Former McKeesport bar owner gets probation for illegal gaming machines

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A McKeesport businessman was sentenced to 18 months probation for having illegal gaming machines in his bar.

Daniel Carr, 56, owned the Viking Lounge, and a search of the facility as part of Operation Pork Chop resulted in the seizure of the devices on Nov. 2, 2012, said deputy attorney general Michael Ahwesh.

After the first set of machines was seized, the prosecutor said, Mr. Carr allegedly had discussions captured in a wiretap with Ronald "Porky" Melocchi about them being replaced. And on Dec. 11, agents found more of them.

Mr. Carr apologized to Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams III and said he'd never been in trouble before.

"I have a lifetime of service in the community," he said.

The machines were only to help pay his overhead, Mr. Carr said. He has since closed the business.

"From what I see here, you're a pillar of your community," Judge Williams said. But he continued, "you violated the law with respect to having these games in your establishment."

In addition to the probation, Mr. Carr must also pay a $300 fine.


First Published July 29, 2014 12:00 AM

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