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3 arrested on gambling charges waive right to hearing, await trial

A Monongahela man accused of participating in a Washington-based gambling ring waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Daniel Piccolo, 75, of 143 Greenridge Drive, was scheduled to appear before District Justice Jay Weller in Canonsburg on charges of pool selling, bookmaking, a count of lotteries and criminal conspiracy.

Piccolo is one of several area men who were charged following a two-year investigation of a gambling ring authorities allege was based at the Union Grill, 13 E. Wheeling St., Washington.

The restaurant’s owner, Michael (Mickey) Flynn, 62, is charged with one count each of participating in corrupt organizations, pool selling and bookmaking, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a telephone.

The charges were announced Aug. 7 by state Attorney General Mike Fisher following a grand jury recommendation.

Flynn, and his alleged partner in the gambling operation, Charles Martin, 50, of 800 E. Beau St., Washington, also waived their rights to preliminary hearings Tuesday before Weller.

All three men were scheduled for hearings Friday.

Martin is charged with participating in corrupt organizations, one count of pool selling and bookmaking, one count of lotteries, a count of criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility.

Piccolo is one of several accused bookies who were helping Flynn’s operation, which mainly involved sports betting.

Other men charged in the gambling ring are scheduled to appear before Weller on Friday for their preliminary hearings, including Charles Skorvan, 58, of 2209 Main St., Hillcrest Manor, Monongahela; William Antonio, 58, of Clarksville; Anthony Cihal, 76, of Pittsburgh; Edmund Conoge, 43, of Canton Township; William McGonigle, 69, of Venetia; and John Pankas, 68, of Canonsburg.

Another man, James Celedonia, 50, of Upper St. Clair, was scheduled to waive his case today before Weller.


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