Thu
24
May
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Riding Season: Outlaw bikers celebrate, police make their presence felt and the Post follows along

From Victoria Day weekend in Niagara Falls to the sprawling Friday the 13th motorcycle bash in Port Dover in October, the National Post followed along as Ontario’s bikers and cops did their colourful tango

As temperatures climb and the residuum of salt and grit from winter driving clears, Canada’s bikers start an annual routine.

Riding season is a consideration for every motorcyclist in the country, but for the subset of riders in outlaw motorcycle clubs the routine is regimented — perhaps surprisingly for bands of outlaws, bikers have strict internal rules, and in Canada those rules stipulate exactly when they have to ride their Harley-Davidson motorcycles. If they don’t have a road-worthy bike for the opening of the season, their club typically levies a fine.

Mon
14
May
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Watchdog orders inquiry into city police incident that saw man left in freezing conditions

Allegations that city police ignored a complaint about the conduct of two of its officers have led to another public inquiry into how the force investigates its own.

A decision by the Law Enforcement Review Board (LERB) to hold the hearing comes on the heels of a five-day inquiry last month into why it took the Calgary Police Service three years to trigger an investigation into the violent arrest of a Hells Angels member after a judge castigated two officers’ court testimony.

In the latest allegation, the LERB states the force dismissed a complaint by a Calgary man who says two officers detained him and then left him lightly dressed in downtown Calgary on a -17 C early morning on Dec.  28, 2013.

The incident began when constables Ben Donockley and K. Kwasnica encountered Godfred Addai-Nyamekye and two other men whose vehicle was stuck in a snow bank in Ramsay.

Fri
11
May
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Ex-Hells Angels chief 'Mom' Boucher sentenced to 10 years for murder plot

Sentence will run concurrently to life sentence he is serving for 1997 murders of 2 prison guards

 

Ex-Hells Angels chief Maurice "Mom" Boucher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to kill a former rival, high-ranking Mafia member Raynald Desjardins.

Boucher conspired with two accomplices to have Desjardins assassinated at the Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines penitentiary in 2015, according to an agreed statement of facts presented today at the Gouin courthouse. 

Boucher's plan never came to fruition, and he was arrested in his cell that year.

Sun
06
May
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Police hand out more than 240 tickets outside Hells Angels meeting

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. — Quebec provincial police say they handed out more than 240 tickets Saturday outside a major gathering of Hells Angels and other alleged criminal biker gangs.

Some 370 bikers were intercepted in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.

Most of the citations were for non-conforming motorcycle equipment or speeding.

One vehicle was also seized for a Highway Safety Code violation.

No arrests were made.

Police roadblocks could be seen along the highway leading to the hotel where the annual gathering was held.

Fri
04
May
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Former biker brought from prison to testify at Hells Angels case

A founding member of the Nanaimo Hells Angels suggested Friday that he had been unfairly convicted in an extortion case because of his membership in the notorious biker club.

Robert “Fred” Widdifield was brought from prison as a witness in the civil trial to determine if three Hells Angels clubhouses in east Vancouver, Nanaimo and Kelowna should be forfeited to the B.C. government.

When asked by government lawyer Brent Olthuis if he had a criminal record, Widdifield said: “I was convicted on a hearsay rule and I was given five years for being a Hells Angel.”

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Barry Davies declared Widdifield an adverse witness in part because of his hostile demeanour on the stand.

Davies also referred to a pretrial interview Widdifield did with a lawyer for the civil forfeiture office in which he claimed the Nanaimo clubhouse had been “stolen” from the Hells Angels when it was seized in November 2007.

Wed
02
May
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Former Hells Angel denies $500,000 payment was key to becoming police agent

A former Hells Angel denied a suggestion Wednesday by a lawyer for the notorious motorcycle club that he was motivated financially to turn on the club and become a police agent.

David Atwell, who confirmed that he was paid $500,000 to become an agent and target the Hells Angels, made the comment while he was being cross-examined in court at the trial at which the B.C. government is seeking to forfeit three Hells Angels’ clubhouses.

Joseph Arvay, a lawyer for the club, suggested to Atwell that the main reason he became an agent was the money that he would receive.

Atwell, a member of the Toronto chapter of the Hells Angels from about 2000 to 2007, conceded that there were financial benefits but insisted that when he signed a contract with police to become an agent, he didn’t know the amount of money that was involved.

Wed
02
May
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Alleged Hells Angel from Ontario surrenders himself in Montreal courthouse

Louis Matte was wanted on charges of conspiring with two Hells Angels to traffic in several drugs and with trafficking in meth.

An alleged Hells Angel from Ontario surrendered himself to authorities at the Montreal courthouse Wednesday morning after being sought for more than a week in connection with a large drug bust carried out by Quebec police last week. 

Louis Matte, 52, made a brief appearance before a Quebec Court judge during a hearing where a series of conditions were imposed on him if he wants to be released. One of the conditions required him to make a $20,000 deposit. He was taken into custody and will be detained until he can meet all the requirements of the conditions. 

Wed
02
May
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Former Hells Angel testifies at B.C. civil forfeiture trial

A former member of the Hells Angels who became a police informant and is now in witness protection provided a window into the way the motorcycle group operates as he testified Tuesday in a case that’s testing the constitutionality of B.C.’s civil forfeiture law.

B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Office has argued three Hells Angels clubhouses – in Vancouver, Kelowna and Nanaimo – should be forfeited because they are likely to be used to plan crimes. Lawyers for the Hells Angels have not yet opened their case but are expected to argue that a section of the province’s civil forfeiture legislation is unconstitutional. The trial in the case opened last week in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.

On Tuesday, lawyers for the Civil Forfeiture Office called David Atwell as their witness. Mr. Atwell was previously a member of the Hells Angels in Toronto. The court did not disclose his location and the video screen through which he was testifying was shielded from public view.

Mon
30
Apr
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Man fined for liquor sales at clubhouse

PICTOU – A man accused of keeping liquor for sale at a New Glasgow clubhouse has been fined in relation to the offence.

John Joseph MacLean, 51 of New Glasgow entered a guilty plea to a charge of keeping liquor for sale at 118 MacLean St., New Glasgow, which was the former clubhouse of the motorcycle club, The Gatekeepers. He had originally pleaded not guilty to the charge and was expected to go to trial in June.

Two other men, Daniel Simms, 54, of Colchester, and Issam Karam, 52, of Glace Bay, were also charged in relation to the July 14, 2016, incident, but their charges were withdrawn when MacLean entered the guilty plea.

Wed
25
Apr
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Biker pulls knife on cop, police allege

KINGSTON, Ont. — Police say a 20-year-old Kingston, Ont., man is facing charges after allegedly pulling a knife on an officer during a road rage incident.

They say a plainclothes officer with the Kingston street crimes unit was driving an unmarked car when the incident occurred on Tuesday night.

It's alleged the accused, who was driving a motorcycle side-by-side with two other bikes, gestured at the officer with his middle finger and the officer noticed the riders were wearing patches aligning themselves with a motorcycle club.

When the officer turned around to get licence plate numbers, the bikes pulled over and the officer confirmed two of the riders were wearing Outlaws MC vests while the third had Outlaws MC stickers on his motorcycle.

Investigators allege the accused got off his motorcycle, approached the officer in an aggressive manner, pulled out a large hunting-style knife and made a stabbing motion as he began yelling.

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