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Police expecting huge crowds for Port Dover Friday the 13th biker rally

Provincial police say they're expecting a large turnout today for Friday the 13th in Port Dover.

Police say to keep things orderly in the community on Lake Erie, some streets will be changed to one-way and traffic barricades will be put up in some areas.

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts converge on Port Dover each Friday the 13th in a tradition that goes back to 1981 when a Port Dover motorcycle shop owner got together with some friends.

The events have drawn in excess of 100-thousand people in recent years and are a major source of income for Port Dover businesses.

Thu
12
Jul
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Don't support organized crime by buying biker gear in Port Dover: OPP

Provincial police are reminding people planning to attend Friday the 13th in Port Dover they could be unwittingly supporting organized crime groups by purchasing and wearing gear related to outlaw biker gangs.

They say the purchase of gang gear directly fuels illegal activities such as drug trafficking, violence, intimidation and human trafficking.

The O-P-P also says tensions between members of the Outlaws and the Hells Angels have been mounting.

And they say wearing any recognized gang-related clothing or paraphernalia may put people at risk of being targeted by rival outlaw motorcycle gang members.

Port Dover is on the north shore of Lake Erie, about an hour southwest of Hamilton.

Tue
10
Jul
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‘The Hells Angels are the concern’: RCMP working to combat outlaw motorcycle gangs in Nova Scotia

Seventeen years after the Hells Angels Halifax chapter folded, the Angels are trying to make a comeback in Nova Scotia, according to RCMP.

“The Hells Angels don’t have a full chapter. Do they want one? Absolutely,” said RCMP Sgt. Michael Sims, who runs a federal policing team out of Halifax.

Sims has been a member of the RCMP for 23 years. He says the Mounties are working to curb the growth of outlaw motorcycle gangs like the notorious Hells Angels.

“The Hells Angels are the concern — they’re the biggest, they’re the baddest, they’re the international criminal organization,” Sims told Global News during a sit-down interview.

READ: N.S. RCMP raid biker club in Musquodoboit Harbour  

Thu
05
Jul
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Local Hells Angels expands into Brantford

WATERLOO REGION — Kitchener's outlaw biker gang the Hells Angels — one of the largest in the province — has consolidated its presence and expanded into nearby Brantford.

In the last year, members of the Kitchener chapter of the Hells Angels have created a new standalone club in Brantford, said Det. Staff Sgt. Anthony Renton, head of the OPP biker enforcement unit.

"By doing that, the Hells Angels are able to further their reach and take more territory," he said.

The move shows that the Kitchener chapter is a well-established biker stronghold in Ontario with a "substantial" membership, allowing it to split its members and create new chapters.

It's also significant because Brantford has never had a standalone chapter, he said. It has a friend club — Iron Hawgs — that supports both the Stolen Souls and the Hells Angels.

Wed
04
Jul
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RCMP monitor Hells Angels during recent P.E.I. ride

Police officers in P.E.I. are continuing to keep a close eye on outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Police conducted a road check at the Borden-Carleton scales on Friday during a ride that included members of outlaw motorcycle clubs from other provinces.
Officers from Charlottetown, Summerside, and Kensington Police Services, along with RCMP and Highway Safety checked a group of about 30 motorcyclists, which included a large contingent of Hells Angels from New Brunswick and Quebec.
“The road check was conducted for public safety and to ensure compliance with the P.E.I. Highway Traffic Act,” said a statement from police.
Officers issued seven summary offence tickets as well as several verbal warnings during the road check.
During the weekend, police also conducted foot patrols at local hotels and bars to monitor outlaw motorcycle club members.

Wed
04
Jul
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Union defending Burnaby firefighter fired after posing with Hells Angels

The Burnaby firefighters union is pushing back against the firing of one of its members after he posed with three Hells Angels for a photo on social media.

 

The city fired Nick Elmes on June 27 after an investigation into the photo and the association of his Florian’s Knights biker club with the Hells Angels.

The controversy sprang up in early June, when the Vancouver Sun and Province reported on the photo and the fact the Knights, a Burnaby-based club made up of active and retired firefighters, had participated in rides with the Hells Angels.

Florian's Knights, biker club

Tue
03
Jul
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Fallen Saints president was aware of criminal activity, but not involved

Mark Micheal Nowakowksi was the president of a criminal organization, but he wasn't involved in any of the crime itself, his lawyer says.

While Mark Micheal Nowakowski was the leader of a criminal organization in Saskatoon, he did not personally participate in any of its criminal activity, his lawyer says.

However, the 48-year-old former president of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club pleaded guilty to assaulting an associate member and recruiting people to join the club for the purpose of enhancing a criminal organization.

The guilty pleas were entered in October and on Tuesday, Nowakowski was sentenced to 15 months in jail after Justice Mona Dovell accepted a joint submission from the Crown and defence.

Sat
30
Jun
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Bike night refuses to ban vests over gang attendance allegations

(video) --- Every two weeks, Bike Night in Paris raises money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Eerie.

The event brings out thousands of motorcyclists in an effort to promote Paris tourism, combat stigma around bikers and raise money for the charity—over $23,000 since it began.

For all of its 17 installments, Myles Rusak, the CEO of the Big Brothers Big Sisters branch, said the event has gone very smoothly.

Thu
28
Jun
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Outlaw motorcycle gangs expected to increase presence in Newfoundland and Labrador: RCMP

The RCMP is warned the public of an expected increase in the presence of outlaw motorcycle gangs in the province as the summer riding season progresses.

 Staff Sgt. Steve Conohan of RCMP criminal intelligence provided information to the media Thursday on what can be expected from members of these outlaw gangs.

“Outlaw motorcycle gangs are known for their intimidation of people in our communities and their association with criminal activities,” he said in a news release. “The public may notice increased sightings of outlaw motorcycle gangs which, at times, will ride in formations at high rates of speed, unsafely passing highway vehicles and blocking intersections. We urge the public not to engage with these gangs and to instead report sightings and any suspected illegal activity to the police so we can take enforcement action and remind these gang members that they too are subject to the same rules and regulations as all citizens.”

Thu
28
Jun
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Founder of biker club 'no longer employed' at Burnaby Fire Department

A memo obtained by Postmedia says that Nick Elmes, a firefighter who founded a biker club, is no longer employed by the City of Burnaby.

“Effective today, Nick Elmes is no longer employed by the City of Burnaby,” Acting Fire Chief Dave Samson says in the terse, one-line internal memo, which was sent out on Wednesday afternoon.

The memo’s subject is simply “Nick Elmes.”

It’s not clear whether Elmes resigned or was fired. The Burnaby Fire Department wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Earlier this month, Postmedia’s Kim Bolan revealed that Elmes and two other Burnaby firefighters, as well as two New Westminster firefighters and a retired firefighter from Vancouver were members of Florian’s Knights.

The club was recently formed and Elmes told Bolan he was one of the founders.

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