club member loses appeal

Decision clears way to present evidence at trafficking trial

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL -After a failed appeal, a suspected member of the Outlaws Motorcycle gang will be back in Grand Falls-Windsor Supreme Court in March.

The appeal claimed RCMP officers illegally searched Marcus Ellis’s vehicle as he was leaving a Halloween party at the Outlaw’s clubhouse in October 2014.

Court documents noted that during the stop “green colored flakes believed to be marijuana were observed on the center console of the vehicle.”

Following a discussion with the suspect, officers found a bag of marijuana on the floor of the vehicle.

At this point, Ellis was taken into custody.

According to court documents, a subsequent search resulted in the seizure of a controlled drug known as molly, plus additional marijuana, cash, a smoking pipe and baggies.

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Former Bandido biker sues jail and Queen for more than $2M for ‘loss of dignity, pain and suffering’

A former member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club is suing the Queen and the provincial government for more than $2 million because he’s unhappy with his jail accommodations.

Pierre Maurice Aragon, 35, known in biker circles as “Carlitto,” was convicted a decade ago of taking part in what a judge called the “vicious, senseless, callous and cowardly killing” of a Keswick drug dealer.

Now in jail on fresh charges of assault with a weapon, Aragon argues in legal papers that he’s due the money in part because of “loss of dignity, pain and suffering, inability to pursue education and inability to practice religion,” while behind bars.

None of the allegations filed with the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto have been proven in court.

The province has until January 23 to reply to the allegations.

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Would you want to live next to an outlaw biker gang?

Bacchus and Hells Angels have set up support clubs in the Halifax area in recent months

There are some who believe the presence of outlaw bikers has a calming effect on a neighbourhood, but one expert says that's a myth.

In recent months, two clubs tied to well-known biker gangs have set up new bases in the Halifax area and their presence has some people in those areas worried. Others think it might deter other criminals from operating in the area.  

Stephen Schneider, a Saint Mary's University criminologist and author of books on organized crime, said club houses can be "a prime target for a conflict."

"[Residents] should be wary of indiscriminate violence, and to some extent wary of more strategic violence — biker-on-biker, club-on-club violence," he said. 

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Dec
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GoFundMe aims to get Phil Boudreault back on the bike

Former Olympic boxer and longtime Hells Angels member Phil Boudreault has made good progress in his recovery from a shooting this past spring, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his girlfriend to help with his medical costs.

Boudreault, a Sudbury native who now lives in Quebec, was shot in the back while riding his motorcycle near Lachute, Que. on April 16. Police linked the shooting to organized crime.

Boudreault suffered a punctured lung and other serious injuries including pieces of shrapnel lodged in his vertebrae, prompting doctors to place him in an induced coma for a time. Since then, he has reportedly made strides in his recovery, but needs help to cover his medical bills.

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