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Front Page February 16, 2012  RSS feed

Cops Sting & Shut Down R’Wood Club

Find Slots Machines, Unsafe Conditions
by Robert Pozarycki


Boxes of counterfeit high-tech merchandise were recovered by police from a Manhattan store where a Maspeth man and a Corona woman arrested during last Thursday’s raid allegedly worked. Boxes of counterfeit high-tech merchandise were recovered by police from a Manhattan store where a Maspeth man and a Corona woman arrested during last Thursday’s raid allegedly worked. While responding to a reported assault early on Sunday morning, Feb. 12, 104th Precinct officers closed down a Ridgewood social club after finding illegal slot machines and a number of liquor law violations inside the establishment, it was reported.

Law enforcement sources said that Sgt. Eric Turbetsky and P.O. Milton Reyes of the 104th Precinct responded to a 911 call regarding an incident outside the Scorpion Café lounge located at 792 Onderdonk Ave. near Putnam Avenue.

Upon their arrival, police noted, the officers spotted a male in front of the location bleeding from the head. The man’s injuries were not considered serious.

Soon after the officers came to the scene, authorities stated, members of the club shut off the lights and drew down gates in an apparent effort to appear closed. When Reyes and Turbetsky initially attempted to gain access to the location, police noted, they were denied entry.

Moments later, the club’s owner—identified by police as Dan- Nicky Dianconescu—allowed the officers inside. Upon entering the establishment, the officers found patrons inside and located a pair of “joker poker” slot machines, each of which contained currency.

Reportedly, the officers also determined that the entrance to the club had been locked from the inside, a violation of the fire code. Additional violations of State Liquor Authority regulations were also observed, and the club was closed down, police noted.

Dianconescu was taken into custody by police and charged with reckless endangerment and obstructing governmental administration, sources noted.

Law enforcement agents familiar with the case stated that the club has a history of quality of life problems dating back several years.

The incident has been reported to the State Liquor Authority for further investigation and enforcement, police said.