Alleged Fallen Saints leader pleads guilty to recruiting for a criminal organization, assault

The alleged leader of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club has pleaded guilty to two charges, nearly two years after he was arrested in a high-profile police raid.

Mark Nowakowski pleaded guilty Friday in Saskatoon’s Court of Queen’s Bench to assault and to recruiting for a criminal organization.

The 47-year-old was one of 14 people arrested in January 2015 as part of an investigation, dubbed Project Forseti, into organized crime. Nearly 20 properties in Saskatchewan and Alberta, including the Hells Angels clubhouse in Saskatoon, were raided in one morning as part of the investigation.


Hells Angels see membership decline in Nova Scotia

'They dropped out because they couldn’t afford it. They dropped out because it’s too demanding,' say RCMP

A year after the Hells Angels established a new foothold in the province by opening a clubhouse in Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S., east of Dartmouth, their membership numbers have started to decline.

At the same time, the Gate Keepers, another motorcycle club affiliated with the Hells Angels, have shut down four of their seven clubhouses in Nova Scotia. 

The Hells Angels are one of the country's most notorious biker gangs. Over the years, its members have been charged with everything from murder to drug trafficking. 

Last year, the Nova Scotia Hells Angels had 16 members, but that number has dwindled to nine active members, one of whom is incarcerated, said RCMP Sgt. Angie Hawryluk. 

She's in charge of the combined forces special enforcement unit, which investigates and monitors motorcycle gangs. 


4 N.S. men facing threats charges, Gatekeepers motorcycle gang clothing seized

RCMP in Nova Scotia have charged four men with uttering threats and harassment and seized the Gatekeepers Outlaw motorcycle gang paraphernalia they were wearing.

According to police, RCMP and the Halifax Regional Police K-9 unit responded to a disturbance at a home on Highway 224 in Upper Musquodoboit on the evening of Oct. 9.

READ: Police raid Gatekeepers Motorcycle Club in New Glasgow, N.S.

Police say three men on motorcycles matching the suspects’ descriptions were arrested without incident. At the time, they were wearing clothes and paraphernalia associated with the Gatekeepers motorcycle club, which was seized as part of the investigation.

A fourth man was arrested the next day.


Criminal groups: the bill to ban the “patches” defeated in the Commons

OTTAWA | The House of commons has dealt a fatal blow Wednesday to the bill that was intended to prevent, in particular, the Hells Angels wear their “patches”.

Bill C-349, presented by the Bloc québécois in last April, was defeated 18 votes to 261 for the second reading. Apart from the members of the Bloc, only a handful of parliamentarians have supported, including many conservatives of Quebec.

Under the draft law, it would have been illegal for any member of a criminal group to wear an emblem “in order to demonstrate his membership in such an organization”. The application of the act would be based on a list of criminal entities established by the authorities, such as the one that already lists of terrorist organizations.


Police: London Outlaws biker busted in murder-for-hire plot

A London man police say is a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club is charged in a murder plot, the third member of the biker club’s London chapter to be arrested in less than two weeks.

London police, working with the OPP, arrested two men Wednesday and seized a handgun as part of a probe into counselling to commit murder.

Who was the target of the alleged plot, and when and how, police wouldn’t say, citing a continuing investigation.

The arrests come on the heels of the OPP’s biker enforcement unit charging two men, both identified as members of the London Outlaws, in connection with cocaine trafficking in the London region.

One biker expert says the string of arrests have dealt a death blow to the Outlaws’ attempt to re-establish a foothold in London, long considered the territory of the club’s bitter rivals, the Hells Angels.

“They were done from the start,” Yves Lavigne, the author of several books on outlaw biker clubs, said Wednesday.


Motorcycle enthusiasts hit Port Dover for final Friday the 13th of 2017

It will be packed in Port Dover today as the final Friday the 13th of the year is expected to draw upwards of 80,000 revellers to celebrate.

The forecast is looking to co-operate with temperatures nearing 20 C, a far cry from the last Friday the 13th back in January.

According to Const. Ed Sanchuk with Norfolk OPP, motorcyclists started arriving Thursday.


Two members of Outlaws Motorcycle Club London chapter charged with drug offences following series of raids

Police have charged two members of an outlaw motorcycle club with 18 drug and weapons offences as part of an investigation into cocaine trafficking in London.

The OPP’s biker enforcement unit, with assistance from London police and the RCMP, executed three search warrants Thursday and arrested two members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club's London chapter after a probe focusing on individuals selling cocaine in the London area.

Investigators seized cocaine, marijuana, pills, $1,200 cash, brass knuckles and a handgun, police said, pegging the street value of the drugs at $19,500.

Marco Dos Reis, 32, from London is facing 17 drug- and weapons-related charges including possession of a prohibited firearm, careless storage of a firearm and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Jeffrey Acal, 32, from Mount Brydges is charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.


Hells Angels boss Billy Miller given 15-month sentence for 'leadership role' in criminal gambling organization

In one sentence from a wiretap, Hells Angels boss Billy Miller explained why London is so attractive to outlaw bikers, drug dealers and organized crime.

“It’s not like there’s no money,” in London, he told his girlfriend in 2002. And after all, he said about the Hells Angels, “everything is about money.”

Big money landed Miller, 54, a 15-month sentence for his “leadership role” in a criminal gambling organization, Platinum Sports Book, that brought in millions of dollars and was broken up after a highly publicized bust of a Super Bowl party in 2013.

“Platinum is a large and sophisticated criminal organization that had as its main purpose . . . bookmaking,” said Justice Michael Brown as he passed sentence on Miller.

Platinum ran a website off servers in Costa Rica that took bets from thousands of gamblers across Southern Ontario on a wide range of sports.


Two very different events brought hundreds of bikers to Kelowna on the weekend

KELOWNA – Hundreds of bikers were on the streets of Kelowna this past weekend for two very different kinds of events.

The Salvation Army held their annual Motorcycle Toy Run Sunday, with 127 volunteers riding in formation from Kelowna to Lake Country and back. This is the 32nd year the Salvation Army has brought the ride to Kelowna.

Bikers from across the province were also in Kelowna last weekend for the Hells Angels annual Poker Run.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey confirmed out-of-town bikers, many showing the colours of outlaw biker gangs, were in Kelowna for an annual competition where players collect a card at several checkpoints. Prizes are awarded to players with the best poker hands at the end of the event.


New club riding with Hells Angels, police say

B.C.’s anti-gang unit is monitoring a new motorcycle club called the Savages operating out of the Langford clubhouse previously used by the Devil’s Army.

The Savages are believed to be a puppet club of the Nanaimo chapter of the Hells Angels, said Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, spokeswoman for B.C.’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, which targets organized crime groups. The Savages have set up headquarters at 2775 Spencer Rd., which was vacated by fellow Hells Angels puppet club, the Devil’s Army, a few months after it opened in May 2015.

Surveillance officers have spotted members of the new motorcycle club during group rides with the Hells Angels and its affiliates.

“We have seen them on the last couple of rides the Hells Angels have had on the Island,” Winpenny said. “So they are out there, they are publicly announcing themselves as being associated with the Hells Angels.”