Thursday, June 30, 2016

Former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo killed in hit-and-run - Update Arrests Made

Anthony Getschel
Police in Edmonton have charged two people in the hit-and-run death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo. Jimmo was fatally injured early Sunday following a verbal argument that escalated into a fight in the parking lot of a bar. Jimmo died from blunt force trauma after being run over by a vehicle.

Anthony Getschel, 23, faces several charges, including second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing death. Jordan Wagner, 21, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

Ryan Jimmo with his mother Linda in July 2010
Edmonton police are investigating the hit-and-run death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo. Investigators say Jimmo, 34, was fatally injured early Sunday morning following an altercation in a parking lot.

Police say he had approached the driver of a vehicle and was walking back to his own car when he was struck by a vehicle, which then fled the scene. Jimmo, who was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, was pronounced dead in hospital.
Jimmo went 19-5 in his MMA career, with a 3-4 record in seven UFC fights, his last fight being a loss to Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night 67 in May 2015.

The native Maritimer had most recently lived in Arizona after stints in Edmonton and Halifax.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hells Angels Assassin Serge Quesnel

In November 2015 it was announced that Serge Quesnel had left prison. Serge Quesnel was freed after serving 20 years in prison for five contract killings including one in which he stabbed a man in the eyes with a pair of scissors. While inside prison Quesnel found religion. He converted to Buddhism.

He also obtained a Bachelor of Administration degree and turned police informer. The Journal de Montreal says Quesnel was paid $500,000 for information and for testifying against three members of the Hells Angels. He was moved to a half way house in 2012 and has now been given a new identity.

Richard Jobin
Quesnel committed his first murder at the age of 23. He and a friend killed small-time drug dealer Richard Jobin. Quesnel said he bashed the 44-year-old over the head and his accomplice then stabbed Jobin in the back with a kitchen knife.

The following month, Quesnel committed his second murder. He and the same friend killed Martin Naud, who knew details about the Jobin slaying. The duo ambushed Naud at his home and Quesnel stabbed him in the eye with a pair of scissors and then slit his throat.

Martin Naud

Louis "Mélou" Roy
He earned an introduction to Louis "Mélou" Roy, the head of Hells Angels Trois-Rivieres Chapter and one of the most influential bikers in Canada.

Quesnel was invited to the gang’s clubhouse, where he was asked to become a killer for the Hells Angels. At the time, a drug war raged between the Hells Angels and rival gang Rock Machine in Quebec. About 160 people were killed from 1994 until the conflict wound down in 2001. Quesnel was ecstatic. Sylvain Thiffault ordered him to kill Jacques Ferland, a PCP manufacturer who worked with the rival Rock Machine gang. Quesnel was paid $10,000 for the hit.

Sylvain "Baptiste" Thiffault
Claude "Le Pic" Rivard, was next on the hitman’s list. The gang offered Quesnel and an associate $15,000 for the murder. The duo caught up to Rivard in February 1995 and Quesnel shot him in the face as he sat in his car waiting at a red light.

In March 1995 he killed drug dealer Richard Delcourt. Quesnel came crashing down after his accomplice Michel "Pit" Caron talked to police about the Ferland and Delcourt murders. Quesnel was arrested by the Surete du Quebec in Quebec City on April 1, 1995.

Serge Quesnel
Quesnel was charged with the murders of Ferland and Delcourt. He quickly cooperated with police and more than a dozen Hells Angels members and associates, including Louis Roy were arrested. Quesnel confessed to five murders and plotting to murder 13 others. He received a life sentence, with parole after 12 years.

Quesnel testified at several trials, including that of Louis Roy and Sylvain "Baptiste" Thiffault. The two bikers were acquitted. Quesnel released a book about his underworld experiences, "I Was a Killer for the Hells Angels". It pulls no punches about the evil performed by Quesnel during his time as a contract killer.

Hempstead Village biker brawl averted, Nassau police say

As many as 100 bikers surrounded the Hells Angels clubhouse in Hempstead Village on Sunday, ready for a clash, but left after police showed up in force.

A group called the Unknown Bikers motorcycle club came “in force to retrieve vests” after they were taken by Hells Angels. The Unknown Bikers club is based in Brooklyn. Hempstead Village police and about 50 Nassau officers from four precincts converged at the Hells Angels motorcycle club quarters on Henry Street.
Photos of the scene showed Nassau SWAT officers wearing bullet-resistant vests and carrying rifles as they walked on the roadway toward the motorcycle club.
Police put themselves between the two motorcycle clubs, and the Unknown Bikers eventually left.

Police shoots suicide bomber and flees seconds before explosion at Istanbul airport

Turkish authorities released shocking video following an assault by three suicide bombers at the country’s largest airport that killed at least 41 people.

Airport surveillance video appeared to show an attacker, felled by a gunshot from a security officer, blowing himself up seconds later.

2016's Ugliest Dogs in the World

Competition was fierce at the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California. After nearly a week of intense consternation, flying e-mails filled with CAPITAL LETTERS and !!!, dueling eyewitness accounts, nasty social media and bruised feelings galore, it is over.
SweePee Rambo is the ugliest dog in the world.
SweePee Rambo is a 17-year-old Chinese crested and is blind, incontinent, nearly bald, almost toothless. Her spine is bent at a 90-degree angle, and her arthritic legs are permanently akimbo. Her owner adores the creature and takes her everywhere. He repairs communication lines for a living, and SweePee climbs up telephone poles with him in a backpack slung over his shoulders.

City of Saint-Hyacinthe sewage dump kills thousands of fish

Quebec's Environment Ministry says it did not authorize the dump of 8,000 tonnes of raw sewage by the City of Saint-Hyacinthe that experts and local officials believe led to the deaths of thousands of fish in the Yamaska River.

The city carried out the dump on June 28 in connection with expansion work on the city's wastewater treatment plant.
Saint-Hyacinthe Mayor Claude Corbeil said Tuesday that poor communication between municipal departments led to the dump.

Corbeil said his administration takes full responsibility for a series of errors that led to the dump being approved despite low water levels in the river and its slow flow.
"There was a lack of communication, a series of bad decisions," Corbeil said. Drinking water quality was never at risk from the wastewater dump, the mayor said, noting the source of the city's drinking water is upstream from the wastewater plant where the dump originated.

There were 651 sewage spills in the Yamaska River in 2015, according to the Rivers Foundation, a Quebec non-profit organization.

In 2015, the City of Montreal faced intense criticism for its decision to dump more than eight billion litres of raw sewage in the St. Lawrence River.

Black Lives Matter Toronto Extorts Pride Parade and 'Wins'

Their demands also included a commitment to increase representation among Pride Toronto staff.
Black Lives Matter Toronto, which was invited by Pride Toronto to help lead this year's parade, brought the procession to a standstill until a list of it's demands were met.

The activist group presented a list of demands at a sit-in halting the city's massive Pride parade for about 30 minutes Sunday, demanding that Toronto police floats and booths be barred from Pride marches, parades and community events.
Jenaya Khan says Black Lives Matter opposes floats accompanied by uniformed, armed officers — calling them a stark reminder of the history of brutality.

A police spokesman said "We're supposed to be celebrating … and now what are we talking about? We're talking about Black Lives Matter and them hijacking the parade to facilitate a political agenda."
Black Lives Matter protesters were triumphant after getting their list of demands signed, allowing the parade to resume. "We shut it down. We won," the group tweeted.

Chuck Krangle, a Toronto police constable who is gay, wrote an open letter to the organization that concludes: "Exclusion does not promote inclusion."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ex-wife of Hells Angels Damiano Dipopolo loses YVR security clearance

Janette Yuen Shan Wu (Jan Wu-Dipopolo) has lost her appeal for a security clearance allowing access to restricted areas at the Vancouver International Airport. The Federal Court of Canada’s chief justice has ruled the government has the right “to err on the side of public safety.”

Wu split with her husband, Damiano Dipopolo, in 2006. Two years later she started work with Airport Terminal Services. She received the required airport security clearance. In 2015, the RCMP warned Transport Canada of Wu’s circumstances.
They said Dipopolo had a “gang affiliation” and has eight criminal charges: two for assault, one for assault with a weapon, another for assault causing bodily harm, three for uttering threats and one for drug possession. Damiano Dipopolo has not been convicted of a crime.

Wu’s security clearance was yanked and she lost her job because she “may be prone or induced to commit an act, or to assist or abet an individual to commit an act, that may unlawfully interfere with civil aviation.” She appealed the decision to the Federal Court, complaining the government didn’t take into account that her only contact with Dipopolo was court-ordered — a judge granted joint custody of their two children.
The court’s chief justice ruled last week that “the security of the travelling public” trumps a person’s employment and "access to the restricted area of an airport is a privilege, not a right."

The ruling stated " ... he will continue to have regular and ongoing opportunities to intimidate her and to attempt to induce her in the manner described”

Wu may appeal the decision.

Chinese bank claims fugitive bought B.C. real estate

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A major Chinese bank has obtained a court order in B.C. freezing the assets of a businessman accused of fleeing China and buying "luxury" Lower Mainland homes after defaulting on a $10 million loan.

In an application brought before a B.C. Supreme Court judge last week, lawyers for China CITIC Bank claim Shibiao Yan and his wife bought more than $8 million worth of properties in Surrey and Vancouver over a three-month period beginning in June 2014.
Shibiao Yan owns three multi-million dollar properties in a Vancouver suburb and resides in a C$3 million Vancouver home owned by his wife, according to court documents.

The court case comes amid speculation about the role of offshore money from wealthy Chinese in driving the out-of-control Lower Mainland real estate market. Last year, Canada's anti-money laundering watchdog FINTRAC claimed to have stepped up enforcement activities in Vancouver's real estate market
According to the lawsuit, China CITIC Bank is seeking repayment for a line of credit worth 50 million yuan, or roughly $7.5 million, taken out by a Chinese lumber company and personally guaranteed by Yan, who was the company's majority shareholder at the time.
Housing prices have jumped 30 percent in the last year.
China Citic Bank is controlled by the Citic Group, which in turn is directly controlled by the State Council, China's cabinet. It has been accused of facilitating the movement of currency overseas. "It is not an illegal business," said one source. It is reported to be a very lucrative business.
Under Chinese law, citizens are allowed to take only the equivalent of US$50,000 out of the country each year.