Thursday, February 25, 2010

RI mobster warned to avoid underworld pals

On Feb. 22, Rhode Island Magistrate Lincoln Almond warned Anthony St. Laurent Jr. to stay away from seven men identified by prosecutors as Mafia members and associates, according to a story by Tim White of WPRI. St. Laurent, son of Rhode Island racketeer Anthony "the Saint" St. Laurent, is on a monitored release as he awaits trial for helping to extort money from a Taunton, MA, bookmaker from 1988 to 2009. The younger St. Laurent was observed one week earlier as he had lunch with a reputed Providence mobster.

According to the magistrate's order, St. Laurent must avoid former New England crime boss Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, reputed underboss Robert P. "Bobby" DeLuca, former boss Raymond J. "Junior" Patriarca, reputed capodecina Edward C. Lato, reputed mobster Alfred "Chippy" Scivola Jr., paroled mobster Frank L. "Bobo" Manapese and accused racketeer Edward F. "Buckles" Melise.

St. Laurent was arrested in early February along with his father, a longtime New England Mafioso, and his mother Dorothy. Federal prosecutors charged the three with extortion conspiracy.

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