Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Motorcycle Clubs Targeted

Oxley, New South Wales, Australia (September 29, 2020)- Knuckle dusters, a zombie knife and steroids have been seized from the homes of suspected Motorcycle Club members as part of Operation Jerichos, a covert police operation across the North West.

Officers attached to Oxley Police District established Operation Jerichos to target the disruption of motorcycle club related crime within the Oxley Police District.

As part of ongoing inquiries, detectives, with the assistance of Strike Force Raptor investigators, served three Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPO) at homes in Tamworth, South Tamworth and Kootingal from 7.45 am on Friday, 25 September 2020.

Subsequently, police conducted FPO searches at three homes in Tamworth, one in Kootingal and a further two in Gunnedah.

Oxley Police District Commander, Superintendent Kylie Endemi, said police will continue to target the disruption of criminal networks, and the unlawful possession of firearms.

“With the assistance of Strike Force Raptor, Oxley Police District will continue to run these high-impact operations not only to target members and associates of outlaw motorcycle gangs, but also to disrupt their activities,” Supt Endemi said.

“We will not tolerate public acts of violence – or any activity – that creates fear and puts the safety of our community at risk.

“I would like to stress to the community that any information you might be able to provide about criminal activity in the area is extremely valuable.

“We rely on the community to be our eyes and ears on the street, and if you have any information that could help with our investigation – we want to speak to you.”

Investigations under Operation Jerichos are continuing.

SOURCE: Namoi Valley Independent

Outlaws MC Clubhouse Searched

Sydney, Nova Scotia (September 29, 2020) - One man is facing drug charges after a Cape Breton Regional Police investigation into illegal organized crime activities. Police seized $120,000 worth of drugs, including 600 grams of pure cocaine, shatter (cannabis resin), Ritalin, hashish, and $12,000 in cash after searching two homes Friday on Phalen Road.

Officers also seized clothing affiliated with the Black Pistons motorcycle club and arrested two men. Officers then searched a McKeen Street address, identified as the home of the Black Pistons and Outlaws motorcycle clubs, where they arrested two more men on weapons and liquor charges and seized the Black Pistons and Outlaws clothing they were wearing.

Charged are Colton Ben Kiley, 31, of Glace Bay who is scheduled to appear in provincial court Tuesday. He is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking in Ritalin and possession of property obtained by crime (money).

David Kyri King, 46, of Glace Bay, is scheduled to appear in provincial court November 9 charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and the illegal sale of alcohol under the Liquor Control Act.

Andrew Jim Roberts, 36, of Glace Bay is to appear in provincial court November 16 to enter pleas on numerous counts of breaching court orders.

A fourth person, not associated with the motorcycle clubs, also faces drug charges. The 62-year-old Glace Bay man is to appear in provincial court October 26 charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking in Ritalin and possession of property obtained by crime (money).

SOURCE: Cape Breton Post

Monday, September 28, 2020

Hells Angels Associate Set For Trial

Kelowna, BC Canada (September 28, 2020) - A "known associate" of the Kelowna Hells Angels Motorcycle Club will appear in court to begin his long-awaited trial on October 19.

Colin Bayley was charged last spring with aggravated assault on May 6, 2019 after he allegedly put a 41-year-old man in hospital.

The Kelowna RCMP executed a search warrant at the Kelowna Hells Angels MC clubhouse on May 15, 2019 as part of their investigation into Bayley, and the 30-year-old was arrested just a few hours later.

The trial was originally scheduled to begin in January this year but was moved to September, and has now been delayed until October 19.

While the details of the alleged aggravated assault are not yet known, Bayley is restricted from having any contact with employees of Doc Willoughby's Pub, and from visiting the 300 block of Bernard Avenue.

He is also banned from wearing any Hells Angels clothing, or associating with anyone wearing Hells Angels clothing, along with attending the Hells Angels clubhouse.

At the time of his arrest in May 2019, Bayley had just completed a 12-month probation period for a prior assault he committed in January 2017.

Bayley remains out of custody on bail.


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Cops Say MC Member Killed

Houston, Texas, USA (September 27, 2020) - A reported encounter between rival motorcycle clubs left a member shot and killed at a bar in northeast Harris County, according to deputies.

All this happened at the Hawg Stop Bar and Grill in the 11400 block of Sheldon Road at Garrett around 7:50 p.m. Saturday Night.

Deputies said they were working diligently to identify the shooter based on surveillance video, but said it may take longer than expected. While there were cameras inside the bar, the shooting occurred outside.

As of this writing, it's unclear how the fight started, but police investigators believe the shooting was a result of the clubs' ongoing rival with another motorcycle club.

The victim had not yet been identified, but deputies described him as a white male between the ages of 35 to 40.


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Suspected Hells Angels Member Found Dead

Ontario, Canada (September 26, 2020) - The Ontario Provincial Police say the “sudden death” of a man in Beckwith Township is now being investigated as a homicide.

“A post mortem examination, conducted in Ottawa on September 25, 2020, determined the death was the result of homicide,” police said Friday evening.

Police responded to a home on Scotch Corners Road before 10:30 a.m. Thursday and found Gregory Slewidge, 39, dead on the scene.

According to police sources, Slewidge is a full-patch Hells Angel member. He is also the son of Lyndon Slewidge, a retired OPP officer who was the official national anthem singer for the Ottawa Senators for more than two decades. There was no answer at the Slewidge family home in nearby Ashton on Friday morning.

Lanark County OPP officers, under the direction of the OPP’s criminal investigation branch continue to probe the death.


Outlaws MC Member Free On Bail

Fall River, Massachusetts, USA (September 26, 2020) - Joseph (“JoJo”) Noe walked out of Fall River Superior Court Friday with a GPS bracelet around his ankle after posting $50,000 in bail. Outside, several members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, some wearing masks, greeted Noe with hugs as he emerged from the courthouse.

Noe is accused in the shooting death of Oak Bluffs firefighter Eric Voshell, who was a member of the Sidewinders Motorcycle Club, an affiliate of Hells Angels.

Noe, who had been held for a year without bail, was granted bail earlier this week by Judge Renee Dupuis. He had to test the GPS ankle bracelet by walking around the outside of the Fall River Justice Center under the guard of court officers. Members of the Outlaws MC followed them around the building.

Noe was in court Friday for a series of motions in the case.

Voshell’s wife appeared to be watching the court proceedings via Zoom.

Outside the courthouse, defense attorney Rob Galibois spoke on Noe’s behalf saying he’s grateful for the court’s decision. “We were grateful of course for the court paying careful attention to the evidence over the course of the two-day hearing. I think the best comment that could possibly be made on the state of the evidence comes directly from the court herself. From her decision to release my client on bail, her honor wrote, ‘the facts of this case call into serious question the strength of the commonwealth’s case given the lack of evidence tending to support the commonwealth’s ability to prove that the defendant did not act in proper defense of another.’”

“In other words,” Galibois added, “the evidence shows he did act properly in defense of another.”

Earlier in the week, Dupuis ruled that the prosecution failed to demonstrate premeditation required for a first-degree murder charge during at two-day bail hearing. Video evidence from outside JC’s Cafe in Fall River where the altercation between the rival clubs played out shows a chaotic scene, Dupuis wrote.

Galibois successfully argued that Noe was defending his uncle who was being beaten by members of the Sidewinders who were brandishing cylindrical objects, brass knuckles and knives. The Outlaws were outnumbered 3-1, according to the judge’s description of the videos.

Noe showed some restraint before pulling out his gun that night. “When a woman appeared to be pleading for calm, one of the Sidewinders swung a hammer at her face. Noe took out his firearm and pointed it toward the ground,” Dupuis wrote.

When he noticed his uncle getting beaten, he fired the gun. Voshell was killed and two others were injured.

Galibois said he expects the case to go to trial in September.

SOURCE: Martha's Vineyard Times

Friday, September 18, 2020

Grim Reapers MC Members Busted In Drug Raid

Evansville, IN, USA (September 18, 2020) - A raid by federal law enforcement agents in Evansville is having reverberations in the drug trade that reaches from Daviess County to Mexico.

U.S. Attorney for Southern Indiana Josh Minkler announced the raids in Evansville that led to the arrest of 17 people, most of them members of the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club.

“Drugs, guns and money have been taken off our streets,” said Minkler."This is big news. This is a big win.”

The raids in Evansville resulted in the confiscation of 23 weapons, the seizure of $35,000 and the recovery of 10 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $250,000.

“This is a huge victory for us,” said Drug Enforcement Agent Mike Gannon. “We’re going to identify every single one of you pushing this poison in our community. We’re going to use every resource we can and hold you accountable and put you where you belong, in jail.”

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The raid is expected to have an impact on the drug trade in Daviess County.

“We do not have a direct link that we can trace to that group,” said Daviess County Sheriff Gary Allison. “But any time you can take a large amount of meth like that off the street in our region, it will have an impact. I am certain that if we were able to trace back the small bags that we recover that some of it would lead back to Evansville.”

Officials say Central Holman IV, 28, Owensboro, was the ringleader of the operation. Most of those arrested lived in Evansville and Owensboro although one man, Daniel Wiscaver, 61, Winslow, was also swept up in the raid.

The arrests and raids in Evansville were part of a larger set of indictments on drug operations that reached into California and Mexico. Eleven defendants were indicted in Evansville on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and fentanyl.

“Drug trafficking organizations operate on greed and takes advantage of the addiction problem this community, our state and our nation faces,” said Minkler. “This illegal activity cannot and will not be tolerated. I am fully committed, my office is fully committed, and the federal, state, and local law enforcement partners are fully committed, to help stop the flow of narcotics into this state and this community.”

Those indicted include two fugitives from Mexico, five from California and one each from Washington state, Tennessee, Arizona and Ohio.

Authorities say the investigations resulted in seizures of 123 pounds of methamphetamine, 769 grams of fentanyl powder, 114 fentanyl pills, 500 oxycodone pills, 345 grams of heroin and $14,346 in cash.

“The aim of these types of investigations is to remove illegal narcotics and violent drug dealers from our community and country,” said Dan McClain, US Marshal, Southern District of Indiana. “This investigation is an example of the tremendous teamwork and comradery shown by all organizations involved from start to finish.”

“These results are the reason that we are involved with these federal investigations,” said Allison. “These raids will have reach out well beyond Evansville to impact the drug trade over a large area, including ours.

But the sheriff says that even these big raids are not enough to stop the drug trade.

“I don’t think this will lead to people cooking their own meth again,” said Allison. “As long as there is a demand for meth someone new is going to step in and try to become the new supplier.” 

SOURCE: Washington Times Herald

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Hells Angels Member Now Has Sentence Date

Sudbury, Canada (September 15, 2020) - A sentencing date is now set for a full-patched Hells Angels Nomad chapter member from Ottawa who has pleaded guilty to a drug charge in Sudbury court.

Joshua Khosrowkhani, 33, who was facing five charges arising from his arrest August 1, 2019, and was in custody at the Sudbury Jail, pleaded guilty via video conference July 29 to cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking. Sentencing has been delayed a number of times. A date will now be set September 16.

The court has heard that in the summer of 2018, Niagara Regional Police, Greater Sudbury Police and the Ontario Provincial Police started a joint investigation into a cocaine trafficking ring that operated across Ontario, including Greater Sudbury.

Dubbed Project Skylark, the investigation included the wiretapping of communications in April and June 2019 of a network of drug trafficking in Nova Scotia and Ontario and concentrated on the Red Devils motorcycle club and the Hells Angels Nomads chapter.

Police identified Khosrowkhani, a full-patch member of the Nomads chapter, as one of three targets.

Wiretapped communications showed Khosrowkhani selling cannabis products ranging in price from $250 to $300 an ounce.

On August 1, 2019, a search warrant executed at Khosrowkhani’s home in Ottawa turned up cocaine, MDMA, cannabis marijuana, cannabis edibles, other cannabis products, and $10,500 in cash.

Five at locations in Greater Sudbury were also raided that day. Police in here seized about $420,000 worth of drugs, including methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, and shatter. Five handguns, three long guns, and $50,000 in cash were also seized.

Seven people were arrested and charged in Greater Sudbury as a result of the searches.

SOURCE: The Sudbury Star

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Pagan's MC Helps Local School

Huntington, West Virginia, USA (September 13, 2020) - It takes a village to get students and teachers properly prepared for a new school year, and a local motorcycle club helped in a big way.

The Pagan's Motorcycle Club recently took a weekend ride through Huntington’s Southside neighborhood, where they dropped off much needed supplies for students and teachers at Southside Elementary School.

Art teacher Courtney Arnold carries a box of supplies as the Pagan's Motorcycle Club rides by Southside Elementary School after donating classroom items to the students and teachers.

The Pagan's Motorcycle Club rides by Southside Elementary School after donating supplies to the students and teachers.

Teachers and students alike were there to greet the the many motorcycle riders, collect all the donations and offer their thanks for the support of their school and local community.

SOURCE: The Herald Dispatch 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Cops Plan To Watch Hells Angels Event

Winnipeg, Canada (September 12, 2020) - Winnipeg police say they will be monitoring a Hells Angels event this weekend that will bring a large number of motorcycle club members to the city and its surrounding areas.

In a tweet shared Sept. 12, the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) announced they would be monitoring a Hell's Angels Winnipeg Chapter Motorcycle Club Event taking place over the weekend.

Police say members of the Organized Crime/Biker Enforcement Unit will monitor the event for the safety of the public.

A large number of members of the motorcycle club are predicted to be in and around Winnipeg for the event, as well as members of supporting clubs.


Friday, September 11, 2020

Warrants Issued for Suspects in Stabbing

Mandan, North Dakota, USA (September 11, 2020) - Authorities have issued arrest warrants for four men suspected of stabbing a man during an attack on a rival motorcycle club member at a Mandan street dance in July, court records show.

Morton County authorities on Friday filed murder conspiracy charges against Nash Wollan, 48, of Williston; Nicholas Kinsella-Gref, 28, of Mandan; Girard Lee Glaser, 49, of Mandan; and Edward Nuckols, 32, of Mandan. The four also face felony charges for allegedly being part of a criminal street gang, court documents show.

Police say the men are members or aspiring members of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club, according to an affidavit. The man who was stabbed stepped in to help a friend, who is a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, police say. The man was taken to a Bismarck hospital for treatment of eight stab wounds and a collapsed lung. His name was not released.

Court records do not list attorneys for any of the wanted men.

According to the The U.S. Department of Justice: North Dakota has historically been territory claimed by the Sons of Silence, police say. Another motorcycle club in recent years joined the Hells Angels, which Sons of Silence members may have seen as a challenge.

SOURCE: Bismarck Tribune 

Hells Angels Member Wins Lawsuit

Denver, Colorado, USA (September 11, 2020) BTN- Five Colorado police agencies paid $25,000 and issued an apology to a Hells Angels member after an officer two years ago joked that he’d shoot the man to get “paid vacation.”

The settlement stems from a federal lawsuit filed in April by Anthony Mills against the city of Greeley, the town of LaSalle and the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, as well as individual officers from those jurisdictions and from the Kersey and Garden City police departments.

The suit came in response to an April 8, 2018, incident in which David Miller, a LaSalle police officer, pulled over Anthony Mills for speeding.

Saying he “loved getting to (expletive) with” the motorcycle club, Miller asked the other officers who had responded to make sure their body cameras were off as they shared stories about the violent acts they had committed against members of the group, Mills’ attorney, Sarah Schielke, said in a news release announcing the settlement.

“Officer Miller then announced to the group that if Mr. Mills did anything he didn’t like: ‘I’m shooting him! I need some paid vacation!’ ” Schielke said, citing footage from the officer’s own body camera, which he’d left on.

As part of the settlement, Miller issued an apology to Mills, and has since resigned from the department, Schielke said.

“When police officers openly discuss with one another their disdain for one group of citizens that they are sworn to serve and protect, and make jokes about killing those citizens for ‘paid vacation leave,’ they normalize police misconduct and murder,” Schielke said in a statement. “Cop jokes about some lives not mattering inevitably fosters a culture of police officers who are much more willing to pull the trigger on those same lives later.”

The incident marks at least the third time in recent decades in which Colorado cities have paid money and have been forced to apologize to Hells Angels members.

Denver settled two cases — one in 2003 and another in 2008 — over lawsuits alleging illegal searches and traffic stops against bikers.

In November, federal agents in Denver raided the motorcycle club’s Highland neighborhood headquarters, arresting 14 members on organized crime charges. Those cases are still working their way through the courts.

SOURCE: The Denver Post

Police Investigate Shooting Death

Lawton, Oklahoma, USA (September 11, 2020) - Lawton Police officers were called around 4 a.m. to 1806 SW Monroe on a shooting. A male was found suffering a gunshot wound, according to Officer Andrew Grubbs, LPD information officer.

No reference to where the man died, whether at the scene or at a hospital, has been reported. The two story home has a large banner for the Outlaws Motorcycle Club displayed. Any connection has not been released.

“Detectives are still actively investigating the scene. … still interviewing witnesses,” Grubbs said. Grubbs said detectives will identify the victim and offer more information this afternoon.

The shooting death is the sixth from gunfire this year, according The Constitution’s records. It marks two, very recent cases of lives ended by gunfire.

SOURCE: The Lawton Constitution 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Hells Angels Club President Released

Oakland California, USA (September 10, 2020) BTN - A federal magistrate judge signed off on the release of a high-ranking Sonoma Hells Angels member, who is facing charges that he participated in a plot to murder a fellow club member who had fallen out of favor with the club.

But the Thursday morning order by U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi is not the end of the debate; the U.S. Attorney’s office is appealing the release order, meaning that the defendant, Jonathan “Jon Jon” Nelson, will remain at Santa Rita Jail for the time being.

If Nelson’s release is approved, he will be required to adhere to certain conditions; he is forbidden from interacting with other Hells Angels members or going to clubhouses. He will also be forbidden from using a computer or the internet and be limited to a flip phone.

Nelson, named by federal prosecutors as the president of the Hells Angels Sonoma Chapter, was indicted in 2017 as part of a large-scale investigation into the Hells Angels. Eleven club members — most of whom were tied to the Sonoma Club — were charged with racketeering and engaging in serious violent crimes, including murder.

But Nelson’s attorneys have painted him as a “father, son, coach, and small business owner” who is well-respected in the Sonoma area. One of the biggest defense points in favor of releasing Nelson was that he spent several months out of jail after the 2017 indictment.

He was detained in September 2018, when prosecutors filed new charges that made Nelson eligible for the death penalty. When the government decided not to pursue death in this case, Nelson’s attorney have moved for him to be released from jail.

“I believe one important fact in Mr. Nelson’s favor was his previous good performance while released in this case for over nine months on the previous indictment,” said Jai Gohel, one of Nelson’s lawyers. “Also, it is clear that the fact that Mr. Nelson no longer faces the death penalty was enough to tip the balance towards his release.”

Nelson is facing charges that he conspired with several other Hells Angels to murder Joel Silva, a former Hells Angels sergeant-at-arms who prosecutors say had fallen out of favor with his fellow club members. Prosecutors allege that Nelson lured Silva to the Fresno clubhouse, where another member shot him in the head. Silva was illegally cremated at a nearby funeral home, according to prosecutors. Brian Wendt, the president of the Fresno Hells Angels chapter, is alleged to have pulled the trigger.

SOURCE: The Mercury News

Roar To The Shore Event Canceled

Wildwood, New Jersey, USA(September 10, 2020) BTN - Members of the Pagan's Motorcycle Club are expected to be in the resort this weekend, police said, even though an annual motorcycle event they frequent has been canceled.

Police are aware that members of the club will be in the city this weekend, police Chief Robert Regalbuto said Thursday, adding he doesn’t know what they’ll be doing as there’s no event attached to their visit.

“Everybody’s welcome here; anyone who rides a motorcycle is welcome to come to town,” Mayor Pete Byron said. “We just hope that they remain respectful and regard the rules on the governor’s orders. We welcome everyone to town.”

The Pagan's are a fixture at Roar to the Shore, an annual motorcycle event in the city, as it’s a “mandatory run” for club members in the state. However, the event was canceled this year after the city denied organizers necessary permits, according to the event’s website.

The city paid about $40,000 for police overtime at last year’s Roar to the Shore, according to previous reports. In a Facebook post, police listed 26 arrests during the event for charges ranging from possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose to possession of a controlled dangerous substance, but it was unclear whether all the charges listed were filed against Roar participants.

SOURCE: The Press Of Atlantic City

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hells Angels Member Denied Parole

Quebec, Canada (September 8, 2020) - A founding charter member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Quebec has been denied parole on a drug-trafficking sentence — in part because he remains loyal to the motorcycle club.

Michel (Sky) Langlois, 74, also told the Parole Board of Canada he is not interested in being transferred to a halfway house because he fears contracting the coronavirus. He was denied both full parole and day parole. During a hearing held last week, Langlois’s case management team recommended day parole was acceptable in his case but full parole would be “premature.”

Langlois was arrested in April 2018 in Project Objection, a probe led by the Escouade nationale de répression contre le crime organisé (ENRCO). The investigation alleged a few Hells Angels based in Quebec, including Langlois, controlled drug networks in specific locations across the province.

An undercover agent met with Langlois and another Hells Angel on Aug. 9, 2017 at restaurant on Drummond St. in downtown Montreal to discuss the distribution of drugs in the Outaouais region. The agent learned Langlois claimed to have title over drug trafficking in Petite Nation, a regional county municipality, and was partners in the distribution of nearly 300,000 meth pills and several kilos of hashish.

On Oct. 3, 2018, Langlois pleaded guilty at the Montreal courthouse to charges of drug trafficking, conspiracy and gangsterism charges. His sentence left him with a prison term of just under 33 months. At the time, Langlois agreed with a summary of facts that were read into the court record. But he told a different story to the parole board last week — that he was merely helping a friend by selling meth and never saw the drugs being sold.

A written summary of the board’s decision indicates Langlois worked on a farm as a teenager before he left for Montreal. In 1963, he began to hang around with the Popeyes, another of Quebec’s motorcycle club at the time.

In 1977, Langlois and several members of the Popeyes were recruited into the Hells Angels and formed the clubs’s first chapter in Canada, based in Montreal. In 1997, he became a founding member of the club’s South chapter, based on the South Shore.

Langlois does not deny he is a Hells Angel but, he told the board he “never committed an offence at their incitation,” according to the summary.

“You do not consider the Hells Angels to be a criminal organization and you adhere to this group solely out of a love for motorcycles and that the group does not recommend to its members that they commit crimes,” it says.

The parole board noted Langlois has been a model inmate who worked in the penitentiary’s library before it was forced to close because of the pandemic. But the board could not overlook the fact Langlois continues to meet with organized crime figures while behind bars.

Langlois will become eligible for a statutory release sometime next year.

SOURCE: Montreal Gazette

Hells Angels Host Charity Event

Akron, Ohio, USA (September 8, 2020) BTN - An annual lemonade stand that raises money for children battling cancer is coming to a local Hells Angels Motorcycle Club this year. Kiely’s Lemonade Stand helps raise money each year for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Akron with children who are battling cancer.

The fundraiser, which usually is held in Streetsboro, will take place this year in Akron. Brandy Taylor said the Akron Hells Angels Motorcycle Club volunteered space this year to host the seventh annual event.

Taylor said the lemonade stand started after her daughter Kiely’s two cousins, Ryland and Jocelyn, were diagnosed with brain cancer. Taylor said the brother and sister were diagnosed in 2011 and 2012, and are now cancer free.

She said the Ronald McDonald House was amazing with helping out the family, which inspired the family to organize the stand each year.

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Rather than selling lemonade and cookies for a fixed price, patrons can choose their donation, Taylor said. The club is at 560 N. Howard St. in Akron.

Taylor said they’ll also hold raffles for gift cards and other items donated before the stand opens up. Since the fundraiser started, she said they’ve raised close to $18,000. Taylor said they’ve donated to 17 families so far.

Part of the proceeds also go to making goodie bags each Christmas for children battling cancer. Last year, 50 bags were given to children in the hospital over the holidays.

People interested in learning more can visit facebook.com/KielysLemonadeStand

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Reported Gunfight Between Rival Clubs

Houston, Texas, USA (September 6, 2020) BTN - Three people were shot Saturday during a gunfight outside a southwest Houston bar. It happened in the 9900 block of Fondren around 11:30 p.m.

The shooting happened as rival motorcycle clubs fought in the parking lot, investigators said. One person was shot five times and was last listed in critical condition. Two others were wounded but are expected to survive.

Witnesses were not cooperating with police as they worked to find out what led to the violence, Houston police said. No arrests had been made as of Sunday morning.


Convictions Reversed in Hells Angels Case

Montreal, Canada (September 6, 2020) BTN - Four people who were convicted four years ago on charges alleging they helped three Hells Angels members launder their money have succeeded in having their convictions reversed on appeal.

In a decision released on Thursday, the Quebec Court of Appeal ordered that the trial of Richard Felx, 62, Michel Ste-Marie, 75, and his children Dax, 45, and Marie Ste-Marie, 47, should not have proceeded.

All four were first charged in 2009 in Operation Diligence, an investigation led by the Sûreté du Québec, into how members of the Hells Angels based in Quebec had infiltrated specific segments of the province’s construction industry. As part of the same investigation, Felx, a former notary, and the others, were found to have helped Normand (Casper) Ouimet, 51, Martin Robert, 45, and Alain Durand, all full patch members of the motorcycle club, hide their money.

In a trial held at the Laval courthouse in 2016, Quebec Court Judge Gilles Garneau found all four guilty of money laundering, conspiracy and gangsterism. Felx’s role was to create trusts and an offshore company in Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, where he was able to send his clients’ money.

Ste-Marie and his children had a company that specialized in credit recovery and helped the three Hells Angels move their money around and into offshore bank accounts based in Mauritius. They charged a 10-per-cent commission on their transactions.

After they were convicted, Felx and the others were sentenced to prison terms of between 42 and 66 months.

But before the trial started, Garneau was asked to rule on a defence motion arguing it took the prosecution too long to prosecute the case. The four accused were first charged, along with Ouimet and Robert, in 2009 and the trial began seven years later. The motion was even argued before the Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision in 2016, commonly referred to as the Jordan ruling, setting very strict limits on how long a person charged with a crime should expect to wait before they have a trial.

Garneau ruled that, while he agreed it took the prosecution too long to bring the case to trial, placing a stay of proceedings on the charges would not have been an appropriate remedy in their case. Garneau wrote that “society has a certain and primordial interest in seeing the accused undergo their trial.”

On Thursday, three Quebec Court of Appeal judges issued their unanimous decision. They ruled that the only remedy available was to have a stay of proceedings placed on the charges filed against all four. They quashed the guilty verdicts and ordered a stay of proceedings on the charges.

“The first (error in Garneau’s decision) is an assumption that an appropriate remedy allows a measure of discretion in the assessment of various factors and that this discretion allows a judge to decline a stay of proceedings if he or she should conclude that it is not an appropriate and just remedy. An unbroken line of jurisprudence since (a precedent-setting case) has held that the only available remedy for a finding of unreasonable delay is a stay of proceeding,” Superior Court Justice Patrick Healey wrote on behalf of all three of the appellate court judges.

SOURCE: Montreal Gazette