W. Pa. officials charged with video gambling ring

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A city councilman, a police chief and 14 other people have been charged in connection with an alleged video gambling ring operating near Pittsburgh.

Police say they seized over 300 video gambling machines from about 70 locations around McKeesport in the months-long investigation. Authorities also seized more than $1 million. McKeesport is about 15 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Among those charged were Forward police Chief Mark Holtzman, McKeesport Councilman Daniel K. Carr, two former McKeesport police officers, and the suspected ringleader of the alleged gambling ring, Ronald “Porky” Melocchi, of West Newton.

Holtzman did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment, and Carr and Melocchi couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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