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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)

Sat
09
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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.

Family sees justice

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.

Tue
05
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Parts of Hells Angels report ruled inadmissible at civil forfeiture trial

A B.C. judge has criticized a retired police expert on the Hells Angels as biased

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has criticized an “expert” report about the Hells Angels filed by the Director of Civil Forfeiture as full of biased, unsubstantiated claims about the biker club.

Justice Barry Davies ruled that several parts of the report are inadmissible in the director’s long-running civil case against the Hells Angels.

Davies was also critical of the report’s author, retired Ontario Provincial Police Det. Staff Sgt. Len Isnor, who Davies said relied on his “long held” conclusion that the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club is a criminal organization.

Isnor testified in December at a voir dire (a trial within a trial) to determine the admissibility of his report.

Fri
22
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Man charged with armed robbery of victim in St-Léonard double homicide

Laval resident is charged with carrying out an armed robbery on one of two men killed on Dec. 24.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with carrying out an armed robbery on one of the two men who were killed in a shooting in St-Léonard on Dec. 24.

A bail hearing at the Montreal courthouse is scheduled for Monday for Fodil-Abderhamane Lakehal, a resident of Laval. He was arrested this week by the Montreal police as part of their investigation of the deaths of Davis Arbour, 38, of Anjou, and Marc-Hilary Dasilma, 41.

Both men were killed as part of what police believed was an argument that involved several people inside an apartment on Jean-Talon St. E., near du Come St.

Thu
21
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Al Potter talks about family's private island, Hells Angels chapter to undercover cop

RCMP officer posing as debt collector had conversation during car ride to Belmont, Ont.

Al Potter had plans to open his own motorcycle club in central Newfoundland, with six solid members who were serious about following the rules and paying their dues — something he said some members of the Vikings often failed to do. 

That and details about Potter's family's private island were revealed in a conversation Potter had with an undercover police officer while they drove from Minden to Belmont, Ont., on Sept. 25, 2016.

Little did Potter know, he was one day away from being arrested for the 2014 stabbing death of Dale Porter, and he was getting comfortable in the passenger's seat as the two men drove to do a "small job."

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21
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Former notorious Hells Angel spent months in jail for road-rage incident

Jacques Pelletier took part in the slaughter of fellow gang members in 1985

A former Hells Angel who took part in one of the most notorious crimes committed in Quebec when he and other bikers slaughtered fellow gang members three decades ago is a free man again, despite having recently pleaded guilty to assaulting someone during a road-rage incident in Montreal.

Jacques Pelletier, 63, was a full-patch member of the Hells Angels in 1985 when the gang decided to slaughter several members of its now-defunct Laval chapter. The gang members who were killed in what became known as the Lennoxville Purge were considered unruly drug dealers whose actions affected relations with other organized crime groups, notably the leaders of Montreal’s West End Gang who supplied the gang with cocaine.

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16
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Hells Angels controlled cocaine, meth sales in New Brunswick, police say

Police say the Hells Angels want to eventually control the drug trade in all Maritime provinces

Police say they've dismantled a major drug network that allegedly controlled most of the cocaine and meth sales in New Brunswick and eastern Quebec.

Investigators allege two brothers managed the territory on behalf of the Hells Angels' Nomads chapter in New Brunswick, collecting a tax from dealers who want to sell cocaine or meth in the area.

Thu
14
Feb
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Hells Angels targeted in early morning raids in Quebec, New Brunswick

Police searched locations in Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspé, Magdalen Islands, New Brunswick

A total of 32 people were arrested in a series of early morning raids on Thursday targeting drug-trafficking networks in eastern Quebec and New Brunswick with alleged ties to the Hells Angels.

The raids, conducted by the Sûreté du Québec, were carried out in 20 different communities across the two provinces, including in the Lower St. Lawrence region, the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands.

The SQ says that, in a period of just four months, the trafficking network brought in $2.4 million, of which $250,000 was given directly to the Hells Angels as a distribution tax.

"The Hells control the territory and allowed networks to sell drugs. Those networks then paid a tax based on the quantity of drugs sold," SQ spokesperson Capt. Guy Lapointe said at a news conference in Quebec City. 

Wed
13
Feb
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Vikings MC member turned police agent names Al Potter as stabber

Man, 39, observed Shane Leonard throw Al Potter's knife in Atlantic, jury told

Protected by sheriffs officers and two plainclothes, armed police officers — one of whom carried a large army-style duffle bag on his arm — the witness walked into the courtroom and came within metres of a man with which he once shared an inner circle.

On Wednesday, the 39-year-old man, now in witness protection and whose identity is covered by a publication ban, testified against Al Potter, who's standing trial for the 2014 stabbing death of Dale Porter.

The dull hum of florescent lights in the courtroom only added to the tension which comes with one man testifying against a former ally.

"I was asked to be a prospect by Shane Leonard and that was back in 2014," the man said, wearing jeans, a hooded sweater and sunglasses on his head.

"I was given a vest … and after that I received my full patch. It was in late July 2014."

Fri
08
Feb
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Blood found at clubhouse, murder trial told in St. John's

Jurors at Allan Potter's trial shown knife, autopsy photos

(photo gallery) --- A hand. An arm still bearing a hospital bracelet. A toe tag. A shoulder with a recognizable tattoo.

It wasn't easy stuff for family members of Dale Porter to see in Supreme Court Wednesday.

The contents of his jeans pocket. A blue Helly Hansen jacket, cut by paramedics' scissors. A black T-shirt full of holes, worn the night Porter was fatally stabbed.

Porter's loved ones were emotional, dabbing their eyes with tissues and comforting each other as photos from his autopsy were presented, but they did not leave the courtroom, determined to see to the end the trial of one of the men accused of his murder.

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