Friday, March 02, 2007

Mob boss Stephen Zappala shuts down the Queen Elizabeth Casino

Local law enforcement shut down the biggest competitor of casino operator Don Barden: Pittsburgh's local taverns and firehalls.

Elizabeth Borough Police Chief John Snelson said one of the raided operators was the social club of Elizabeth Borough Volunteer Fire Department.

Small businesses have been operating video poker machines in the Mon Valley since Don Barden was in shortpants. There are two things that have changed:
1, The state receives no cut from corner-bar poker machines.
2. There's a new crop of local lawmen - Chief John Snelson and Robert McNeilly (Elizabeth Township).

Zappala's spokesman, Mike Manko said the raids were meant to weed out organized crime in the region. They have a big job cut out for them. There's over 140 town councils in in Allegheny County!

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