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PROSECUTION RESTS CASE AGAINST LOCAL 91 MEMBER

Federal prosecutors rested their case Monday against a Laborers Local 91 worker accused of taking part in a vicious attack on the driver of a delivery truck.

Jurors were expected to begin deliberations today in the case of Mark LoStracco, 34, who is charged with aiding and abetting a racketeering conspiracy.

The last witness, Special Agent Louis J. Alessi of the U.S. Labor Department inspector general's office, said LoStracco at first told him he was away "on a coffee break" when Local 91 pickets attacked the truck driver outside a Niagara Falls hotel in April 1998.

Later, Alessi said, LoStracco changed his story and told him that he was present and that he did jump onto the truck during the attack. One picket threw a piece of brick through the truck window, breaking the driver's nose in three places. Authorities have not accused LoStracco of throwing the brick.

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