January, 2012

Interesting times in London jail

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Three men are awaiting bail on gun charges after a London, Ont. Hells Angel was shot. The shooting comes after a week-long bombing binge against biker rub-and-tugs and the venerable Flesh Gordon’s strip club. It’ll be interesting how their security goes behind bars. The London Free Press reports that there are seven street gangs operating in London, aside from the more established Hells Angels and Outlaws. When I went to school in London, the town seemed to like its reputation as a slightly stodgy insurance town. Back when I went to Western, I remember a senior police officer denying there was any organized crime in the city. Now there are more biker clubs and street gangs (nine) than there are teams in the CFL (eight).

Street gang blamed in London Hells attack

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

All the heat isn’t from the rubbing of staffers at London, Ont. strip clubs. In London, a  Hells Angel is shot, along with a female companion. A string of strip clubs in London and St. Thomas are attacked. And the folks arrested are from a street gang, not the Outlaws? The times are a-changing.

London, Ont. gets hotter

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Fires at a strip club and other businesses connected to the London, Ont. Hells Angels. Now more violence. Safe to say things are heating up in the Forest City.

Stop the presses! Fires at London biker businesses may be linked!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

You don’t rise up in policing by being a quote machine. Witness the quotes from the London, Ont. police, when they finally break their silence about a string of fires set at biker-related businesses in London, Ont. over the weekend.

London fire-bombings at Hells connected businesses

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

It wasn’t so long ago that the wildest thing in London, Ont. was when someone varied the pinstripes or lapel widths of a business suit. London’s now a fascinating spot in the biker world, with one of the most organized Hells Angels chapters and real competition from the Outlaws. These recent fire-bombings suggest the Angels won’t have an easy ride.

Organized and crime

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Few people in the mainstream know about it. Fewer still can pronounce its name. But the ‘Ndrangheta (en-dran-getta) – or Calabrian Mafia – is for real.

I’ve heard an argument from old school bikers that they weren’t really organized crime because they weren’t that organized. The ‘Ndrangheta is both, to the point that one of their biggest problems is now to launder their money.

 

Theft allegations with a twist

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

There was a time – there must have been – when being an outlaw meant avoiding the courts. Not so any more, even in wildest Winnipeg.

Paper trail retrial

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Just how did the old Niagara Hells Angels get their hands on confidential police documents? The Crown has managed to win a new trial against an officer they claim is dirty. The officer has maintained that the Angels broke into the police station. Stay tuned.