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Old 03-08-2012, 08:52 AM
 
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Never a family, but in its day places like Huntington and Wheeling had money and where there was money to be spent there was "activity". I'm sure boys from Steubenville, Pittsburgh and Youngstown had a few things going on, probably no made guys though.
I grew up in Wheeling during that era. As I said earlier, the Mafia did not operate there by arrangement with the locals. They did, however, cooperate with them. Gambling interests in Wheeling were controlled by Bill Lias. The liquor trade as well as dealing in stolen property tended to be handled by Lebanese folks, and prostitution was handled by the German-Irish. The Italian Americans in Wheeling were, in nearly every case, hard working factory workers although a few operated bars and restaurants, mostly in a perfectly legal fashion.

I would not be surprised if the local bookmakers had "laid off" some of the larger bets through mafia sources in Steubenville, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown but the Mafia did not have direct operations in Wheeling.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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I grew up in Wheeling during that era. As I said earlier, the Mafia did not operate there by arrangement with the locals. They did, however, cooperate with them. Gambling interests in Wheeling were controlled by Bill Lias. The liquor trade as well as dealing in stolen property tended to be handled by Lebanese folks, and prostitution was handled by the German-Irish. The Italian Americans in Wheeling were, in nearly every case, hard working factory workers although a few operated bars and restaurants, mostly in a perfectly legal fashion.

I would not be surprised if the local bookmakers had "laid off" some of the larger bets through mafia sources in Steubenville, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown but the Mafia did not have direct operations in Wheeling.
I know there was Greek Mafia. I knew someone whose father was in it, and it was heavily suggested they were 'made' by proving their loyalty and commitment to the Mafia through a certain act.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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I grew up around the Italian Mafia. This was in Scranton, PA Mafia Organized Businesses such as Cefalo. Amato & Marasco based in New York they run counties through mobile connections. The original "Five Families" are still around, just not the same. I was starting school when Mr. Gotti was thrown behind bars. Since John Gotti Jr. ******! Cosa Nostra ratted eachother out throughout New Jersey. Parkersburg, West Virginia has Italian Mafia. So does Fairmont leading back to northeast were I grew up.

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Old 10-29-2012, 09:51 PM
 
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I know there was Greek Mafia. I knew someone whose father was in it, and it was heavily suggested they were 'made' by proving their loyalty and commitment to the Mafia through a certain act.
Bill Lias was Greek, and he certainly did lots of illegal stuff, but he was not in the Maffia. I'm an old guy who grew up there, and I can tell you it was different in Wheeling than any place else. The Maffia stopped at the Brooke County line to the north in West Virginia, and the Belmont County line in Ohio. Everything else was local.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:52 PM
 
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I grew up around the Italian Mafia. This was in Scranton, PA Mafia Organized Businesses such as Cefalo. Amato & Marasco based in New York they run counties through mobile connections. The original "Five Families" are still around, just not the same. I was starting school when Mr. Gotti was thrown behind bars. Since John Gotti Jr. ******! Cosa Nostra ratted eachother out throughout New Jersey. Parkersburg, West Virginia has Italian Mafia. So does Fairmont leading back to northeast were I grew up.
That's entirely possible, but the Oliverios are not part of it. Neither are the Manchins.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:08 PM
 
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That's entirely possible, but the Oliverios are not part of it. Neither are the Manchins.
Neither of them are. There are a few that keep with POLITICS. That's why Marasco was thrown in jail for Obstructing Official Business. He torched a Budget Lodge Motel; the law was too late that night. He should have been in jail for a felony. Morgantown is too close to Pennsylvania; but they still have their fair local share. Oliverios have a ristorante. Joe Manchin is a senator.

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Old 10-31-2012, 04:30 PM
 
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Hope Michael Cefalo is ok up there in West Pittston, PA with Superstorm Sandy.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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those were the days'............Yes, growing up in an era where the family ran most of everything in the Wheeling area, was a paradise for those who liked night life. There was an endless list of "things" for entertainment. I remember the first time that I met Paul Hankish, I was with Martie, a friend and he worked for Paul at the race track in the Odds room. We were at the Bella Via and when Martie told Paul that my grandfather was from Lebanon, he said he had heard of him. After that meeting, he always introduced me to other people he was with, one of his companions was guy they called "Big Rudy" he never had much to say. Paul offered me a job a the track working in the odds room with Martie, but I told him it was too far to drive every evening. At the time, I did not know what the big picture was.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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those were the days'............Yes, growing up in an era where the family ran most of everything in the Wheeling area, was a paradise for those who liked night life. There was an endless list of "things" for entertainment. I remember the first time that I met Paul Hankish, I was with Martie, a friend and he worked for Paul at the race track in the Odds room. We were at the Bella Via and when Martie told Paul that my grandfather was from Lebanon, he said he had heard of him. After that meeting, he always introduced me to other people he was with, one of his companions was guy they called "Big Rudy" he never had much to say. Paul offered me a job a the track working in the odds room with Martie, but I told him it was too far to drive every evening. At the time, I did not know what the big picture was.
Scott Marasco a made member; as well as Gerald, Paul, and Anthony. The original five are Colombo-protected, Gambino-sounds like a farting bean family. Genovese and Bonanno-has not a known boss, and the Lucchese family is mostly laying low/jailed. Garnett Rocchi is not a made member. Scott has committed arson as well as hacking, held territory, murder, destruction of property, drug dealing for some time. Scott is known by women who play a major role in the mafia. Scott currently helps deal family errands. An area span from Pittsburgh, PA running into Parkersburg, WV with mobile connections. Risk getting your ass kicked in the process. The mafia is still alive this "Era". Showing the spans The American Mafia - Crime Bosses also check out Mafia Today.

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Old 12-13-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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when some people hear me say those were the good ol' days, they might think of me as a member of or supporter of the families that ran Wheeling, WV. But, the facts are, at that time you could walk from one bar to another with out getting mugged, robbed, offered drugs to buys from slime balls on the streets. If they were around back then they I wouldn't even walk across it today at mid-night, not even with a gun! Wheeling was a safer place then, mucher safer. To the people who deny there was any organized crime in Wheeling back at that time, they are only fooling themselves. Some people will point out that Wheeling is better off today, but take a good look, Wheeling is a dying town in the rust bucket era and no it is not better off. The Hanish crowd was not perfect, but they ran a better Wheeling, for sure...............................good bye to Paul and Chris and may they rest is peace

Abdul Thomas
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