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Hells Angels support club known as the Jesters has opened a new clubhouse in the 10600-block of Scott Road in Surrey

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Hells Angels support club known as the Jesters has opened a new clubhouse in the 10600-block of Scott Road in Surrey, and another group with links to the Angels -- the Shadow motorcycle club -- took over a Whalley clubhouse off King George Highway earlier this year that had been run briefly by the Outcasts puppet club. Police have seen other biker clubs started in recent months in Ashcroft, Fort St. John, Campbell River and 100 Mile House, most of whom have made appearances at events with the Hells Angels.

"This is also a phenomenon we are seeing across Canada," Insp. Gary Shinkaruk, of the RCMP's Outlaw Motorcycle Gang unit, said Wednesday. "There are more of these support puppet clubs springing up right everywhere, even in the Maritimes."Police say puppet clubs are being used as a survival tool by the Hells Angels after a series of recent convictions of high-profile members and the growth of violent rival mid-level drug gangs such as the United Nations and Red Scorpions. The puppet gangs -- so-called because the Hells Angels are thought to pull their strings -- create a much larger network that HA members can use criminally, while insulating themselves from law enforcement. Just this summer, as the Haney chapter of the Hells Angels celebrated its anniversary, police saw bikers wearing a three-piece patch for the fledgling "Devil's Army" motorcycle club. Shinkaruk said the Devil's Army is headed by long-time Hells Angel associate Ricky Alexander, 54.The patch shows the puppet club as operating out of Campbell River, although Alexander is a Lower Mainland resident who owns an acreage in Mission and condos in Burnaby and Pitt Meadows. "They came out of the Haney (Hells Angels) clubhouse sporting those colours. That certainly indicates they have the approval," Shinkaruk said. "It is certainly my belief that they are going to be subservient to Haney and at their beck and call." He said the Haney chapter has "had internal strife and difficulty with the Red Scorpions," two reasons why they might want to expand their circle of friends.The new Devil's Army head visited the RCMP in Campbell River to tell them the group was not criminal, Shinkaruk said. Alexander was convicted in April of 2001 of possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition after being stopped in Vancouver with what police believed was a hit list in the glove box of his rental car and a loaded pink handgun in his waistband. The first name on the hand-written list was "John Suspect" who Vancouver police said was a person of interest in the murder a month earlier of full-patch Angel Donald Roming. Also on the list were three of John Suspect's associates, including a man later gunned down at a Vancouver gas station.
Rick Ciarniello, spokesman for the Hells Angels, denied Wednesday that his club has any puppet or support groups. "We don't have any of those," he said. "I have nothing to say about any of that. It has nothing to do with us." Asked about the Devils' Army being present at the Haney party this summer, Ciarniello said: "Everybody who comes to our event doesn't necessarily have anything to do with us."

Sentenced Nicholas Frank "Shonky" Cassidy, 46, and James Scott Parnwell Knight, 41, to two years and six months in jail for assaulting two men in the brawl at the Airport Hotel

Friday, 25 September 2009


sentenced Nicholas Frank "Shonky" Cassidy, 46, and James Scott Parnwell Knight, 41, to two years and six months in jail for assaulting two men in the brawl at the Airport Hotel in December, 2007.

Cassidy and Knight were found guilty by a jury earlier this week.Knight was also found guilty of going armed in public with a claw hammer, and of a breach of a suspended sentence for not answering questions of the Australian Crime Commission.Cassidy was given a non-parole period of 15 months, and Knight was given 20 months.
Justice Riley said the attack "was of a kind which causes disquiet in the community".
Cassidy, Knight and four other men attacked two brothers after Cassidy was knocked out in a fight started over a "fat" joke at Cassidy's expense.

"chop shop" being run out of a Phoenix home by members of the Hells Angels.

Police arrested six people Thursday in connection with a "chop shop" being run out of a Phoenix home by members of the Hells Angels.A search warrant was served at 3054 West Redfield Road, near 31st Avenue and Thunderbird Road.Police said two of the people arrested were members of Hells Angels motorcycle club and two other are associates of Hells Angels.Police said they found stolen motorcycles parts and 10 altered or scratched of VIN numbers when they searched the home.They said they served the search warrant after conducting a three-month long investigation.Phoenix police have yet to release the names of the people they arrested.They face various several charges including own or operate a chop shop, theft of means of transportation, altered or manipulated VIN, illegal control of an enterprise, participating in a criminal street gang and possession of marijuana.

Arizona jury labeled the Hells Angels a criminal street gang when they convicted a gang member in an assault case at a Scottsdale bar.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

A Maricopa County Superior Court jury handed down the precedent-setting verdict in the trial of Nathaniel Sample, 32.Sample was convicted of aggravated assault and of acting for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

Trouble broke out when members of the Hells Angels support group AK81 and immigrant youths arrived at the courthouse on Nytorv in Copenhagen.

“Café tables and chairs were thrown but no-one was seriously injured and we have not arrested anyone,” the Duty Police Officer tells Ritzau.Friends of those on trial also threatened journalists sent to cover the trial, but a police operation prevented the situation developing.According to an eyewitness, a group of some eight young immigrant youths were waiting in front of the courthouse when five aggressive and vociferous bikers rounded the corner.“The biker-types went straight onto the attack at the group in front of the courthouse with a baseball bat, chairs and tables – but the youths counterattacked,” Ritzau quotes the witness as saying.After a short battle, both groups are reported to have run off.Inside the courthouse, the first major case in the Copenhagen gang war had come to trial.Two young gang members are accused of shooting at a Hells Angels-related clothing and tattooist business in Nørrebro last September. The young men shot through the window of the shop from a scooter, grazing the manager’s neck.

Full-patch member of the Nanaimo Hells Angels, will go on trial in January in B.C. Supreme Court on charges of assault, kidnapping, extortion and uttering threats.

A trial date had been set in provincial court for Hells Angels member Lea Sheppe, 57, and Dean Madill.
While the pair were in court on Sept. 2, the trial instead became a preliminary hearing and they were ordered to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 18.They have chosen trial by judge alone.Both are charged with assault, uttering threats and extortion on March 21 and forcible confinement on March 23 in Errington. Madill is charged with aggravated assault on May 23 against a man who suffered serious head injuries that required surgery in Victoria. A ban on publication prevents the victim from being publicly identified or evidence heard at the preliminary hearing being reported.

Striker force was established days after a fatal bikie brawl at Sydney airport between members of the Comancheros and Hells Angels.

Mr Daley said police had since seized firearms, motorcycles, cars, cash, drugs, drug manufacturing equipment and had also dismantled large-scale drug manufacturing and distribution networks."Each day police from local area commands are targeting bikies with simple but effective measures, routine firearms inspections, premises inspections, traffic stops, bail compliance checks, they're driving them crazy," Mr Daley told NSW Parliament on Tuesday.But Mr Daley said he was concerned about a police raid at the Bandidos clubhouse in Petersham, in Sydney's inner-west, on Saturday after drunk children as young as 13 were seen leaving the venue.Alcohol and cigarettes were seized in the raid, as well cash and a 30cm hunting knife, police said."It's pretty clear what the marketing strategy here is - kids, come and get your smokes and drinks from us now, come back in a few years time for your ecstasy and methamphetamine," Mr Daley said."It won't be tolerated and police will jump on top of it, we all hold that sort of behaviour in contempt."

Full Throttle Motorcycle Club 37-year-old Kenon Macon, of Bakersfield, was killed outside Clem's, on Muscat and Valentine.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

37-year-old Kenon Macon, of Bakersfield, was killed outside Clem's, on Muscat and Valentine. Investigators say there was a large party there, with several hundred bikers in attendance. Two other people were also shot, but they are expected to recover. Macon was a member of the Full Throttle Motorcycle Club. The Fresno County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to come forward.

A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty

A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty

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