April 2, 2015 |
ROBERT KUSHNER told a federal jury yesterday that back in 2007, he was a Lower Merion High School and George Washington University graduate who was selling marijuana when cops robbed him of $110,000, including money he kept in his apartment safe. Kushner, 32, now a basketball coach, said he was driving on Ridge Avenue in the city about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 2007, when an unmarked police Ford Expedition signaled for him to pull over with a blue siren on its dashboard. After he stopped his car, Kushner said, Officer Brian Reynolds came out of the SUV with "his gun pointed at me," pulled me out "and put me in handcuffs.
April 4, 2014 |
"ROB the Mob" is an intriguing little indie about a New York "Bonnie and Clyde" who had an understandably brief career knocking down mafia social clubs, circa 1992. Theirs was a very bad business plan, but in "Rob the Mob" it acquires a certain appeal - their victims are so deserving, their demeanor so pleasant, their methods so amateurish, that the doomed enterprise (in the hands of "City Lights" director Raymond De Felitta) takes on an agreeably quixotic tone. Tommy (Michael Pitt)
July 26, 2013 |
A gritty six-part series, Inside the American Mob chronicles the decline and fall of the Mafia from its apex of power and influence in the '70s to its virtual dismantlement two decades later. As the rub-out begins (with back-to-back episodes), the New York-based Five Families - Gambino, Colombo, Genovese, Lucchese and Bonanno - have a vise-grip on their far-flung criminal enterprises. They use an organizational template devised by Mob architect Lucky Luciano back in 1931.
December 4, 2012 |
CONGRATULATIONS TO Ryan Howard and Krystle Campbell , who were married Saturday in Maui. Not surprisingly, the Flyin' Hawaiian Shane Victorino attended the wedding, as did Ben Francisco and many of Howard's Phillies teammates. Howard and Campbell, a schoolteacher and former Eagles cheerleader, announced their engagement in April 2011. She was seen in August on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress," which showed Campbell dress shopping at Kleinfeld's Bridal in New York. The couple had registered online at Macy's, where the most expensive items are Swarovski crystal toasting flutes.
September 12, 2011 |
NOT TO BE outdone by former mob boss Ralph Natale , who is working on a memoir, it turns out that Joey Merlino , who was just released from a Florida halfway house and whom Natale testified against, has been talking to veteran actor and screenwriter Leo Rossi about writing a movie about his life. On Friday, Northeast native Rossi confirmed that he has had six phone conversations with Merlino, who he says "has got a great sense of humor. " Rossi says that he and Merlino are both trying to line up financing for a possible biopic about the jailed mob boss.
April 23, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan was led from a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday by several bailiffs after a judge who heard evidence against her in a theft case sentenced her to 120 days in jail for a probation violation. Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, said she will appeal the ruling, which will allow the actress to post bail, which was set at $75,000. The "Mean Girls" star also was ordered to serve more than 400 hours of community service, including 300 hours at a women's center. It will be Lohan's fourth jail stint.
April 14, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Meet four women with family problems: Renee Graziano's dad is Anthony Graziano, who is a high-ranking member of the mob, feds say, and is serving time for racketeering. Her ex-husband has also had a scrape with the law on a gambling charge. Drita D'avanzo is the wife of Lee D'avanzo, the alleged leader of a Bonanno and Colombo crime family team who has been incarcerated for bank robbery - twice - spanning most of their married life. Carla Facciolo's father went to prison when she was a girl.
April 10, 2011
Bosko Radonjic, 67, a Serbian nationalist emigre who participated in the bombing of a Yugoslav diplomat's home in suburban Chicago in 1975 and who later became an associate of the Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, died March 31 in Belgrade, Serbia. Radonjic was one of six Serbs who were convicted or pleaded guilty in 1979 in the bombing of the Yugoslav consul's home four years earlier, as well as a plot to bomb a Yugoslav club in Chicago. Like the others, Radonjic was said to have been motivated by hatred for the Yugoslav dictator Josip Broz Tito and his communist government.
October 27, 2009 |
South Philadelphia mob associate John "Johnny Gongs" Casasanto was angling to join New York's Gambino crime family in 2002, but a bullet to the back of the head short-circuited that career move. None other than John Gotti Jr. backed Casasanto, 35, who hoped to get "straightened out" - formally initiated - after befriending the mob boss while they were inmates in a federal detention center in New York state, according to a key government witness. The Casasanto-Gotti connection has been described by mob informant John Alite, the prosecution's star witness in the ongoing racketeering trial of Gotti Jr. in federal court in New York City.
April 5, 2009 |
It was a wiseguy lesson in street-corner economics, a how-to-succeed-in-business speech that you won't hear at the Wharton School. Reputed mob soldier Anthony Nicodemo was explaining about the "sharks" and the "lions" and the "lambs" to bookmaker Andrew Micali, who was running an illegal multimillion-dollar sports-betting operation out of the poker room of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Nicodemo, 36, "exercised leadership authority" over the $60 million betting enterprise, according to New Jersey authorities who used the secretly recorded 13-minute conversation to support that allegation in a gambling indictment.