Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Brandon Vito Hughes was 28 when he was shot and killed on July 23, 2009 in a targeted hit.
|After coming home from a night out at Vancouver's Celebration of Light fireworks show, 28-year-old Brandon Vito Hughes was gunned down outside his North Vancouver home. His father, Kevin Hughes, heard the commotion and ran out to the front gate. He tried in vain to save his son but in the early morning hours of July 23, 2009 Brandon Vito Hughes was pronounced dead in hospital. Five years later, the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team issued a public plea for information about the shooting.|
"The investigation remains open and active," said Sgt. Adam MacIntosh. "Time and distance can be a factor in our favour in historical investigations. There are people out there who know what happened and we need them to come forward."
Police are urging anyone with information to call IHIT at 1-877-551-4448, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
| At some point, on a date which was not clear in the evidence, Mr. Dipopolo won $80,000 in a lottery. He gave his twin brother $30,000 as a gift.|
 At some point, Mr. Dipopolo acquired a one-third interest in a company called Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd. On August 23, 2005, Mr. Dipopolo, together with the two other shareholders in Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd., Messrs. Bruneau and Raffael, signed a promissory note for $350,000 payable to Amacon Management.
 Liquid Zoo Holdings executed a mortgage dated May 12, 2006, in favour of Amacon for the amount of $650,000. However, this mortgage was not registered until more than one year later, on August 10, 2007. Mr. Dipopolo appeared to consider the mortgage to be further security for Amacon's $350,000 loan to the three Liquid Zoo Holdings shareholders made about one year earlier, in August 2005.
|"Amacon's $500,000 loan to Mr. Dipopolo;"|
Marcello DeCotiis and his sister, Lilliana
|Lilliana De Cotiis runs the hospitality division of real estate developer Amacon, which she co-owns with eldest sibling Teresa and older brothers Donato, Luca and Marcello. Siblings have input on all aspects of Amacon's corporate operations. De Cotiis and her siblings named their company Amacon, after late father Amalio and mother Concetta.|
Amalio was part of the first generation of De Cotiises to arrive in Vancouver. He came with parents Donato and Teresa and three sisters as well as brothers Marcangelo, Inno, Vito and Michael in a staggered migration.
|Eldest brother Marcangelo eventually had a falling out with his brothers that was serious enough to devolve into legal action. Vito died in his 30s. Inno created his own real estate development company and named it by spelling his own name backwards: Onni.|
Youngest brother Michael then founded and still runs Pinnacle International.
|Dec. 11, 2005. Vancouver Province A long-running feud in a family whose name is tied to some of Vancouver's biggest real-estate developments has once again spilled into B.C. Supreme Court.|
This time, it comes complete with allegations of threats, assaults, intimidation - and even of a contract to kill a family member. In an unusual civil suit, Donato De Cotiis, 44, is seeking a court injunction and damages to protect himself from eight family members named in a statement of claim.
The suit alleges that the eight De Cotiis family defendants "have engaged, hired or employed the defendants Rocco Dipopolo and Damiano Dipopolo to assault, threaten and/or intimidate the plaintiff as an integral part of efforts to intimidate the plaintiff, to interfere in the business, commercial and leisure activities of the plaintiff and to injure the plaintiff." Chow confirmed that police investigated an incident between Donato De Cotiis and the Dipopolos. No charges were laid.
Chow also confirmed that Damiano is suspected by police to be a full member of the Hells Angels' East End Chapter.
|August 6th, 2010. B.C. Court of Appeal issues ruling in De Cotiis family feud. Donato De Cotiis's lawsuit against companies controlled by his uncles Amalio, Inno, and Mike was dismissed. Donato De Cotiis's deceased father Marcangelo, a construction magnate, was also listed as a plaintiff.|
"This dispute is only part of a larger family feud that unfolded against a backdrop of profitable corporations and partnerships," Newbury wrote in the court's reasons for judgment. This lawsuit was a spinoff of another major dispute, which was addressed in a 1995 B.C. Supreme Court decision.
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Friday, January 27, 2017
|Police raided the clubhouse of the Hells Angels in Haarlem. At the same time a raid was also done at a second location in the city. In total police made ten arrests: nine men and one woman.|
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Robinson pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge.
She faces a likely prison sentence of between 10 and 12 1/2 years.
|An Akron man and woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a drug case federal prosecutors brought in the wake of a fentanyl overdose that killed a 37-year-old man. Leroy Steele, 37, and Sabrina Robinson, 36, were arrested after Thomas Rauh was found dead in his home. Both obtained fentanyl from a supplier in China and sold the drug in Akron.|
Steele pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. The second charge includes a "death specification," which carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 20 years.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Chenier (Big) Dupuy
|Police sources speculate Dupuy was killed because he refused to be part of a partnership that eventually merged the Montreal Mafia with the Hells Angels and several Montreal street gangs.|
Montreal police believe the Hells Angels were behind the murder, as well as that of Lamartine Severe Paul, cousin of Ducarme Joseph, who suffered the same fate as Dupuy in Laval the same day. "Paulo" was liquidated by a sniper as he arrived at his home.