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Shooting victim's biker past not connected to his death, family says

Donnie Robichaud was a full-patch member of Bacchus until one year ago, according to his family

A Fredericton shooting victim left Bacchus Motorcycle Club a year before his death, aiming to spend more time with his two teenage sons.

But his family says Donnie Robichaud's biker past is not connected to the shooting that took his life.

"He was away from his sons a lot and he wanted more time with them," said his wife, Melissa Robichaud.

"He felt like a bad father. He felt like a bad husband."

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Hells Angels arrive in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu for annual gathering

Members of the Hells Angels biker gang and their sympathizers have begun arriving in Quebec for a weekend gathering.

Authorities ramped up checkpoints and their overall presence today in the southwestern Quebec region where gang members will be staying.

READ MORE: Hells Angels, over 500 bikers expected near Saint-Hyacinthe, police ask public to avoid area

The Canada Run, the Hells’ annual gathering, is being held this year in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, southeast of Montreal.

Authorities say some 500 full-patch Hells members and up to 200 sympathizers are expected to attend.

Police were keeping tabs today on who was coming into the area before allowing them to proceed.

The gathering is being held in Quebec for the first time since 2008.

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08
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OPP eyes Outlaws-Hells Angels rift as murder-plot charges dropped

The Ontario Provincial Police biker unit is keeping a watchful eye on London’s shifting motorcycle gang landscape after a murder-plot charge against the Outlaws’ local chapter president was recently withdrawn, says the OPP squad’s leader.

The Crown last month withdrew a charge of counselling to commit murder against Ryan Daigneault, 42, just one week before he was scheduled to go to trial.

Two members of the Hells Angels – the dominant biker gang in London and the longtime rival of the Outlaws – were the intended targets of the alleged hit, according to sources and court documents obtained by The Free Press.

“We’re very aware of the issues between the rival gangs. We will continue to monitor whether this release has an impact,” said Det.-Staff Sgt. Anthony Renton, the head of the OPP biker enforcement unit.

“And if it does increase tensions, it’s part of our function to try to establish that information.”

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Aug
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Hundreds of Hells Angels expected in St-Hyacinthe this week

It is a way for them to plant their flag and show off their colours. ... It is also a chance for us to show off our colours," the SQ says.

Anywhere between five and seven hundred people tied to the Hells Angels are expected to roll into St-Hyacinthe this week for what could turn out to be the biker gang’s largest gathering in Canada.

The annual get-together, which the gang calls their Canada Run, is traditionally a peaceful event that some bikers have even brought their children to. But the police believe the Canada Run serves as a way for the Hells Angels, considered to be the most powerful criminal organization in Quebec, to remind their rivals and the public in general that the gang is alive and well in Canada.

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Hells Angels to hold annual ‘Field Day’ party in Waterloo

WATERLOO — An annual bash for outlaw bikers is set for later this month at a private property in Waterloo.

The summer Field Day event, which has a long-standing tradition in Waterloo, is a gathering of Hells Angels bikers, their associates and support groups, said Staff Sgt. Jason MacDonald, head of the intelligence unit with Waterloo Regional Police.

The invitation-only event has been held at a private home on Conservation Drive for more than 20 years, say police. In the past, up to 300 bikers have showed up to the party.

"The primary purpose on why we are there is public safety and highway safety," MacDonald said.

Although hundreds of bikers usually converge on the property, there have rarely been issues and police say they don't expect any problems this time either.

"We are not concerned about the party," MacDonald said.

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30
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Biker landscape changing as Outlaws boss freed on charge

The president of the London Outlaws motorcycle club has walked away from a charge of organizing a hit on a member of the rival Hells Angels, The Free Press has learned.

The Crown withdrew the charge against Ryan Daigneault, 42, Thursday, one week before he was supposed to go to trial for counselling to commit murder.

Related firearm charges against co-accused Daniel Tranquair, 31, also were withdrawn.

The sudden release of Daigneault could change the already shifting biker landscape in Southwestern Ontario, with police warning recently of increased tensions between the two clubs.

The Hells Angels will not be pleased Daigneault was freed and will push for retribution, they say.

“The Hells Angels will lose credibility if nothing happens,” one longtime Outlaw biker said.

“This is a serious matter. There have been threats on both sides. This could be dangerous for the public, if it gets out of hand.”

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Former Hells Angel now trying to help youth avoid his poor choices

(video) --- KAMLOOPS — A tale of an outlaw biker, who falls from grace and end up addicted to drugs on the streets of East Vancouver. It sounds like a script meant for Hollywood; instead, it was Joe Calendino’s life story.

Calendino was a full patch member of the Hell’s Angels before falling into a life of drug addiction on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. During his journey through recovery, he decided he wanted to help others avoid the choices he made which got him into trouble, so he wrote a book, outlining his life’s journey, and was at Chapter’s bookstore in Kamloops on Saturday signing books and meeting fans.

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Bacchus gang's 'criminal organization' designation could lead to more prosecutions

'It’s significant because the laws were brought during the height of the biker wars back in the 1990s.'

The Nova Scotia prosecutor who handled the extortion and intimidation case against three Bacchus Motorcycle Club members calls a judge's declaration that the club is a "criminal organization" a landmark decision that may lead to similar prosecutions in the future.

Crown attorney Glen Sheuer said it's the first time an outlaw biker gang in Nova Scotia has been found to be a criminal organization under the Criminal Code, and he believes it's the first conviction of its type in the province.

"One club has been found to be a criminal organization in this particular situation," he said. "It confirms the appropriateness of the police looking at this type of activity in similar organizations and may lead to more prosecutions in the future."

Sat
28
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Hells Angels gather in Niagara Falls

Hundreds of Hells Angels descended on Niagara Falls on Saturday to attend the funeral of one of their own.

Zavisa Drecic, a member of the Woodbridge chapter of the Hells Angels, died July 12 of a heart attack at the biker gang's clubhouse.

The 53-year-old was a former member of the Niagara chapter of Hells Angels.

The funeral mass was held in Vaughan on Saturday morning and then a procession of 400 motorcycles and more than 100 vehicles made their way to Fairview Cemetery in Niagara Falls where Drecic was laid to rest.

It is mandatory that Hells Angels members from across the province attend the funeral of a fallen member.

Saturday's service at the Stanley Avenue cemetery was also attended by members from clubs from Quebec as well as eastern Canada.

Police were on hand to monitor the gathering.

"We're here to ensure traffic flow and safety to the public," said Niagara Regional Police Det. Sgt. Shawn Clarkson.

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28
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Anti-gang police monitor Veterans MC ride in Lower Mainland

Police say the the group, a ‘three-piece’ patched club has ties to the Hells Angels
 

Anti-organized crime police were in Aldergrove Saturday keeping an eye on a ride by a B.C. motorcycle club.

Sgt. Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. said in a video posted to Twitter that the unit would be monitoring the ride by the Veterans Motorcycle Club.

The Veterans MC is a motorcycle club of Harley-Davidson riders, including Canadian armed forces and NATO-member nation veterans.

The Veterans website says they are not what is often referred to as an “outlaw” or “one percenter” motorcycle club.

“We are not a 1% club, nor do we have the intention of becoming one,” their main page says.

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