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Kim Bolan: Hells Angels hold annual 'Screwy ride' to honour slain East End biker

(video an photo gallery) --- About 80 Hells Angels and associates gathered at the bikers’ East End clubhouse Saturday morning for their annual ride to pay tribute to fallen comrade Dave (Screwy) Swartz.

Specialized police officers, who investigate outlaw motorcycle gangs, were also on hand to take photographs and videos as the riders arrived.

Vancouver police traffic enforcement officers checked vehicle registrations of several Hells Angels, prompting East End chapter president John Bryce to head out to talk to police.

Some of the bikers muttered insults at officers, who were stationed across from the clubhouse, located at 3598 East Georgia St.

VPD Sgt. Jason Robillard said police were out in force “to monitor and ensure that the rules of the road are followed.”

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Supreme Court of Canada rules on Nova Scotia Hells Angels hitman case

Crown argued 1st-degree murder conviction against Dean Kelsie should be reinstated

The Supreme Court of Canada has closed the books on a Nova Scotia murder case involving a Hells Angels hit that has dragged on through the justice system for nearly two decades.

In a hearing Wednesday in Ottawa, the court dismissed an appeal by Nova Scotia prosecutors who were seeking to reinstate a first-degree murder conviction against Dean Daniel Kelsie.

But the Supreme Court did find Kelsie guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree murder, an offence that carries an automatic life sentence with no parole eligibility for between 10 and 25 years.

Kelsie, 45, was twice convicted in the killing of Sean Simmons, who was gunned down in the lobby of an apartment building in north-end Dartmouth, N.S., on Oct. 3, 2000.

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Alleged bikers want charges thrown out

Lawyers for three reported Vikings members argue for dismissal under Jordan ruling

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Lawyers for a trio of alleged Vikings Motorcycle Club members charged with drug trafficking and criminal organization offences are arguing for a dismissal of the charges, given the length of time it has taken to bring the men to trial.

Vincent Leonard Sr., James Curran and Wayne Johnson were arrested Sept. 28, 2016 as part of a joint RCMP/RNC investigation called Operation Bombard.

However, much of the disclosure in the case against them — which amounts to hundreds of thousands of pages of documents in total — was not given to their lawyers until October 2018.

The men had been scheduled to go to trial Jan. 15 of this year. Proceedings were postponed after their lawyers successfully argued they didn't have enough time to review the 60,000 pages they received in the fall in order to build a defence.

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Dozens of bikers attend funeral for Hells Angels member gunned down in Peel Social Sharing

Dozens of bikers turned out on Saturday afternoon for the funeral of a Hells Angels motorcycle gang member shot to death in Mississauga earlier this month.

Motorcycle club members from across Ontario and as far away as Quebec and British Columbia attended a service for Michael Deabaitua-Schulde at the Vescio Funeral Home in Woodbridge.

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Fourth man arrested in connection with deadly daylight shooting in Mississauga

A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with a deadly daylight shooting in Mississauga earlier this month.

Investigators say 32-year-old Mississauga man Michael Deabaitua-Schulde was shot to death in the parking lot of a commercial plaza near Dundas Street and Cawthra Road on the morning of March 11.

Police say the incident occurred in view of people who were exercising at a nearby boxing gym.

The perpetrators, according to police, fled the scene in a blue Honda Civic, which was found in flames in the area of Rymal and Tomken roads a short time after the shooting.

Police say Deabaitua-Schulde was a “well-entrenched member” of the Niagara chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and was the “target” of the attack.

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3rd man arrested after Hells Angels member fatally shot in Mississauga

Peel police say a third man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant in connection with a fatal shooting in Mississauga has surrendered to police.

Police said they responded to a call around 11 a.m. March 11 at the Huf Gym at 700 Dundas St. E. near Cawthra Road.

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Officers found a man, identified as 32-year-old Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators confirmed on Thursday the victim, who was known to authorities, was a member of the Niagara chapter Hells Angels motorcycle gang and was targeted.

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Hundreds of Hells Angels expected for murdered biker’s Woodbridge funeral

Joseph Pallotta, 38, is wanted on a Canada-wide first degree murder warrant in the death of Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, 32. All of Ontario’s roughly 200 Hells Angels members are required to attend Deabaitua-Schulde’s funeral, a source said.

A massive turnout is expected for the funeral of Michael (Diaz) Deabaitua-Schulde, 32, a full-patch Hells Angels biker who was murdered in broad daylight at a Mississauga strip mall Monday.

All of Ontario's roughly 200 Hells Angels members are required to attend and Hells Angels charters from across the country must also send members, a biker source told the Star.

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Police ID man, 32, shot to death at Mississauga plaza

Investigators have identified a 32-year-old man who was shot to death in the parking lot of a commercial plaza in Mississauga on Monday morning.

Peel Regional Police said the victim was shot in the parking lot of a plaza on Dundas Street East and Cawthra Road at about 11:15 a.m., in view of a number of people who were working out at a nearby boxing gym.

Emergency crews arrived to find a man suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was rushed to a hospital trauma centre where he was later pronounced dead.

On Wednesday, police identified the victim as Michael Deabaitua-Schulde of Mississauga.

Investigators say Deabaitua-Schulde was a "full patch" member of the Hells Angels.

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Victim of fatal shooting in Mississauga plaza a member of Hells Angels

A full patch member of the Hells Angels was the victim of a fatal shooting Monday in a Mississauga plaza that sent bystanders scrambling for cover in what was described as a “chaotic scene.”

The shooting outside a popular gym comes amidst a massive shuffling amongst the Hells Angels in Ontario, multiple sources told the Star.

Peel Region police on scene after a shooting at 700 Dundas St. E. in Mississauga on Monday.

Peel Region police on scene after a shooting at 700 Dundas St. E. in Mississauga on Monday.  (Bryon Johnson / METROLAND)

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Al Potter, guilty of 1st-degree murder, will be 81 before he's eligible for parole

Jury took 2.5 days of deliberations to return guilty verdict in Dale Porter slaying

Al Potter has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Dale Porter.

A collective gasp and outburst of tears were heard from the first row of the courtroom gallery Friday, as a 12-person jury returned with its verdict.

"Mr. Potter, I sentence you to life imprisonment without chance of parole for 25 years," Supreme Court Justice Garrett Handrigan told Potter, following the verdict.

Potter was arrested in September 2016 for the vicious stabbing death two years earlier of Porter, a father of two and fisherman from North River, Conception Bay North.

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The slaying, which happened at the bottom of Porter's driveway, remained unsolved for more than two years until the RCMP conducted an undercover operation aimed at Potter.