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The indictment for Criminal Case No. 9176: United States vs. Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, Sam Tripi, and John F. Lyhne, defendants. The defendants are charged with the manufacture, transportation, and sale alcohol in violation of the National Prohibition Act. These and other crimes are detailed within.

Date: 
March 7th 1929

Writ of habeas corpus ad prosequendum in Criminal Case No. 2214: United States vs. James Akers, alias Arthur Louis, JohnThomas, Earl D. Heisler, and Roy C. Brown, defendants, requesting that Jim "Manny" Akers be delivered from the Leavenworth Penitentiary to appear in court to receive sentencing.

Date: 
July 8th 1929

Commitment of Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo in the trial of Criminal Case No. 8046: United States vs. Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, Robert Carnahan and B. E. Rector, defendants. The document notes that DeMayo was found guilty of Prohibition Act violations, and sentenced to serve two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas. DeMayo was delivered to the warden of the penitentiary on May 3, 1929.

Date: 
April 4th 1929

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 9207: United States vs. Sam Pallino and Joseph DiGiovanna, defendants. The document reports that Joe DiGiovanna was charged with violating the Prohibition Act, and sentenced to serve four months at the Lafayette County Jail in Lexington, Missouri.

Date: 
September 18th 1929

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 9384: United States vs. Sam Pallino and Joseph DiGiovanna, defendants. The document reports that Joe DiGiovanna was charged with violating the Prohibition Act, and sentenced to a fine of $400.00 and to remain in Lafayette County Jail until the fine is paid or until his sentence from Case No. 9207 is served.

Date: 
September 18th 1929

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 9518: United States vs. Tony Casciola, Ellis Titus Buice, Angelo Distassio, and Gaston Van Ross, defendants. The document reports that Tony Casciola was charged with violating the Prohibition Act, and sentenced to serve one year and one day in the United States Industrial Reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio. Casciola was delivered to the superintendent of the reformatory on November 17, 1929.

Date: 
November 2nd 1929

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 9518: United States vs. Tony Casciola, Ellis Titus Buice, Angelo Distassio, and Gaston Van Ross, defendants. The document reports that Angelo Distassio was charged with violating the Prohibition Act, and sentenced to serve one year and one day in the United States Industrial Reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio. Distassio was delivered to the superintendent of the reformatory on November 19, 1929.

Date: 
October 29th 1929

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 9518: United States vs. Tony Casciola, Ellis Titus Buice, Angelo Distassio, and Gaston Van Ross, defendants. The document reports that Gaston Van Ross was charged with violating the Prohibition Act, and sentenced to serve one month at the Clay County Jail in Liberty, Missouri. Van Ross was delivered to the Jackson County jailer on July 27, 1929, due to the Clay County jail being under investigation at the time.

Date: 
July 27th 1929

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 9518: United States vs. Tony Casciola, Ellis Titus Buice, Angelo Distassio, and Gaston Van Ross, defendants. The document reports that Ellis Titus Buice was charged with violating the Prohibition Act, and sentenced to serve one month at the Clay County Jail in Liberty, Missouri. Buice was delivered to the Jackson County jailer on July 27, 1929, due to the Clay County jail being under investigation at the time.

Date: 
July 27th 1929

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 9207: United States vs. Sam Pallino and Joseph DiGiovanna, defendants. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendants' arrest on January 18, 1929 and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner James S. Summers held that Pallino and DiGiovanna were "probably guilty," ordered a recognizance of $1000.00, and ordered them to appear in the District Court on February 18, 1929.

Date: 
June 3rd 1929

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 9384: United States vs. Sam Pallino, Frank Mazzuca, and Joe DiGiovanna, defendants. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendants' arrest on March 2, 1929, the witnesses who appeared, and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner George D. Beardsley held that the defendants were "probably guilty," ordered recognizance of $1000.00 and $500.00, and ordered them to appear in the District Court on April 22, 1929.

Date: 
March 6th 1929

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 9207: United States vs. Sam Pallino and Joseph DiGiovanna, defendants. The document states that, per the affidavit of W. Harold Lane, Federal Prohibition Agent, Pallino and DiGiovanna possessed and sold, "for beverage purposes," one quart of whiskey in three counts. The document also reports that the defendants possessed "for beverage purposes" 192 pints and 80 quarters of whiskey.

Date: 
April 19th 1929

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 9384: United States vs. Sam Pallino, Frank Mazzuca, and Joe DiGiovanna, defendants. The document states that, per the affidavit of W. Harold Lane, Federal Prohibition Agent, the defendants, in multiple counts, sold quantities of apricot brandy and were in possession of "25 pints, 12 quarts, 34 half pints, 83 quarts, 47 pints and 96 half pints of whiskey." The defendants are also accused of maintaining a "common nuisance" at 516 Harrison Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
June 6th 1929

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 9129: United States vs. Joe DiGiovanna, defendant.

Date: 
February 15th 1929

Order of probation in Criminal Case #9129, United States vs. Joe DiGiovanna, defendant. The order notes that the defendant entered a plea of guilty to the charge of possessing an unregistered whiskey still and sentences him to two years of probation with a $1,000 bond. Dr. Max Goldman is named as his probation officer.

Date: 
March 18th 1929

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 9518: United States vs. Tony Casciola, Ellis Titus Buice, Angelo Distassio, and Gaston Van Ross, defendants.

Date: 
July 20th 1929

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 9761: United States vs. Joe DiGiovanna, defendant. The document states that, per the affidavit of W. Harold Lane, Federal Prohibition Agent, DiGiovanna was in possession onf 22 gallons of whiskey on September 11, 1929.

Date: 
November 13th 1929
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