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17
Apr
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Accused denies misleading full-patch Hells Angel in attempt to get him involved in petty dispute

A prosecutor suggested Thursday that a Hells Angels associate accused in the brutal slaying of a Kelowna dad had lied to and manipulated a full-patch member of the notorious motorcycle club into helping him fight the victim’s sons.

Court has heard that accused Daniel McRae and his brother and co-accused Matthew McRae were engaged in a long-running petty dispute with the sons of Dain Phillips, who was beaten to death in June 2011.

Crown counsel Joe Bellows suggested during his cross-examination of Daniel McRae that the accused had manipulated Hells Angel Norman Cocks into joining them in their fight with Kody and Kaylin Phillips.

“I completely disagree with that,” McRae told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mark McEwan.

Several hours prior to the slaying, Cocks punched Kaylin Phillips at a recycling depot after McRae had spotted him as he and Cocks were driving by, court has heard.

Tue
15
Apr
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Bemister case back in court for pre-sentencing

A Grand Falls-Windsor man was in provincial court in Gander April 14 for a pre-sentencing report on a number of charges stemming from incidents at two Gander bars Sept. 29.

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BACK IN COURT – Patrick Wallace Bemister, 27, was in provincial court in Gander on April 14 for a pre-sentencing report. Bemister is to be sentenced on May 15 for three charges of assault and a breach of probation stemming from incidents that occurred at two Gander bars on Sept. 29.

Thu
10
Apr
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Beacon News (blog) Kaos Krew MC member charged in Spruce Grove drug bust

~Peter Goodsell Jr of Kaos Krew MC charged with drug-related counts~

A member of the Kaos Krew motorcycle club is facing a number of drug-related charges after he was pulled over in a traffic stop in Spruce Grove on Wednesday evening.

Cpl. Colette Zazulak of the Spruce Grove RCMP says the Edmonton biker club member, Peter Goodsell Jr, 29, along with 31-year old Amanda Lindstrom were pulled over by police during the early evening hours on April 9.

Zazulak says “Police noted a strong odor of fresh marihuana emanating from the vehicle, and arrested both occupants for possession of a controlled substance”.

During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly found three ounces of pot along with 30 bags of cocaine and a large knife.

Inside each bag of cocaine, there was between 35 and 40 grams of the drug.

Thu
10
Apr
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Hells Angels sue former mining boss for wrongful dismissal

Hells Angels sue former mining boss for wrongful dismissal

 

Three mine workers who lost their jobs because of their membership in the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club are suing their former boss and others for wrongful dismissal.

Photograph by: Tyler Brownbridge , The Windsor Star

 

Three mine workers who lost their jobs because of their membership in the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club are suing their former boss and others for wrongful dismissal.

Tue
08
Apr
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Coroner’s report examines final minutes of René Charlebois’s life

Coroner’s report examines final minutes of René Charlebois’s life

 

Hells Angels Nomads Luc Bordeleau, left, and René Charlebois at the April 2000 funeral for murdered Nomad Normand ‘Bill’ Hamel.

 

A Quebec coroner’s report released this week describes the last minutes in the life of escaped convict René Charlebois, who shot himself with a 357 Magnum last autumn as police closed in.

Charlebois was the Hells Angels prisoner to whom former Montreal police detective Benoit Roberge gave insider information about ongoing investigations into organized crime.

Sat
05
Apr
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Hells Angels meet for annual memorial ride amid strong police presence (video)

About 80 Hells Angels and supporters met at the biker gang’s East Vancouver clubhouse Saturday for their annual memorial ride in honour of a full-patch member who was murdered in 1988.

Police officers on motorcycles and in unmarked cars were also on the scene monitoring the event.

East End chapter president John Bryce said he doesn’t know why there was such a big police presence.

“We don’t even need them here. We do it every year. I don’t know why there are so many of them here,” Bryce said.

He said the event was to commemorate all the Hells Angels’ fallen members, as well as those who’ve gone missing and presumed to have been murdered.

“Every year we get together - this is the 26th year and we just go to the graveyard and celebrate the life of the brothers who died,” Bryce said.

Bryce said the only thing to see was "us ride away into the sunset and the rain.”

Fri
04
Apr
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Benoit Roberge, ex-cop who aided Hells Angels, sentenced to 8 years in prison

  Former Montreal police investigator Benoit Roberge will spend eight years in jail for selling police information to the Hells Angels.

He was sentenced Friday. In March, Roberge pleaded guilty to charges of gangsterism and breach of trust.

He was arrested last October after a double agent caught him trying to buy incriminating recordings of himself making deals with Hells Angel Rene Charlebois.

In exchange for information, Roberge was offered $125,000 by the biker gang.

With time already spent in detention, Roberge has seven years and three months to serve.

The former cop, who has testified in several court cases as a biker gang expert, said he first began selling sensitive information to the Hells Angels because he feared for his family's safety.

Choking back tears, Benoit Roberge told the court in March that his life has been destroyed and that his family is suffering.

Thu
03
Apr
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Hells Angel Jesse Bitz to stand trial in October for death threats

​Alleged that he threatened to kill mining company owner and his family

A Saskatoon member of the Hells Angels will stand trial this fall on charges he threatened to kill the owner of a local mining company.

Jesse Bitz will be tried at Court of Queen's Bench by judge alone in October. Two days have been set aside for the trial.

​Bitz is accused of eight counts of threatening to kill Leonard Banga, the owner of Xtreme Mining and Demolition. The pair had a dispute which led Banga to fire Bitz. That's when the alleged threats took place.

After firing Bitz, Banga went on to change his hiring guidelines. He then fired a handful of other Hells Angels on his workforce.

"This new hiring policy came into effect due to the matter currently before the courts, and industry expectations," Banga said outside court.

Tue
01
Apr
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Is the Rock Machine rebuilding in Quebec?

MONTREAL - Police made a discovery in a warehouse north of Montreal that may suggest a resurgence of the Rock Machine biker gang, thought to have vanished from Quebec a decade ago.

Provincial police say they arrested two men and seized three jackets bearing Rock Machine colours and logos during a raid Saturday.

Rock Machine bikers were the sworn enemies of the Hells Angels and fought them in a war that saw 160 people killed in Eastern Canada between 1994 and 2002.

Successive police raids pushed the gang out of Quebec to the west, but Rock Machine members showed their colours a few times in downtown Montreal bars in 2011 and 2012.

Police won't say if the weekend operation is a sign the Rock Machine is rebuilding in Quebec. Sgt. Anne Mathieu would only say the arrests and seizure relate to a business dispute that resulted in death threats.

Fri
28
Mar
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Rival gang eyes Hells Angels’ turf in B.C.

A top Vancouver-area cop says Rock Machine colours have been seen in the Lower Mainland

Rival gang eyes Hells Angels’ turf in B.C.

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