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AG: 16 charged in connection with alleged illegal gambling operation in McKeesport

There are 1067 comments on the WPXI story from Sep 5, 2013, titled AG: 16 charged in connection with alleged illegal gambling operation in McKeesport. In it, WPXI reports that:

Charges have been filed against more than a dozen people accused of being involved in alleged illegal gambling operation in the McKeesport area, authorities said.

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Arbeit Macht Frei

Mckeesport, PA

#605 May 11, 2014
Will hard work of political influence set the 11 indicted criminals free?
Marc G

West Mifflin, PA

#606 May 11, 2014
Arbeit Macht Frei wrote:
Will hard work of political influence set the 11 indicted criminals free?
Everyone knows their fate already, just the paperwork needs filled the money exchanged hands already..........then close the book.........and bring in the newer machines. Let the good times roll again !!
Political Fix Wins

Mckeesport, PA

#607 May 12, 2014
Marc G wrote:
<quoted text> Everyone knows their fate already, just the paperwork needs filled the money exchanged hands already..........then close the book.........and bring in the newer machines. Let the good times roll again !!
Street rumor has it that most machines are back except for the Viking.

The WO establishment is back to normal and the machines line the entry way to the bar side restaurant.

Money changing hands will never be proven. But, we know the Porkster owns the City and some of the County. He was heard to brag about the county being in his pocket. The 5 probations make his point clearly.

Where did the confiscated $1,000,000 end up and why is the IRS treating this windfall like the black plague.?
Crime Pays Very Well

Mckeesport, PA

#608 May 20, 2014
Another one of the culprits walked. AG Kane's deputy dropped all the felonies. WOW!

The culprit has thousands of unreported income and gets one year of non reporting probation. WOW!

IMO the justice system is broke or fixed?
Mike C

West Mifflin, PA

#609 May 20, 2014
I told ya 6 months ago nothing would happen even the state rep gets to be elected for another 30 years and 30 more years of hunting in WV!!!!!!!!
And so it will be

Mckeesport, PA

#610 May 21, 2014
Mike C wrote:
I told ya 6 months ago nothing would happen even the state rep gets to be elected for another 30 years and 30 more years of hunting in WV!!!!!!!!
Some people in the Port have first hand experience how effective fixes work with political influence even with the departure of the esteemed and revered Dr. Risha.
MDC

West Mifflin, PA

#611 May 21, 2014
How many more will get "probation " from the 16 indicted, besides the 5 that got off scott free already?

Stay tuned........
crooked connections

Mckeesport, PA

#612 May 21, 2014
crooked is as crooked does
And so it will be

Mckeesport, PA

#613 May 21, 2014
MDC wrote:
How many more will get "probation " from the 16 indicted, besides the 5 that got off scott free already?
Stay tuned........
All of them will walk and poor DeWeese and Orie had to pull time.

The Porkster owns McKeesport, MPD, MASD, and county.
McK Patriot

Pittsburgh, PA

#614 May 21, 2014
The Machine is all that is rightly with this city. We love you Machine!!!!
slot player

West Mifflin, PA

#615 May 22, 2014
Looks like Kane came out of this looking like a fool. the Philly fiasco was on her shoulders and let the bad guys get away a blotched investigation.
Looks like the 16 get a free ride too 2 blotched cases in a row and Kane could have made a name for herself. So far she hasn't proven herself..
OH WELL!
Dan C

West Mifflin, PA

#616 May 22, 2014
yep more bad news for Kane for not completing her job and let these gambling guys to walk.

means you can run an illegal operation and rack in millions and lead the fine life with money to burn. no one can stop it, its like a runaway train Kane can have that million theres more of that hide away HAAAAA!!!!!!! Cant go after the taxes on the million porkster aint got it no more Kane has it she has to pay taxes on it HAAAAAAAA!!!!!!
Marc

West Mifflin, PA

#617 May 22, 2014
You're right Dan, we got the palisades to milk dry and other functions around town the poker machines will be in full gear in another month.
Walk with Cane

Mckeesport, PA

#618 May 23, 2014
MDC wrote:
How many more will get "probation " from the 16 indicted, besides the 5 that got off scott free already?
Stay tuned........
With calculus of AG Kathy Cane in effect, I project that about 18 of the 16 indicted will walk.

That do not call her Kathy Cane for nothing. She helps all apparent criminals walk.
Walk with Cane

Mckeesport, PA

#619 May 23, 2014
change That to "They." Sorry about the typo
mike ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#620 May 24, 2014
A friend has done a little research on the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group. In essence, PA is being run by uncivilized, savages and barbarians.

Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone, and let he whose family hath been a sin-machine for generations, be banned from casting any stones. I'm talking about the Zappala's. What does Mike Ference mean when he calls the Zappala's a "Crime Family/Terrorist Group". I am a genealogist, I can tell you, I have done my homework. And I have the documents to back up what I say.

Let's begin at the beginning, Frank Zappala was DA Stephen Zappala's grand-father. Frank's parents were immigrants from Calabria, who first settled in New York, the Bronx on Mott Street. Frank Zappala got a law degree, which was unusual at that time for an Italian Immigrant. Most Italian immigrants then had little or no education. Frank and his wife Josephhine settled in Oakland. The rest of his family were in New Kensington, a stronghold for the gangsters of that time.

Frank's had a sister Rose who married John Bazzano a major racketeer. Racketeer John Bazzano was the Uncle of Chief Justice Stephen Zappala. In 1932, John Bazzano got angry about the popular Volpe brothers infringing on his racketeering territory, so he had three of them killed in broad daylight on Wylie Avenue in the Hill-District section of Pittsburgh.

Bazzano's murder of the Volpe's was not sanctioned by Lucky Luciano in New York. Bazzano was called to New York to answer for murdering without permission. Charles "Lucky" Luciano's underboss Vito Genovese, a very brutal man had Albert Anastasia, whose side business was Murder Inc. whack John Bazzano brutally for misbehaving. And quite a Brutal Whacking it was. Bazzano came back to Pittsburgh with 22 stab wounds from ice picks, a dead pin cushion.
It was also quiet a scandal in the day, both in New York and in Pittsburgh. Rose Zappala retreated to New Kensington with her children in tow, as well as her father Joseph. Eventually her son John Bazzano Jr. took up his father's business. John Jr, married into the Ripepi Crime family. He married Frances Ripepi.

One of her sisters married into the Valenti Crime family which included Constenzo, Stanley Valenti and Frank Valenti. It was Stanley who married the Ripepi girl, but it was Frank Valenti who was the man.. dapper, charming, good looking and deadly. Stanley and Frank due to their marriages were into both the Pittsburgh and Rochester New York Rackets.

One of Franks favorite schemes was to blow up a building on one side of Rochester while he was committing a crime on the other side of town. At the time, these bombings got blamed on the Vietnam Hippie Protesters. Frank let them take the rap. Frank lived a long life and died in Houston Tx in 2008.

In Western Pennsylvania at this time the Western PA crime family was the LaRocca Family. There were about 8 or 9 chief families under the LaRoccas. Of those the Zappala's are closely related to at least three.
Where do the Zappala's factor into all of this.

They were the lawyers in the family. All I can say here is that when I read about other crime organizations that span this time frame, there is always what they called an Ambassador of the Underworld, who bridged the underworld to the upper-world. The job of these ambassadors was to grease the way of illegitimate business to legitimate business, and provided protection.

For instance when you read of Frank Valenti crimes in Rochester it usually says that the powers in Pittsburgh got him off the hook. Let's' take it a step further, DA Zappala's law partner was Charles Porter, he is Chuckie Porter's son. Chuckie Porter was huge in the Pittsburgh rackets working with Michael Genovese as his underboss. Michael was the nephew of Vito Genovese in New York who was mentioned above.
Chuckie Porter was also one of the biggest cocaine distributors around. That is a lot of "Family". It is way too much to all be a coincidence.
mike ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#621 May 24, 2014
Continued from last comment:

Why is this kept quiet? Well let me put it this way, many people know about this, Italians know, people in power know, the average person who votes does not know though. They have a right to know. If all of this were made public, it would kill a political career. It is UN-survivable.
If there was nothing here to hide, why are the Zappala's hiding it?

The bigger question is, how on God's Green earth, do people who climbed their way to the top this way deserve to sit in judgment of anybody.

And why is it not being pointed out that DA Stephen Zappala, through his witch hunt, show trials, which destroy peoplesÂ’ lives and the fabric of our community, is acting just like his Chief Justice father did, when he wanted to get his political opponent Judge Larsen out of the way.
These political assassinations are no different at all, except in method, than racketeer John Bazzano whacking the Volpe Brothers in broad daylight on Wylie Avenue, because they were doing business on his "turf", which threatened his business interests. I say, the next time the Zappala's run for office, "out" their family tree to the public and let the public decide.
Cane Helps Walking

Mckeesport, PA

#622 May 26, 2014
Mike:

The matter is that organized crime is very profitable and tax free..

The tough decision for one pursuing a career in organized crime is to decide on either the private sector like the Porkster or government sector like unindicted Phila state elected officials freed by Kathy Cane..
dont call me shirly

West Mifflin, PA

#623 May 26, 2014
never sent a woman to do a man's job HAAAA!
Hey cyberass

Homestead, PA

#624 May 26, 2014
dont call me shirly wrote:
never sent a woman to do a man's job HAAAA!
Never expect a man to be smart enough to learn to spell anything especially misogynist.

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