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Friday, February 12, 2010

Patte's gone patty-cake

Part deux of...what the hell is going on around here?

Jesus H. Allah!

Feds serve subpoena on W-B sports bar, charge worker

BY DAVE JANOSKI, PROJECTS EDITOR Published: February 12, 2010

Federal agents conducting a corruption probe served a subpoena on Patte's Sports Bar in Wilkes-Barre Thursday night, sources familiar with the case said today.

The visit by FBI agents followed gambling-related charges filed Wednesday against an employee of the bar/restaurant on Hollenback Avenue. Owner Patrick Patte did not immediately return a phone message left at the bar today. The U.S. Attorney's Office declined comment.

On Wednesday, the FBI filed a single count of conspiracy to transmit wagering information through use of wire communication against Patte's employee Mark G. Fino, of Wilkes-Barre. Documents in the case were sealed by U.S. Magistrate Malachy Mannion.

Fino could not immediately be reached for comment.

More than 20 people have been charged in the wide-ranging federal probe since January.

Holy muck, man!

A couple of summers ago, Wifey and I were bored to death one night and we decided to take a slow walk over to Patte's and order some good food, and suck back a few drafts. The food was barely above average, the drafts were plenty cold, but the atmosphere was such that we never bothered to return.

To be blunt, we were seriously put off by the loud, boorish and sometimes rowdy exploits of the self-absorbed Who's Who of Luzerne County, who seemed to think they were the Golly Green Giants of the entire place.

During the walk home, I explained to Wifey why each of these slothed individuals seemed to think they were the cat's ultimate meow. One by one, I filled her in on the worst that Luzerne County had to offer at that time, many of which are now indicted, or who have already copped a plea agreement.

And I'll never forget what she said in response. She said, "So they had to pay off, hire, or blow somebody?"

And my response?

"Pretty much."

Fu>k Patte's and fu>k it's regular clientele.

Sez me.


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