Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Balestrere, Buster

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Miscellaneous Documents

Report from Kansas City Police Department detectives listing "persons having masses said at the Holy Rosary Church in memory of Charles Gargotta," including Mr. and Mrs. Carl Civella, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Di Capo, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Accurso, and other individuals, families, and businesses.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 13387: United States vs. Josie Balestrere and Buster Balestrere, defendants. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendants' arrest on February 27, 1936, witnesses who appeared, and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner George D. Beardsley held that the Balestreres were "probably guilty," ordered a recognizance of $1,500.00, and ordered them to appear in the District Court on March 2, 1936.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13387: United States vs. Josie Balestrere and Buster Balestrere, defendants. The defendants were charged in two counts: in Count I, with possession of a 50-gallon capacity whiskey still, and in Count II, with possessing and fermenting 300 gallons of mash for the manufacture outside of a licensed distillery and in a private home at 508 Harrison Street in Kansas City.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Order in Criminal Case No. 13387: United States vs. Buster Balestrere, defendant. The order, signed by Judge Albert L. Reeves, orders Balestrere's sentence of probation be shortened due to good behavior. Balestrere entered a plea of guilty to his charges and ended up spending two and a half years on probation rather than his original sentence of five years.