THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, May 1 1, 1972
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Crime probe stalled as
witnesses plead fifth'
WASHINGTON 0'= - F o u r
witnesses stymied a congres-
sional probe of alleged Mafia
infiltration into professional
sports yesterday when they re-
fused to answer questions from
a House committee.
- Several members of the House
Select Committee on Crime ex-
pressed frustration at the wit-
nesses who invoked the Fifth
Amendment protection against
self-incrimination. They suggest-
ed these witnesses should not
be licensed to operate companies
if one of the requirements for
a license is a good character.
The hearings centered on the
financing arrangements used to
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purchase the state-licens
el Park race track in
and the Frontier Hot
easino in Las Vegas.
Committee members als
ed particularly interested
connections Emprise C
Buffalo, N.Y., holding fii
in the two enterprises.
Emprise has stocks in
tracks throughout the
One of its major subs'
Sportservice Inc., holds fi
beverage concessions at
numbers of race tracks
parks and stadiums.
The hearings startedv
thony Zerilli, a past ores
Hazel Park who was is
by the Justice Departs
1969 as a member of the
refusing to answer all qt
spL T KNEE-
ed Haz- Also refusing to testify w as
Detroit Jack Tocco, executive vice pe-
el and sident of Hazel Park; Michael
Polizzi, a director of the race
o seem- track, and Peter Bellanca, an
in what attorney for Zerilli who w a
orp., a called as a witness.
rm ihad The Michigan attorney gener-
al's office has identified Tocco
ra e e- as a. Mafia figure. Polizzi has
United been linked by the Justice De-
partment to the Mafia.
idiaries, Bellanca, along with Zerilli,
ood and Polizzi and Emprise Corp., was
1 a r g e convicted two weeks ago by a
b a It U.S. District Court in Los An-
geles of conspiring to use inter-
with An- state facilities to acquire a hid-
ident of den interest in the Frontier Ho-
dentified tel. The hotel has since been
ment in purchased by Howard Hughes.
e Mafia. The four invoked the Fifth
uestions. Amendment when ased:
-Whether they were mem-
bers of a crime syndicate.
-If they had ever had stock
interests in the Frontier Ho-
tel, the Desert Inn, or the Sil-
ver Slipper in Las Vegas.
-And whether they planned
to answer any questions at all.
One of the witnesses who did
testify at the hearings was Les-
ter Ssnit, a former vice prsi-
dent of Hazel Park.
Smith said he was stripped
of his $19000-a-year job as vice
president of Hazel Park and of
his privileges at the race track
after he testified for the govern-
ment in the trial of Zerili and
fy The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY --- Bob Cousy
will remain as coach of the Na-
tional Basketball Association
team that will move to Kansas
City from Cincinnati in the
Joe Axelson the team's gen-
eral manager, said yesterday
that Cousy had agreed to coach
the team for a fourth year.
Terms of the contract were not
Axelson said a committee
would select several possible
names for the team, now called
the Royals, and the public
would vote on them by mail.
es against three St. Louis Blues
hockey players and their coach
resulting from a brawl with po-
lice and fans at the Spectrum
last Jan. 6 were dismissed yes-
terday in Municipal Court.
Judge Maxwell Osminsky dis-
missed the charges ons the rec-
ommendation of Assistant Dis-
trict Attorney James Fitzgerald
after counsel for the players and
coach read an apology.
Al Arbour, 39. St. Louis coach,
and players John Arbour, 36;
Floyd Thompson, 22, and Phil
Roberto, 23, were cleared of any
The coach and the players
had beencharged with disorder-
ly conduct. assault and battery
and conspiracy, and Thompson
also faced aggravated assault
and battery charges.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Line-
backer Ray Nitschke, one of
three Green Bay Packer veter-
ans who had been unsigned for
the 1971 National Football
League season, signed a con-
tract for 1972 yesterday.
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