John Salvo 15 Nov 1934 Arson

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John Salvo 15 Nov 1934 Arson - wmm n TIME IN LOCAL AftSDN GASE After being out...
wmm n TIME IN LOCAL AftSDN GASE After being out over twenty hours the Jury In the case of John Salvo, of Pittston, tried on a charge of ar son, reported to Judge W. A. Valen tine this morning that it was unable to agree and was discharged from fur ther consideration of the case. This was the second trial and the second disagreement in the case.. Salvo is at liberty under $15,000 ball, and Judge Valentine permits this bail to stand for the present. The defendant will likely be tried a third time. Salvo was indicted with John Dom too, of Swoyerville, and Joseph Men dola, of Pittston, and at the first trial about two months ago Mendola, who was a tenant in the building when it was burned down, pleaded guilty and testified for the Commonwealth The jury disagreed as to Salvo and Domico after being out over thirty hours. It was reported at the time that the Jury stood eleven to one for conviction. When the second trial opened on Monday. Domico, owner of the build' tag, pleaded guilty to the arson con spiracy and was a witness for the Commonwealth and the case went to the jury as to the guilt of Salvo, who denied all knowledge of the cause of the fire or any arson conspiracy. The case went to the jury at noon yes terday, and the jury was out a!! night. Some of the jurors told Attor ney Harry Weintraub, counsel for the defendant, that In this trial they stood eleven to one for an acquittal, The building that was destroyed was owned by John Domico, located at 180 East Ninth street, Wyoming, was ln sured for $7,000, and was occupied by Joseph Mendola as a tenant at the time It was destroyed, July 13, 1933 Mendola charged that Salvo was the actual fireburg, although he denied aw knowledge of the fire. In dosing the case Attorney Wein traub stated that Mendola believed Salvo was involved in the disappear ance of Mendola's daughter and made the statement connecting Salvo withi the fire to get revenge. After the fire James Valentl, of Pittston. Is alleged to have told State police that he sold five S - gallon jars of gasoline to Salvo before the fire He repudiated this statement on the witness stand and denied that he sold anx gasoline to Salvo. For this he was considered a hostile witness anif was sent to Jail in default of $5,000 ball to answer a charge of perjury, On his way to the jail he is report' ed to have told the deputy sheriffs that he was threatened with harm If he said anything against Salvo in court, but would go on the stand and tell the truth If given another chance He was brought back later but refused to change his story. He later secured the $5,000 bail and was released Salvo was represented at the trial by Attorneys Harry Weintraub and Charles Rozmarek, and the Common' wealth was represented by Assistant District Attorney Felix Bolowlcz. The latter believed a strong case was made out against the defendant. Salvo's ball In $15,000 was allowed to stand, Oeromlmo Chippola and Seraflna Stuccl, of Pittston, being his bonds men. The trial aroused considerable in terest. Those who served on the Jury were: Henry Oerlach, tinner, Hazleton. Thomas F. Mulligan, plumber, Wil - kesbarre. Arthur Oeaser, laborer, Ashley. . Albert Orr, policeman, Pittston. John Harrison, health officer, Plymouth. John Allardyce, merchant, Pittston, William S. Lee, automobiles, WU - kesbarre. . Albert Ayre, laborer, Kingston. John Harry, driver boss, Plymouth, Jacob Mover, painter, Pittston. Leo Golden, laborer, Pittston. Marvin Hobbs, laborer, Kingston,

Clipped from Pittston Gazette15 Nov 1934, ThuPage 1

Pittston Gazette (Pittston, Pennsylvania)15 Nov 1934, ThuPage 1
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