#22 Nov 23, 2013
I see all the usual nuts are back.
#23 Nov 24, 2013
Final 7 Mon Valley gambling ring suspects waive charges
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 4:31 a.m.
Seven suspects allegedly involved in an illegal Mon Valley gambling ring waived their cases to court Wednesday in Forest Hills Magisterial District Judge Thomas P. Caulfield's chambers.
Alleged ringleader Ronald Porky Melocchi Sr., 54, of West Newton waived charges of criminal use of a communication facility, corrupt organizations, conspiracy, setting up lottery or numbers games, engaging in pool selling/bookmaking, dealing proceeds of illegal activity and multiple counts of gambling devices.
Melocchi is the owner of Glassport-based Back Alley Vending. He is accused of installing, servicing and maintaining gambling devices in bars, restaurants and other locations.
The investigation by the Attorney General's Organized Crime Section and state police centered around Melocchi from October 2012 through Dec. 10, 2012, in what was called Operation Pork Chop.
Authorities confiscated 354 video machines, many of them illegal because they were equipped with knock-off switches and internal meters. More than $1 million was seized.
Approximately 70 sealed state search warrants were executed at homes, businesses and banks associated with the alleged criminal operation.
Melocchi's attorney Bruce A. Carsia said his client waived the charges because the legal challenges are not for the magisterial level.
I think there's some legal issues, some search and seizure issues that have to be addressed, Carsia said.
Carsia said he plans to challenge wiretaps and other evidence.
There are only certain things you can do at a preliminary hearing, Carsia said.
Investigators intercepted Melocchi's conversations about gambling, and about placing machines and collecting money from businesses, according to court documents.
Several of those allegedly involved in the conversations have not been charged.
Joe Peters, a spokesman for Attorney General Kathleen Kane, declined to comment, and would not say if there will be more indictments.
We can't confirm or deny the existence or nonexistence of an investigation, Peters said.
Melocchi is McKeesport's recreation board chairman.
McKeesport Councilman Dan Carr, 55, waived charges of corrupt organizations, conspiracy, gambling devices and two counts of allowing gambling.
Carr, owner of the Viking Lounge, could not be reached for comment.
Court documents indicate a search warrant was executed on Nov. 1, 2012, at the Viking and eight video machines were seized. It was raided again on Dec. 11, 2012, when workers from Back Alley Vending were observed removing machines from other businesses to replace the ones law enforcement had confiscated.
Frank Reese, 61, of McKeesport waived charges of dealing in proceeds of illegal activity, gambling devices, conspiracy, and two counts of corrupt organization.
Kirk A. Mollica, 46, of Elizabeth waived charges of dealing in proceeds of illegal activity, lotteries, gambling devices, two counts of corrupt organization and two counts of conspiracy.
Catherine Gouker, 55, of Belle Vernon waived charges of gambling devices, pool selling and bookmaking
#24 Nov 24, 2013
Elash's service agreement outlines his scope of services as defined by McKeesport's Home Rule Charter and adds a personal conduct clause that charges him to uphold the city's reputation. It notes that his employment will be terminated if convicted of any alcohol-related offenses for incidents occurring after March 1, 2012.
Tedesco asked if the contract defines whether Elash is an employee or a professional contractor, specifically asking if his services require a W-2 or 1099 federal tax form. He noted that the question was not intended to spark further controversy, but rather to clarify a matter of record-keeping that city officials will resolve in coming days.
"Council approves the solicitor, and the mayor executes the contract on behalf of the city," Mayor Michael Cherepko said. "It's a non-bidding contract ... for professional services. Council doesn't have a say as long as it's within the budget."
Walker-Montgomery said the mayor didn't know what she was laughing about, and he should not call her out on an assumption. Both parties were silenced by Segina's gavel as they told one another to watch their mouths and educate themselves.
Frustration floods McKeesport council chambers
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:18 a.m.
#25 Oct 1, 2015
Solicitor is the investigation closed now? Can it be opened to the public now?
This is good stuff for Corey. Selective application of the law!
#26 Oct 1, 2015
The only help for Corey is an expunge of his multiple FELONY DRUG convictions dumbass.
#27 Oct 1, 2015
Dumbass agrees. It should be expunged like a 2X DUI was reduced to a 1X DUI.
If Corey is seated and he should, beware of a councilperson flipping.
Be careful when driving in Dauphine County at night.
#28 Oct 1, 2015
A convicted drug dealer who still owes tens of thousands of dollars to the the Pittsburgh Police Department should be seated in violation of state law? You have sh:t for brains apparently. And have no respect for police.
#29 Oct 1, 2015
You are so correct!
#30 Oct 2, 2015
If anyone gets away with breaking the law in McKeesport, why should anyone expect anyone to follow them?
#31 Oct 2, 2015
Being above the law in the Port is the machine's translation of "equal justice for all."
If all walk like the former County correction officer who let a federal inmate use his phone, then why should the law apply to Corey?
Corey should be exonerated under the City's rendition of the equal justice clause.
#32 Oct 2, 2015
Got any proof to your gossip? Council meeting next week. Show them all your proof.
#33 Oct 2, 2015
No such clause exists........he's gone right before getting sworn in.......
#35 Oct 3, 2015
Some local driver tried to break the motor vehicle laws in Dauphine County but got nailed.
Dauphine County does not permit vehicles to operate at night without lights and require drivers to have a drivers license.
How many times does a PA driver have to have driver's license violations before cage time kicks in?
#36 Oct 13, 2015
Hold his hand
#37 Oct 13, 2015
Not necessary with the leverage he has over the politicians with being keeper of the skeleton farm.
The risk for all politician are skeletons becoming chummy with honest new media entities.
#38 Nov 6, 2015
Beatle? They b small
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