The general manager of a Cheektowaga strip club, which authorities call a haven for drug dealing and sex trafficking, is the international leader of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, according to a federal prosecutor.
Depew Village Attorney Samuel A. Alba said Tuesday that Judge John Michalski is the subject of two ongoing investigations. He declined to disclose who is investigating Michalski but said he believes the investigations are not criminal.
The investigation, sources told The Buffalo News, began sometime after the ex-wife of Peter G. Gerace Jr. made claims on social media months ago about the payment to Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski.
State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski had either fell or lay down on the tracks shortly before he was struck by the slow-moving train, three law enforcement sources told The News.
“We’re thinking about him and his family,” Judge Paula L. Feroleto said in a telephone interview. “He’s still in the hospital and we’re hoping he is doing much better.”
Federal authorities are looking into the friendship between State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski and Peter G. Gerace Jr., the Cheektowaga strip club owner indicted last week as part of an ongoing investigation into organized crime.
An Erie County Sheriff’s Office jail deputy resigned from his job in 2019, hours after federal agents investigating the Buffalo Mafia executed a search warrant at his residence, according to four law enforcement sources.
A raid on Ronald Serio's Amherst mansion turned up an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, a marijuana grow room, some bags and bricks of marijuana, and drugs.
Prosecutors say a respected teacher at Grover Cleveland High School ran a marijuana trafficking ring with connections to Buffalo's organized crime family.
Joseph C. Bella III “is absolutely not a member of any organized crime,” attorney Thomas J. Eoannou said. “I think the government is trying to connect dots that presently don’t exist.”
Attorneys for former DEA agent Joseph Bongviovanni say federal prosecutors have “imagined the existence” of a powerful Buffalo mob family.
Federal prosecutors are looking for organized crime activities in a widespread investigation, just four years after the special agent in charge of the Buffalo FBI office said, “Some of the individuals who were leaders of the Mafia are still around. But their organized crime activities don’t exist anymore."
Covid-19 spawned dread and death, but 48-year-old Joseph C. Bella III of Buffalo spotted an opportunity to profit from the pandemic.
The owners of Pharoah’s Gentlemen’s Club, in a new lawsuit, claim they were improperly denied a loan through the federal government.