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February 20, 2001 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is a story more suited for The Sopranos than federal court; a saga of petty corruption and personal betrayal that may be as accurate a depiction of the beleaguered New Jersey mob - plagued by informants, hounded by the FBI, and decimated by a series of successful federal prosecutions - as anything the popular HBO series can offer. Call it the tale of the cop and the wiseguy. It opens Monday in U.S. District Court in Camden. The cop is James "Jimmy" DeLaurentis, 38, who is facing extortion charges that could end his career.
NEWS
September 16, 1987 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer TV Critic
CBS premieres two contrasting police shows tonight, one a comedy-drama that starts slowly but shows promise for the long term, the other an action-drama whose first diverting episode may be the series' high point. Tonight's debut episode of The Oldest Rookie (Ch. 10, 8 p.m.) takes such a leisurely long time to unload its introductory material - setting up the show's premise, introducing the characters - that it offers precious little of the action that folks tune in to see in a police drama.
NEWS
December 30, 1996 | By Francesca Chapman Daily News wire services contributed to this report
Byko's Birthday Book PRISM/SportsChannel Sixers analyst Steve Mix hoops 49. Oh, how the hunky have fallen. Onetime TV heartthrob Ken Wahl - the brooding star of the '80s hit "Wiseguy" - spent Christmas weekend in jail, after allegedly brandishing a knife at a Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel bartender who shut him off Saturday night. "Apparently Mr. Wahl was very intoxicated, or at least appeared so, and the hotel bartender refused to serve him anymore," a Los Angeles police spokesman said.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer
IT COULD BE WORSE for indicted mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi. His co-defendants are dropping like flies this summer, but at least they're not singing like birds. Philadelphia mob associate Louis Barretta, 48, pleaded guilty Wednesday to racketeering conspiracy, after last month's guilty pleas of wiseguys Marty Angelina and Gaeton Lucibello. None will testify against Ligambi and seven others scheduled to go on trial Oct. 9. The indictment does not include any murders, but the racketeering allegations involving bookmaking, extortion and the operation of illegal video-poker machines could carry significant jail time for Ligambi, 73, and other high-ranking mobsters, if convicted.
NEWS
March 1, 1989 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer TV Critic
Wiseguy begins a new story line this evening (10 p.m., Channel 10) with a peek into the seamy side of the rock-and-roll business, and if you're saying, "You mean there's some other side?," then you're in the right mood for this amusing rabble-rouser of an hour. As this acclaimed series proceeds, it's getting harder and harder to find it even remotely credible. Let's see: Two shows ago, our wiseguy Vinnie (Ken Wahl) cleaned up corruption in New York's garment district and sent guest star Jerry Lewis to his just reward, so now Vinnie's off to New Jersey to run a record company called Dead Dog Records?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1989 | By Yardena Arar, Los Angeles Daily News
NBC, 1967: A new series, "Ironside," chronicles the crime-fighting adventures of a high-ranking San Francisco police officer who, paralyzed from the waist down in an assassination attempt, is forced to leave his job as chief of detectives and must convince the chief of police to make him a "special consultant. " The series stars Raymond Burr, who is not paralyzed. CBS, 1987: A new series, "Wiseguy," about an undercover government agent battling organized crime, has as one of its main characters another agent who, having lost both legs in the line of duty, is still an active member of his force, operating a communications center crucial to the survival of the men in the field.
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By William Bender and Daily News Staff Writer
Don't worry, Philly wiseguys. Gaeton Lucibello isn't pulling a Henry Hill on you.   He won't be taking the stand to tell the jury about the alleged crimes of Philly mob boss Joseph Ligambi and his underlings. That's because the guilty plea Lucibello finalized Thursday doesn't require him to dish on La Cosa Nostra to receive a little leniency. "It's a noncooperation agreement," said David Fritchey, chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force in the U.S. Attorney's Office.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 1989 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Television star Ken Wahl has an interesting theory that helps explain the appeal of his show: "Wiseguy" (10 p.m. Wednesdays on Channel 10) is good, he reasons, because it isn't afraid to be bad. "The television business in general is based not so much on the hope of success, but the fear of failure - and that's one fear we just don't have," concludes Wahl, who stars as undercover agent Vinnie Terranova. Supervising producer and head writer David Burke puts it another way. "We know we're going to fall on our faces occasionally, so we might as well do it at a full gallop," Burke says.
LIVING
August 14, 1988 | By Eirik Knutzen, Special to The Inquirer
Totally exhausted and generally burned out from heavy Vancouver club dates with his rhythm-and-blues band in January 1987, Jim Byrnes took a month off in Mexico to let his "hair and beard grow. " Reverting to his hippie days, he had a spectacular time doing nothing. There was a message from his newly acquired theatrical agent when he returned to British Columbia with a Corona belly and a deep suntan. In essence, the agent wanted him to audition for a character known as the Lifeguard - "a long-haired '60s kind of guy in a wheelchair" - in a pilot for a television series called Wiseguy.
NEWS
May 2, 2010 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The second season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey begins Monday, and this year, Danielle, the housewife the others love to hate, has a friend in the "family. " You got a problem with that? Danny Provenzano, whose great-uncle was a notorious North Jersey mobster linked to the killing of Jimmy Hoffa, has a recurring role this year as a friend of Danielle Staub, the 40ish housewife with the checkered past, who has been at war with the Manzo girls and their allies. Provenzano, who has done time for racketeering and who also has written, directed, and starred in an independent movie that won some film festival awards, said last week that he would be Danielle's mentor this season.
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NEWS
August 25, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrew Tuono's new girlfriend came with a warning. Dating Tiffany Galati, daughter of an auto mechanic with long-held ties to the Philadelphia mob, would one day get him killed, friends advised. That prediction nearly proved prescient last year, with an attack that left Tuono alive, but with three bullets in his gut - and his girlfriend's father accused of ordering the hit. Now, the details of that attempt on Tuono's life, sketched in government court filings this month, offer the latest account of one facet of Ronald Galati's deepening legal morass.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Reputed mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi vowed in 2009 to kill radio celebrity and restaurant owner Jerry Blavat, a mob turncoat testified Tuesday. Ligambi was livid over a Philadelphia Magazine article about the local mob, and believed Blavat was behind the story, Louis "Bent Finger Lou" Monacello said. "He was ranting and raving, 'That [expletive] Jerry Blavat, he set this up . . . Jerry Blavat, I'm gonna kill this [expletive]," Monacello said. There were no signs that the threat against Blavat, a Philadelphia radio icon and owner of Memories, a Margate, N.J. restaurant frequented by wiseguys, was more than hot air. Still, Monacello said, "If I were Jerry Blavat, I'd be nervous.
NEWS
November 10, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Louis "Bent Finger Lou" Monacello never killed anyone, he said. He stole cars, supervised gambling operations, collected debts and "tax" payments that reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Ligambi allegedly demanded from other criminals. Occasionally, Monacello told jurors Friday, he smashed windows, slashed tires, even cracked heads. Once, on orders from above, Monacello staked out a South Philadelphia rival's house for three months before finally catching the man as he left to walk his dog one night, he said.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
PHILLY WISEGUY Gaeton Lucibello was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison Friday for his role in a racketeering and extortion scheme with the local La Cosa Nostra. Lucibello, 59, pleaded guilty in August and admitted assisting in shaking down a bookie for "street tax" payments and operating two illegal video-poker machines as part of a racketeering conspiracy. He was one of the 14 Philly mob members and associates charged with racketeering conspiracy, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, witness tampering and theft in a 52-count indictment.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer
IT COULD BE WORSE for indicted mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi. His co-defendants are dropping like flies this summer, but at least they're not singing like birds. Philadelphia mob associate Louis Barretta, 48, pleaded guilty Wednesday to racketeering conspiracy, after last month's guilty pleas of wiseguys Marty Angelina and Gaeton Lucibello. None will testify against Ligambi and seven others scheduled to go on trial Oct. 9. The indictment does not include any murders, but the racketeering allegations involving bookmaking, extortion and the operation of illegal video-poker machines could carry significant jail time for Ligambi, 73, and other high-ranking mobsters, if convicted.
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By William Bender and Daily News Staff Writer
Don't worry, Philly wiseguys. Gaeton Lucibello isn't pulling a Henry Hill on you.   He won't be taking the stand to tell the jury about the alleged crimes of Philly mob boss Joseph Ligambi and his underlings. That's because the guilty plea Lucibello finalized Thursday doesn't require him to dish on La Cosa Nostra to receive a little leniency. "It's a noncooperation agreement," said David Fritchey, chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force in the U.S. Attorney's Office.
NEWS
May 4, 2012 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A detention memo filed this week in U.S. District Court by federal prosecutors provides a "fly-on-the-wall" look at a May 2010 mob meeting in an unnamed New Jersey restaurant. The memo was filed in support of a government motion to deny bail to Joseph "Scoops" Licata, 70, and Louis "Big Lou" Fazzini, 45, who were added as defendants in a racketeering case against Philadelphia mob leader Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and 11 others. The memo includes more than a dozen references to secretly recorded conversations picked up on a body wire worn by a cooperating witness While the witness is not identified by authorities, reliable sources say it was Nicholas "Nicky Skins" Stefanelli, a soldier in the Gambino crime family who wore a wire for the FBI for two years.
NEWS
March 21, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
He's filed for bankruptcy. He's pleaded guilty to racketeering. He's scheduled to be a key witness against reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi and George Borgesi, Ligambi's volatile nephew and fellow mobster. Yet he continues to live in a house in Ventnor, frequents local restaurants, and is spotted in Atlantic City casinos. Since his release on bail in June, that's been the life of Louis "Bent Finger Lou" Monacello, a wannabe wiseguy who loved playing the game but is trying not to pay the price.
NEWS
January 30, 2012 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
JOE STANFA doesn't want you to read this. He can't make you put down the newspaper or click on another website, but he's worried that continuing on could be bad for business, for his fresh start. "I don't want to scare people away," Stanfa said from behind the counter at Joey Giusepp's, his new pizzeria just off the Schuylkill Expressway, in Grays Ferry. Stanfa is perhaps the only proprietor in Philadelphia who doesn't want you to know about his pizza joint. He'd rather make you a hoagie than talk about the blood that was shed at the same address nearly 20 years ago, or the story behind the scar on his cheek.
NEWS
July 19, 2011 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
NOTE: This story has been corrected from its original version . Federal prosecutors appear to have obtained a guilty plea against one of the 13 defendants charged in a sweeping indictment in May against reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and some of his top lieutenants. A court document filed yesterday in federal district court said Louis "Bent Finger Louie" Monacello, 44, of Philadelphia, has agreed to plead guilty. Monacello was charged with conspiracy and extortion offenses.  The plea documents in Monacello's case have been filed under seal, which may indicate that he may be cooperating with the government.
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