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Proviso Probe

Thursday, December 14, 2006

KLEPT, Stone Park PD accused of prostitution shakedown [SP]

Blake Horowitz press release:
In a money making scheme designed to trap innocent men into paying up to $600.00 in cash, the City of Stone Park has trapped innocent men for solicitation of a prostitute in a scheme that and has generated more than half a million dollars in this endeavor.

An undercover officer has been captured, on video, attempting to solicit and ensnare customers who come to use the Blue Dolphin Car Wash (the site of the fraudulent sting operation). The plaintiffs of a lawsuit already pending against Stone Park police have amended their complaint to lodge a class action. "There were just so many innocent men being caught, it was time for a class action" says attorney, Blake Horwitz. "It has become so bad that even the owner of the car wash has filed a lawsuit."

Solicitation of a prostitute is not engaging in a sexual act, but the request for sexual contact. This is where the story unfolds. "It's the same story, over and over again, from every single person," said Blake Horwitz, police misconduct attorney and representative of the twelve current plaintiffs. "Typically, a man would pull into the car wash and an undercover female officer would approach, saying "I'll do anything" and "how much would you give me for ...." After an exchange lasting no more than 30 seconds the innocent car wash customers rebuff the Stone Park officer and then drive off. Afterwards, the car wash customer is then pulled over by Stone Park Officers who impound the cars to the tune of $500 plus storage fees. Later the car wash customer gets a ticket for solicitation and is summoned to a quasi-criminal hearing.

The sting operation is also hurting the owner of the Blue Dolphin Car Wash (the chosen location of the operation). Today, John and Zyta Pawlik, owners of the Blue Dolphin Car Wash, are filing a lawsuit for civil rights violations due to the damage Stone Park's "sting operation" has had on their business. They have suffered a loss of customers and have been told that people avoid the car wash now out of the fear of being falsely apprehended.

In his own separate lawsuit, Mr. Pawlik, the new Plaintiff, has video evidence of the unlawful actions of the undercover Stone Park officer attempting to solicit and entrap men as recently as September 2006.

Hopefully the class action claims will get the Stone Park police to stop their corrupt tactics and persuade more victims to come forward. Horwitz was quoted as saying, "The village is relying on (the victims') embarrassment to keep this money-making scheme quiet, but I think they'll find that the falsely accused men don't want to be intimated."

31 Comments:

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    By Anonymous Not surprised, at 11:28 PM, December 15, 2006  

  • Someone from 88 said...

    He been stealing from School Dist.88 really good lately, From plumbing contractors, HR Consultants, and carpet vendors...all by fire and hire tactics....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:41 AM, December 16, 2006  

  • Birdie at the bottom of this tooo....

    Wanna be gangsta from Elmwood Park just is a wanksta...He's the police commissoner and is picture in all the recent news clips from WGN...He was the previous mayor's henchman and he went jail tooo...Why would Benny do it again.....? Remember Natale!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:45 AM, December 16, 2006  

  • Sex lives of public officials is off limits unless in connects to their duties as a public official.

    And no dragging family members into the fray unless they are part of the political game.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:32 AM, December 16, 2006  

  • Mazzullo,Capece and Burdi are involved in shakedowns and targeted blackmail scams.
    Mazzullo is originally an Albanian Gypsy, whose family goes to town to town, stealing and pulling heists.Mazzullo can't explain how he owns a million dollar condo in Florida and can't explain how he breeds and owns racing horses.What is Mazzullo's source of income?
    Mazzullo says he is a hothead, and constantly bad mouths all the local mayors.He phyisically assaulted Serpico and scavo and campanelli, as well as threatened Pasquale and tamburino.His disgusting remarks about the melrose police officers and melrose firemen has reached a point, that he has ordered his stone park police officers to pull over any melrose park officer or village employee and he has ordered them to be ticketed.He hates with a passion yarbrough and works closely with her opponenets.The guy is abitch and a punk, and he is known to call the feds to report to them any thing he hears about serpico.He thinks the feds will look the other way if he gives them scavo,serpicoa nd campenelli, but he is still a lousy mayor, just look at stone park!

    By Anonymous mazzullo is a rat, at 10:45 PM, December 16, 2006  

  • CBS) STONE PARK A class action lawsuit was filed Thursday charging police in west suburban Stone Park with trapping innocent men in a prostitution sting.

    CBS 2's Rafael Romo spoke with the alleged victims and also obtained a video of what the men call "police entrapment."

    Although he doesn't speak English very well, Luis Rubio says he understood what kind of service a woman was offering him at this car wash in Stone Park.

    "Maybe in 10 minutes I finished washing my car. When I finished washing my car, I go home," Rubio said.

    He was arrested by Stone Park police and charged with solicitation of prostitution. But the 52-year-old father of two is suing police saying he was the victim of entrapment.

    "Stone Park has made it a business of engaging in extortion and mail fraud," said attorney Blake Horwitz.

    Horwitz says a video clearly shows an undercover police officer making advances on a man twice.

    "It shows that the officer is out to make money for the municipality by going to drum up the business, and when they drum up the business regardless of what the men say, they're arrested," Horwitz said.

    He's also filing a lawsuit on behalf of the car wash owners, who say the prostitution stings have ruined their business.

    "No matter what improvements you make and you try to make it better and make it nicer, it doesn't happen," said owner Zyta Pawlik.

    Some car wash customers say they avoid washing their cars at night because everybody in Stone Park knows about the police operations.

    "You never come right here because you're afraid. You say, well I don't go to this car wash because you got the police right there," said customer Tino Guillen.

    An attorney for Stone Park said Thursday afternoon that "the allegations have no merit. The Stone Park police officers, who have conducted the operations, are not part of a conspiracy but an effort to reduce prostitution."

    He added that "all individuals were afforded due process in compliance with state statute."

    The case goes to court in a few months.

    (© MMVI, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

    By Anonymous GOODBYE BIRDIE...SEE YA BENNIE, at 6:26 PM, December 17, 2006  

  • Hello all,
    As a former employee of the Village of Stone Park, I know a lot of what went on behind the scenes.
    Subject A) Benamino Mazzulla (Mayor) I for one can say that this man is a liar, cheat and a thief. Sure as mayor he may have pulled the wool over every ones eyes and given the impression of reform and change. I can assure you that it is all part of his plan. To win the hearts of his residents with clean streets, fancy parties/parades while he robs the village blind. Just think for a minute of all the new properties going up in Stone Park. Who do you think backs these properties? Why do you think the old ones went down? Because he has strong armed the former owners with citations for absurd violations handed down by Linda Tucker and Ivano Mazzulla (code enforcement). While the owners could not afford the accumulating fines, the mayor took advantage and used his "family members" to buy the properties. Real estate, his sister is an agent. He blatantly advertises her services in the Stone Park news paper. The man is not a humble human being. He is as cold hearted as the criminals he claims to keep off the streets. Would a caring person deceive his wife and cheat his own kids? We all know what kind of night life he leads. Moonlighting at motels, impersonating a police officer, Entrapping innocent car washers. All to suffice his short arms with deep pockets. The man is a sexual deviant. It runs in the Mazzulla blood. From his incesting father to his playboy brother. The man is no good. Could not hack it as a cop and certainly can not maintain the honesty to govern a small village.
    He needs to stop pretending he's some big shot mobbed up grease ball from the old country and start paying attention to his wife and kids. Try coming home at night, take the gun from your municipal Eddie Bauer bring it inside and protect your own damn family. Save the tax payers money and take the patrol car off your door. Pony-up, be a man and really take care of your own. Six big screen TVs, a pool and a wine cellar won't make your family happy for too long.

    By Anonymous stone park citizen, at 10:00 PM, December 17, 2006  

  • IS IT LEGAL FOR A MAYOR TO CARRY A GUN/ I HAVE SEEN HIS BADGE AND IT SAYS STONE PARK POLICE ON IT. WHAT IS TO THIS GUY/ WHY DOES HE HATE THE HILLSIDE MAYOR SO MUCH/ IS HE REALLY A TRUE FRIEND?DID JOE BIRDIE SET UP THE KICK-BACKS FROM S&S TOWUNG FOR THE MAYOR.? IT IS EVEN RUMORED THAT THEY HAD A SPECIFIC CAB COMPANY TO TAKE THE WRONGLY ARRESTED PEOPLE TO THIER CARS AT SOME DISCLOSED LOCATION AND WHEN THE CAB DRIVER GOT PAID , THEY WENT TO GIVE BEN HIS PORTION. THIS TOWN IS BAD NEWS AND I AM GLAD THE FEDS HAS CAUGHT UP WITH THEM ALL. WHEN WILL THE FEDS TAP IN TO THE ILLEGAL HIRING AT SCHOOL DISTRICT 88? HOW CAN THEY HIRE A STONE PARK TRUSTEE WITH NO EDUCATION OR BACKGROUND FOR MORE THAN THE PRINCIPALS. THEN TURN AROUND AND HIRE THE LIVE IN FIANCE OF THE STONE PARK VILLAGE CLERK WHO IS ALSO A SCHOOL DISTRICT 88 BOARD MEMBER? ISNT THIS AGAINST THE LAW IF HIS PAYCHECK IS GOING TOWARDS HELPING THAT BOARD MEMBER PAY HER BILLS? THIS IS CLUB "FED" ALL THE WAY . HOW CAN THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS STAND BY AND LET THIS CONTINUE? DID ANYONE SEND THIS TO THE REO OR THE DEVINES OFFICE? WELL IT WILL BE THERE FIRST THING MONDAY MORNING. THIS IS REDICULOUS.

    By Anonymous WHO`S PAYIN WHO ?, at 11:56 PM, December 17, 2006  

  • When will Stone Park wake up and finally elect an hispanic mayor??What's up with there trustees Mata and Martinez? Are they just"frontin for the man"? Why are'nt the mayor? Why is every relative of Mazzullo,Birdie and Capece working for stone park and making lots of money?
    It's time for a true hispnic to run for mayor and to get rid of those two uncle tom's Martinez and Mata!

    By Anonymous Hisapnics should run Stone Park, at 9:06 AM, December 18, 2006  

  • 1. How does a crooked Melrose Park cop, who could'nt pass the police exam and was about to be indicted become Police chief in Stone Park?
    2.How does a crooked police chief of Stone Park afford a coffee shop and a auto collusion shop ,which is known to rip off insurance companies with bogus claims????
    3.How does a coffee shop have a liquor license,serves to under age patrons and is right a cross from a church????
    HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM............................

    By Anonymous hmmmmm, at 9:17 AM, December 18, 2006  

  • Hey Benny "the mutt" and Joey "the snake" and all others invovled. I told you's your day is coming. What goes around comes around. Soon you all will be in the BIG HOUSE. Just remember I am a former operator of the police department and I know everything that going on behind the scene.

    By Anonymous RiverBravo6, at 10:54 AM, December 18, 2006  

  • Hey Blake Horowitz I wish you would check why would they run the SOAP sting in the middle of winter. Why they could not make payroll for the village. Also the mayor and chief ordered us NOT to bother any of the bars only conduct ops. at the Blue Dolphin. As far as prostition in Stone Park, its coming out of the bars, not the Blue Dolphin. Gee all the lap dancing leads right into what they want. To rid prostition from a town you have to target the CORRECT areas. Hey go to Carls bar, you have all the ladies working there even better stop by the pig pen oh yeh The Play Pen. I never seen any arrest for prostition ever. We were told Carls ,play pen are off limits for the soap operation. It will only be conducted at the Blue Dolphin. I was told that we are hurting Carls and the Play Pens bussiness. Hey Benny "the mutt" and Joey "the snake" and all other involved I told yous your days coming.

    By Anonymous RiverBravo6, at 11:32 AM, December 18, 2006  

  • Also I hear the Joey "the snake" is running the security at Noa Noa on Lake street. Hmmm are all the coppers still working at Carls Bar??? Boy oh boy what a cover up. Is the back room still open for biz there. Better yet the state or "G" should look into all the bars? And see whats really going on. I'll post more in a later date.
    Hey I think its time for all the garbage to leave town as fast as they can. And they lap dancers at all these bars are making a ton of money (CASH) I wonder if they are claiming it or how much is the gin mills making on the side and not claiming it. More in a later date.

    By Anonymous RiverBravo6, at 11:43 AM, December 18, 2006  

  • Interesting blogging on Stone Park.Hmmm,did'nt know Mzzulla was so hated.I guess you reap what you sow,right Ben?
    Mazzulla and his band of mauraders have gone into Melrose Park spreading lies and making threats about how they plan on taking over.They are constantly telling evryone that they are going to rid Melrose of Serpico,Campanelli and others of this administration.There modus operandi is lies and rumors.They state Serpico is going to jail and that they are coming in to save Melrose from the crooks, yet looks like there being exposed everyday.They disrespect Melrose and the mayor, by calling the mayor a coke head a degenrate gambler,peep shop operator and crook, as well as bad mouth his family and his deceased father.
    They go around telling hispanic that melrose needs a hispanic mayor, but yet there town which is 100% mexican does not need a mexican mayor.What kind of BS is that? Stone Park needs a real mexican mayor, as well as policemen and fireman and village employees.
    Mazzulla also is trying to have his friend, Welch run for mayor in Hillside, as well as Ireland in Bellwood. Why would he do that? Easy, to get more power and more money for his bankrupt personal account.
    Mazzulla also has on speed dial the numbers to the feds and carol marin, and calls them regularly to inform them of what he hears to try to bring down melrose and others.This guy is apiece of shit and his time is up, he bad mouths women and others, and his behavior with his female opponent in his last race was disgraceful.How can he say he is clean, when he employs Joe Burdi and Linda Tucker, two known gangsters and criminals?

    By Anonymous stone park united against Mazzulla and his family, at 12:54 PM, December 18, 2006  

  • Stone Park needs a totally new Mayor and board of Trustees and a new police chief!
    Mazzullo must resign immediately!!
    Mazzullo is a crook and his police chief and himself, should both resign for the good of our village!!!
    Mazzullo has disgraced Stone Park and must resign now!

    By Anonymous Mazzullo must resign now!, at 1:13 PM, December 18, 2006  

  • A Stone Park attorney said, Stone Park Police officers are not part of a conspiracy. But an effort to reduce PROSTITUTION? Well if thats the case, check the public records for any and all arrests for PROSTITUTION. Well I would at least F.O.I the Village Clerks office first to see if any VILLAGE TICKETS have been issued to anyone for PROSTITUTION. And if none found in the village, next step is to go to the Maywood Court house and look thru there records for any arrests for PROSTITUTION within the village limits of Stone Park. Or even better look at the state police figures for the year or give them a call. This one I really cannot figure out. How come they DONNOT run the SOAP sting by the adult book store, located on Mannheim road or even better how about SCORES on Lake street? Why the bars are easier to pick on than the others. I saw alot of wheel barrow tracks coming out the back doors of those 2 bars. Hey mutt Hey snake holidays are here. Better have your tires check for air pressure, its a big month for you and the haul. When I worked for the police department I NEVER SEEN OR HEARD OF ANY ARRESTS FOR PROSTITUTION WITHIN THE VILLAGE LIMITS. All the soap sting is a money maker for the village. And they know it.

    A former operator

    By Anonymous RiverBravo6, at 1:50 PM, December 18, 2006  

  • the police dept. is screwed up thanks to mayor and the chief .they have little or no equipment, outdated police cars and their police station is the size of my closet. where is the fabulous new police station that was supposed to be built. the sign was up forever, but ....... still waiting. the mayor dropped the ball on that too. how mant times have the policeman had to pay out oftheir pocket for medical care because the mayor didnt pay the insurance premiums for their health insurance ??? what about the money owed to the police pension fund. sure the mayor does alot for the citizens of stone park,he fixes there tickets,allows them to park fifty cars in the streets,alows gangbangers to sell there dope as long as he gets a cut, but how about the employees that work for him. they dont count, unless they are related(which at last count was 105 family members). has anyone checked the certification of the firefighter brother, or how he received it. thats another good one. qualified firefighters were let go to allow him to become a firefighter w/out any certification, and at last i knew, he was still in the process of attempting to complete. if he has received it, congratulations, if not par for the course.
    like i said i could go on and on and on..........

    By Anonymous stone park corruption, at 4:37 PM, December 18, 2006  

  • we have seen alot and its a shame that this has to happen. they raised out taxes, and we are still in debt. we are paying for the mayor to put policemen in front of his house to protect it from the gangs he supposedly has zero tolerance for, but who helped him win his first election. i guess he forgets that, and then he wonders why his two-faced antics create enemies. but lets threaten melrose park about an election that he lap dance buying, drunk driving rodeo rider jesse is gonna try to win. dont you think that the melrose park residents will try to elect on of their own hispanics mayor, like the few hispanic trustees that they have on their own village board now. someone really needs to come in here and take a look at many things. lets start with the mayors office. as previously statedhe he fires people at will, but he also hires them. does everyone in this town forget that two of the auxilliary police officers he has ordered the poor chief to hire, one was arrested for transporting and delivering narcotics, and then flashed his badge when arrested, and the other still there i believe is the brother of a well known gang member, and brother of a woman the mayor has a " special relationship with ", who now has access to police records and equipment. both of these "officers" were forced on the pd by his highness. lets worry about ourselves for a while and start the clean-up from within, then look outward.
    and another thing, where have all of the supporters gone, too much information to take, havent heard from anyone lately.

    By Anonymous stone park corruption, at 4:43 PM, December 18, 2006  

  • If anybody has any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction to Benny a.k.a. "the mutt" and Joey a.k.a. "the snake" or know any others involved in any type of illegal activties in or out of Stone Park. Please post it here. This is so everybody can read it and pass it on.

    By Anonymous RiverBravo6, at 5:16 PM, December 18, 2006  

  • So I hear that the SOAP ops. is no longer running? Gee I wonder WHY, the day has come that the knuckle heads involved are running SCARED. And they all know who they are. There is no where to hide. The "G" is going to dig so deep and the TRUTH will come out about everything. From the water scandle to threating people, realestate deals and so on. Hey what about the so called NEW police department. What ever happened to all that money, and take a hard look at all the contractors involved with that. See who they are connected with. Where the hell is all the monies going to. Hmmm we all know now. Same circus different clowns. BOZO has more brains than these knuckleheads. You can run but you can't hide.


    A former Operator of the Stone Park Police Department

    By Anonymous RiverBravo6, at 2:11 PM, December 19, 2006  

  • what else is happening in Stone Park?

    By Anonymous to riverbravo06, at 2:35 PM, December 19, 2006  

  • To riverbravo06, did some stone park official actually fought and broke the nose of some melrose park official?
    Rumor has it that Stone Park's big guy slapped and punched Melrose Park's big guy?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:54 PM, December 19, 2006  

  • Response Na, I just have it out for the knuckleheads. And they know who they are. I have nothing to do with Melrose Park, in fact I know and respect the people I know in Melrose Park. And they have nothing to do with my actions or comments. And saying stone parks big guy a freakin insult. He's a mutt. Just what I know along with others will bring those involved down, and a free trip to the big house. Don't get me wrong there's alot of GOOD COPPERS in Stone Park, and I know who they are. But you have the MUTTS HENCHMEN, along with JOEY'S "the snake" followers that take orders and do things there not supposed to. Like fuck with the residence's and so forth. I can go on for a long time, and its coming. So until next time.

    By Anonymous RiverBravo6, at 3:32 PM, December 19, 2006  

  • FINALLY THE HEAT IS OFF OF MELROSE PARK!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anon E Muss, at 10:46 AM, December 20, 2006  

  • Melrose Park sucks!Serpico and his boys of crooks, Campanelli,scavo,welch and others are soon to be arrested. Mayor Mazzulla will be begged to come fix our problems in Melrose Park.I'm glad Mazzulla punched Serpico and Campanelli, maybe he knocked some sense into them!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:11 AM, December 20, 2006  

  • Don't post under "anonymous". Use a pseudonym.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 2:32 PM, December 20, 2006  

  • Hey Carl, soon you will know who I am. I'm a witness in the whole S.O.A.P. OPS. They can run, but cannot hide. Its all in time when it runs down hill.

    A Former Operater of Stone Park Police.

    By Anonymous RiverBravo6, at 3:51 PM, December 20, 2006  

  • Anybody know a guy from Stone Park named Anthony Ceracino?

    By Anonymous G man, at 5:58 PM, January 10, 2007  

  • Anyone got anything on Tommy Hanson (Marti Gras) working for the G? Heard they had camaras and everything.

    By Anonymous 22, at 2:43 PM, January 26, 2007  

  • Tony "the twitch" C. works for Maywood Police as A police officer. Last time I heard. And Tommy "2 face" Hanson DOES have alot of tapes of all kinds, and some good stuff on it.

    Signed RiverBravo 6, a former operater of Stone Park Police

    By Anonymous RiverBravo 6, at 3:48 PM, February 03, 2007  

  • River bravo 6:

    You hear about a northlake undercover cop working for Marti Gras and getting payoffs? Tommy has the tapes that went to the feds?

    By Anonymous bigman, at 3:07 PM, February 07, 2007  

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