That's when they're due to appear in Superior Court. Among the other men arrested are two former stand-out baseball players in Rhode Island. They also declined to say why the Cozy Grill was searched, but one of the arrested men, Thomas Pilderian, 45, of Cranston, is listed in state records as the president of The Cozy Grille Inc.
Furney, 24, of 48 Roosevelt Street, Warwick: State Police say the 17 men are facing charges related to the management of a criminal internet based gambling organization. James Petrella, 31 and Timothy Moretti, 46 were said to be controlling the second operation.
Battista, age 39, of Narragansett Parkway, Warwick Bookmaking. Inhe was drafted in the 43rd round by the St.
It was the same story later in the night when a reporter visited three of the men's homes in Cranston and Warwick. Sears, 40, of 40 Braeburn Circle, Cranston: Moretti, 46, of Phenix Avenue, Cranston: Brunelle, 38, North Providence: Cipolla, 48, of Council Rock Road, Cranston: The following is a list of subjects arrested and the charges pending: The investigation is continuing.
The men were arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Kent County District Court on charges such as bookmaking, organized criminal gambling, and conspiracy.
The arrests come after an eight-month investigation led by the state police and the attorney general's office. One of the men faces drug counts. Two other men also face a count of bookmaking.
He was held without bail; all other suspects were released on surety bail or promises to appear in Superior Court on June Another local baseball star includes Warwick's Sean Furney, who played for the University of Rhode Island before signing as a free agent in with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
John Depietro, 41, of South Kingstown, does not face charges in the alleged gambling scheme. Eddie Pilderian, who has worked at the Cozy Grill for ten years, enters an order as the popular Warwick Avenue restaurant reopened yesterday. The two Warwick residents are accused of conspiring with suspected illegal bookmakers in the organized gambling scheme.
Battista also was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance.