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Go Go case defendant assaulted

Published: Fri, May 27, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.


The Vindicator

Go Go Cabaret manager Sebastian Rucci addresses visiting Judge Thomas P. Curran during a court hearing Monday. Judge Curran ruled against the defense’s motion to dismiss most of the charges in a case against Rucci and four other defendants who are all charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, money laundering, perjury and two counts each of promoting prostitution.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



A 27-year-old Youngstown man is in the Mahoning County jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond, accused of attacking Atty. Sebastian Rucci downtown and punching a police officer.

Keith Slade, 27, of East Dewey Avenue, was arraigned Thursday before Judge Robert Douglas of Youngstown Municipal Court on charges of assault and assault of a police officer.

Slade previously was sentenced to four years in prison in 2004 for aggravated robbery, with an additional three years for a firearm specification.

According to a police report, Slade walked up to Rucci outside the Thomas D. Lambros Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on Market Street and punched the attorney in the face several times. Witnesses said Rucci’s face was bloodied, and prosecutors said during Slade’s arraignment that Rucci briefly passed out from the attack.

Rucci is embroiled in a legal battle involving the Go Go Cabaret, which he owns, in Austintown. He was taken to an area hospital for observation immediately after the attack. Rucci said he underwent a CAT scan and has since been released from the hospital, but is still having headaches.

The embattled attorney said he does not believe Slade intended to rob him.

Instead, Rucci claims that someone paid Slade to attack him. In the police report, he alleges that county Prosecutor Paul Gains could be involved.

Late Thursday, Rucci backed off that allegation.

“It’s not like I believe Paul Gains paid the guy. What I believe is this: There’s somebody that’s protecting the other clubs,” he said.

Rucci then compared himself to Gains.

“He had a great story. Someone tried to silence him by harming him. It’s the same damn story with me,” he said.

Witnesses say Slade walked off toward the Market Street Bridge, took his shirt off and threw it over the bridge as he walked.

Police caught up with Slade on the bridge and he at first acted as if he would submit to arrest, but he then took a fighting stance against the two officers. One officer tried to place handcuffs on Slade but was punched in the side of the face.

The officer who had been punched suffered a chipped tooth.

One officer reportedly punched Slade in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, but Slade got back to his feet and rushed at the officer. Another officer at the scene shot Slade with a Taser, which stopped his fight with officers.

Rucci and other defendants in a multiple-count indictment alleging illicit activities at the Go Go Cabaret will go on trial in November.

He and the other defendants, Curtis “C.J.” Jones, Derrick L. Dozier, Wayne Penny and Peter E. Sciullo II, signed written waivers of a jury trial Monday before visiting Judge Thomas P. Curran.

Monday was opening day of proceedings against the defendants, who are charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, money laundering, perjury and two counts each of promoting prostitution.

Additionally, three corporations, Go Go Cabaret, 5455 Clarkins Drive Inc. and Triple-G Investments — all of 5455 Clarkins Drive — are indicted on a charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, with a forfeiture specification.

“The adult entertainment industry is not a place for a podium of justice, but at the same time, I paid for the permits, I renovated it, and I did exceptionally well,” Rucci said.

Vindicator reporter Ashley Luthern contributed to this report.


1VindyPost(436 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

...Rucci statement

"The adult entertainment industry is not a place for a podium of justice, but at the same time, I paid for the permits, I renovated it, and I did exceptionally well,” Rucci said.

Prostitution, Illicit Drug Activity, Corruption, Money Laundering, Perjury,

He may have paid for the permits...BUT he actively Permitted and Promoted criminal activity for a very long time ---it's against the law which he shall be responsible and accountable for.

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2mrucci(2 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

There was never any prostitution at the gogo. If you went there instead of beliving lies you would know.

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3AtownParent(565 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Oh ok, well no to prostitution, but there is no denial on the other changes? What a joke. The community wants it closed. I hope Paul Gains succeeds with this case.

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4TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Looks like Rucci wasn't taking care of the right people.

Wonder why the club on the other side of the freeway (Club 76) with a revolving back door to the massage parlor next door hasn't been busted.

Seems like he's well connected in typical Mahoning County politics meaning he has certain officials making it difficult for any competition.

Who owns Club 76?

Rucci seems to be the victim of selective prosecution.


The Club 76 owner apparently isn't happy with the way the case is going..

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5ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

@ Atownparent, you say the community wants it closed but it is the busiest night spot in town! Apparently you are misinformed on what the "community" wants! Just because a handful of people in the "community" don't like something doesn't mean that it shouldn't be allowed to be there. There may have been a few bad seeds infecting the place but it sounds like everything has been done as needed to correct that.

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6Wapiti(139 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

This garbage business is only seemingly busy because of it's location. It needs closed as do all the other skin businesses. As for this joker getting punched, maybe he paid for that himself to garner sympathy. He certainly wasn't hurt.
Also,Rucci, you should post under just one name. Otherwise people might think you're up to something. Have a nice day.

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7ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

@Wapiti, you apparently think I am Rucci, I wouldn't have minded being him when he was raking in money hand over fist! I am not sure what you mean by "only seemingly busy because of it's location" because that makes no sense. When there are 50 cars in the parking lot it really doesn't matter if that 50 cars was somewhere else it is still 50 cars with at least one person per car visiting that establishment. In my book that constitutes busy. You may not like skin businesses but the fact of the matter is that a lot of people do. If it is such a big issue than maybe all the people who don't like them should do something to get an issue on the ballot otherwise quit whining and just don't go there! Seems pretty simple to me. Oh and before you go accusing me of being a regular at these clubs you are sadly mistaken but I do believe in capitalism and not letting the minority control the majority.

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8WangLoo(1 comment)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

To TAXEDOFF, You make the same comment quite frequently. You must be Mr. Rucci or one of his associates to make this moronic statement. It seems to me that if the other club owners were so powerful in local politics that Go Go Caberet would never have been able to open it's doors in the first place.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Keith Slade is just a good old boy from the hood . Was he hired to send Sebastian Rucci a message ?



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10TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago


Obviously you made this account just to comment on a post that was completely factual.

For your info. from the beginning every possible attempt was made to STOP it's opening.

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11AtownParent(565 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Not proud at all GoNeo. ElPollo seems to think the parking lot is full of people from Austintown. He forgets there is a cheap hotel attached to the dive and that a very popular restaurant is right next door.

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12ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Funny Atownparent, the "very popular restaurant" next door has plenty of its own parking and actually for quite some time the hotel was closed. Next excuse! And I didn't say the parking lot was full of people from Austintown, just said it had lots of cars!

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13saysithowitiz(98 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

A lot of people don't want a lot of things in their towns, bars, strip clubs, factories, etc. But the fact is that the city/township collects tax revenue from these facilities. And remember, for every customer one of these facilities brings in there is a chance that customer will also stop to buy gas, eat food or conduct other business in that city/township. More money spent = more tax revenue! The Go-Go most likely has little effect on property values of commercial and light industrial properties. I don't see many residential properties around the Go-Go.

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14ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

You know what GoNEO no one buys a house in a nice neighborhood and says I hope that the trash from the closest hood slowly moves into my neighborhood and destroys it but sure enough look at Boardman and Austintown, slowly the South and West sides of Youngstown infiltrate and cause nothing but crime and disgrace! There are no houses within 600 feet of the business and it is in a commercially zoned area that up until the business moved in has been on a steady decline. Property values are not even remotely a concern. The problem is people can't keep their noses out of where they don't belong. If you don't like the place don't go there! Otherwise sit in your house and be concerned with the fact that your neighbors are eventually moving and the people moving in are going to break in to your house and cars and steal your stuff! Get over it!

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