Sun-Times: Melrose Park Mayor’s Alleged Mob Ties Explored in ‘Goon’s’ Sentencing Paperwork; Lightford Mental Health Resource Fair

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Friday, November 13, 2015 || Originally Published: Chicago Sun-Times || 11/12/15 || By Jon Seidel

George Brown allegedly boasted his goon had no problem “breakin’ somebody’s legs.”

But when he and Paul Carparelli began to plot a “f—— thorough beating” for used-car dealer R. J. Serpico in Melrose Park, the feds say, Brown had a concern: He thought Serpico was the son of Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico, (pictured, photo by Sun-Times).

Brown was wrong. But he warned Carparelli the mayor might “run” to alleged mob bosses Pete and John DiFronzo, according to records filed in federal court Thursday. Or, as Brown called them, “Uncle Pete and Uncle John.”

This has just got a special set of circumstances,” Brown allegedly said.

Federal prosecutors revealed that detail in paperwork they filed seeking a prison sentence of as high as six years for Michael “Mickey” Davis. A jury convicted Davis, 58, in June of extortion and attempted extortion. The feds accused him of ordering R.J. Serpico’s “break-both-legs beating” to collect on a $300,000 debt.

Davis is set to be sentenced Tuesday. His attorneys have asked for a sentence of as little as 13 months for a man they claim has a “genuine concern for the well-being of others, willingness to help those in need, and generous spirit.”

R.J. Serpico is the nephew of the Melrose Park mayor. The DiFronzos have business ties in Melrose Park, and a spokesman for the mayor acknowledged the mayor is aware of the brothers. But the spokesman denied there is any connection between the case, the mayor’s relative, the DiFronzos or their business endeavors.

The looming, broad-shouldered Davis approached R.J. Serpico in the office of his Melrose Park used car dealership in January 2013, months after loaning R.J. Serpico and his father $300,000 according to trial testimony.

Davis dropped a sheet of gambling debts owed by R.J. Serpico’s father down on the desk and said, “this wasn’t the f—— agreement,” Serpico testified. R.J. Serpico said Davis leaned back and asked, “how my wife and my kids were, and if I still lived in Park Ridge.” Serpico said he took it as a threat.

R.J. Serpico vomited often because of his fear of Davis, according to prosecutors. They said that fear was fueled not only by that conversation, but by Davis’ alleged association with Pete DiFronzo.

The feds say Davis arranged for Serpico’s beating by contacting Gigi Rovito, who recruited Carparelli, who sought out Brown. Carparelli allegedly told Brown the person seeking the beating was “Mickey,” adding that person was “Solly D’s” — an apparent reference to Chicago Outfit member Salvatore DeLaurentis.

Brown wound up cooperating with the feds. Carparelli pleaded guilty in May to three counts of conspiracy to commit extortion in a separate case, and he is set to be sentenced Dec. 21.

Lightford and community leaders to host mental health town hall and resource fair, Nov. 17, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D – Maywood), along with Riveredge Hospital and the Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is hosting a mental health open forum event and resource fair that will seek to provide communities with the resources, education and empowerment needed to combat the stigma associated with mental illness.

Representatives from the local mental health community will be present to answer questions and discuss concerns people might have about mental health, such as – What resources are available and where to find them? How can I get help for myself or a loved one? Who can I talk to in a safe, comfortable environment?

State Senator Lightford and representatives from the local mental health community will be present to answer questions and discuss concerns, including: Riveredge Hospital, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, County Care and CCHHS, Chicago Dept. of Public Health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Oak Park Township Mental Health Board, Pillars and Proviso Township Mental Health Commission.

The second in a series of town hall resource fairs offering an unique and important opportunity for everyone in attendance to ask mental health professionals questions about mental illness and receive information, while the event also acts as a springboard for new community and legislative efforts to find better ways to identify and treat mental illness.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 || 7 PM to 8:30 PM

WHERE: Riveredge Hospital, 8311 Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park, IL VFP

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