9. Corporate Organizational Profile #8 (Chart K)

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Four
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4

Sovereign News Company is a wholesale pornography distributor located at 2075 E. 65th Street, Cleveland, Ohio. The company receives pornographic material from Star Distributors, Ltd., New York, New York; Parliament News Agency, Chatsworth, California; Action Publishers, St. Petersburg, Florida; Atlas News Distributors, Los Angeles, California; United Sales Distributors, address unknown; Global Press, Los Angeles, California; Star Media, Inc., New York, New York; Star Dust Enterprises, Pennsauken, New Jersey; Peachtree Discount. Distributors, Atlanta, Georgia; Southeast Productions, San Fernando, California; Southwest Distribution, Los Angeles, California; California International Distributors, Los Angeles, California; Lasse Braun Sex Shop, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Buy Rite Magazine Sales, North Hollywood, California, and Shore Innovations, Inc., New York, New York.

Sovereign News Company distributes pornographic material to Royal News Company, Romulus, Michigan; Crown News Company, Camden, New Jersey; Majestic News Company, Youngstown, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Sun Dial News Company, Denver, Colorado; Capitol News Company, Chicago, Illinois; Noble News Company, Baltimore, Maryland; World Wide News Company, Beachwood, Ohio; Discount News Company, Cleveland, Ohio; Automatic Enterprises, Washington, D.C.; Bon Jay Sales, Baltimore, Maryland; Atlantic Magazine Company, Washington, D.C.; Imperial News Company, Depew, New York, and Canyon News Company, Glendale, Arizona.

Additional information on the business activities of Sovereign News Company surfaced in a combined and coordinated law enforcement raid on the warehouses of Bon Jay Sales and Noble News Company, both located in Maryland, on August 23, 1976. Several uncashed checks, which totaled $11,201.31, made payable to Edward Stevens, were discovered. These checks had been sent_ from Castle News Company, Wisconsin (signature unreadable); New England News Company, Massachusetts (signed by Roger Carlton); Crown News Company, New Jersey (signed by Allan Crown); Majestic News Company, Pennsylvania (signature unreadable); Capitol News Company, 1 Illinois (signed by Theodore Pettipiece); A & A Distributors, Inc., Illinois (signature unreadable), and Slam Products, Inc., Michigan (signed by Samuel Ellmans). The checks from Castle News Company, New England News Company and Crown News Company, were handwritten by the same individual and each of the checks was stamped with an identical check writing machine using the registration number 8P68189. Edward Stevens was to receive these checks during the period August 17 to 31, 1976. A notation on the check from A & A Distributors, Inc., 1448 West North Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, indicated it had failed to clear a bank in Chicago on at least two occasions and a letter from Jack Gresser to A & A Distributors requested it be reissued.

Additionally, a list was seized which revealed nine businesses throughout the country which had the common billing address of Sovereign News Company, Cleveland, Ohio. These businesses were Castle News Company, Wisconsin; New England News Company, Massachusetts; Crown News Company, New Jersey; Majestic News Company, Illinois; Capitol News Company, Illinois; Imperial News Company, New York; Noble News Company, Maryland; Royal News Company, Michigan, and Sun Dial News Company, Colorado. Documentation has been developed to establish that several businesses are linked to Sovereign News Company, who is a nationwide distributor. These include Canyon News Company, Arizona; Capitol News Company, Illinois; Majestic News Company,;Ohio; Royal News Company, Michigan; Imperial News Company, New York; New England News Company, Massachusetts; Crown News Company, New Jersey, and Nobel News Company, Maryland.

The sole stockholder of Sovereign News Company is Reuben Sturman. His wife, Ester, is the secretary/ treasurer; Frank Steel is the statutory agent; David Zeitman and Keith Davie are incorporators; Samuel Joseph is the manager; Melvin Kamins is the manager, and Bernard Beckman is the representing attorney.

Sturman is listed as a principal in the Cinematic Vending Corporation, Ltd., 36 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and as the statutory agent for the Royal News Company, 30024 Beverly Road, Romulus, Michigan.

Sturman has been observed operating a 1976 Cadillac Seville with California Registration 189-PFH which is listed to Lyndon Distributors, 15755 Arminta Station, Van Nuys, California. In 1966, Sturman was indicted by a Los Angeles County Grand Jury with Milton Luros of the London Press Publishing Company, Los Angeles, California, for conspiracy to publish and distribute books which the California Supreme Court had ruled obscene. However, the United States Supreme Court ruled the material was not obscene. In March 1976, a Federal Grand Jury indicted Reuben Sturman, Samuel Joseph, Melvin Kamins, Joseph Zernic, Antoine Dostal, Fred Hirsch and Richard Johnson for the interstate transportation of pornographic films and magazines. Melvin Kamins is a manager of Discount News Company, co-located with Sovereign News Company. Other businesses co-located with Sovereign News Company are Palace Enterprises, Spot Discount Stores, Inc., and World Wide News Company. Judith Sturman, Joseph Sturman and Joyce Schwartz are incorporators with Sander Schwartz as the statutory agent of Spot Discount Stores, Inc. Sander Schwartz is also the statutory agent for World Wide News Company, with Franklin Blazer, Gladys Whitaker and Francis Yocabet as incorporators.

Bernard Berkman was the representing attorney for William Pinkus of Rosslyn News Company, 7748 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

Jack Heath is the president; Norma Heath is the secretary; Lee Kohrman is the attorney; Samuel Joseph is a shareholder; Frank Steele signs employees' checks; James Savage is the manager; Nahum Sturman is the vice president; Robert Coy is a director for Great Lakes News Company, T/A Imperial News Company, 35 Main Street, Depew, New York. In 1963, Reuben Sturman was the president and his wife, Ester, was the secretary/treasurer.

Lee Kohrmen is also the attorney for Provincial Distributors, Ltd., 225 Louisiana Street, Buffalo, New York, with Wilbur Kemble as the president, and the Triangle News, Inc., 424 E. Main Street, Rochester, New York, with Stephen Baker as the president and Alan Maxwell as the secretary. An accountant firm, Krasney, Polk & Friedman located at 1605 Superior Building, Cleveland, Ohio, maintains the accounts for Triangle News, Inc., and the Imperial News Company. David Zeitman and Michael Nakon are the incorporators of Noble News Company, 6801 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, Maryland, with Frank Steel as the president (1968); Melvin Kamins, Samuel Joseph and Maurice Escott as directors (1968); Herman Weiss as the manager, and Don Debow and J. Adams as directors. Noble News Company maintains a mailing address of 1605 Superior Building, Cleveland, Ohio, and a billing address of 2075 E. 65th Street, Clsveland, Ohio (Sovereign News Company).

Gary Rosenthal, a director for the Baltimore News Center, 428 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland, also maintains the mailing address of 1605 Superior Building, Cleveland, Ohio, and 1225 King Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Rosenthal is listed as the president of Bret Distributor, 100 W. 10th Street, Boston, Massachusetts. He was the original president of Beacon Distributors, T/A New England News, 215 A Street, Boston, Massachusetts, with Roger Carlton and Steven Baker as the current officers. Roger Carlton's signature (rubber stamp) is used on the employees' checks of the Fourth Avenue Adult News, Inc., South 4th Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the News, Inc., North Land Road, Michigan, 48195. Steven Baker's signature (rubber stamp) is used on the employees' checks of the News, Inc., West Warren, Dearborn, Michigan, and the Michigan Avenue Bookstore, Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti, Michigan. Roger Carlton is the president and Steven Baker is the director of Raleigh Books, Inc., County of Cuyahoga, Ohio.

On March 24, 1977, Barbara Glin, a Notary Public employed as a secretary for Sovereign News Company, was interviewed by law enforcement agents at her residence, 16811 Kenyon, Shaker Heights, Ohio. Glin was shown a copy of a Secretary's Certificate which stated as follows:

 

"SECRETARY'S CERTIFICATE

"I, L. RAY VALUE, hereby certify that I am the Secretary of Combat News Company, a Delaware Corporation, authorized to transact business in Massachusetts and it appears from the records of said Corporation in my possession as such Secretary and as actually occurred at a meeting of the Directors duly called and ended on Thursday, January 14, 1977, the following resolution was passed:

"RESOLVED that attorneys BARRY E. ROSENTHAL, WILLIAM COWIN and NELSON LOVINS be and hereby are authorized and empowered to appear for and represent this Corporation in all aspects of the trial and other proceedings in Suffolk County Criminal Court, Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to further represent this Corporation in all matters regarding legal representation; such authority to continue until terminated in writing by the Corporation; and that all prior representation is hereby nullified.

"I do further certify that such Resolution is in full force and effect and has not been either amended or revoked, and that such Resolution and all action authorized thereby conforms to all applicable provisions of the Articles .of Incorporation and By-Laws of the Corporation.

"WITNESS my hand and seal of this Corporation this 14th day of January, 1977.

"/s/ L. RAY VALUE
L. RAY VALUE - Secretary Combat News Company

"STATE OF OHIO )SS
CUYAHOGA COUNTY )

"SWORN to before me this 14th day of January, 1977."
/s/ BARBARA GLIN Notary Public"

After reading the form for several moments, GLIN advised that the signature, as it appears on the lower righthand portion of the certificate above the line Notary Public, is a copy of her signature. She advised that in her capacity as a notary public employed by Sovereign News Company, 2075 East 65th Street, Cleveland, Ohio, she had occasion to notarize numerous signatures. GLIN advised that on this Secretary's Certificate, she recognized the name of L. RAY VALUE as the name which the interviewing agent had asked her about during a previous interview at her residence on February 15, 1977. GLIN reiterated her previous information that she had never heard of the individual L. RAY VALUE nor had she had occasion to determine if this individual actually existed. She further advised that generally individuals wishing to have their signature notarized appear before her in person. However, she refused to state that in all cases, when she notarizes signatures, do the individuals whose signature she is notarizing appear before her. GLIN advised that she continues to be employed as a secretary for MEL KAMINS at Sovereign News Company.

Melvin Kamins, Samuel Joseph and Maurice Escott are directors of Regal Books, Inc., P.O. Box 1120, Watson Street, Baltimore, Maryland. Samuel Joseph, Melvin Kamins and Raymond Sloan are directors; Michael Nakon is an incorporator; Steven Baker is the secretary, and Morton Goss is the president of the Automated Vending Company, whose principle office is located at 1 E. First Street, Reno, Nevada. The peep show machine permit of Charles Books, Inc., 1827 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, is in the name of Samuel Joseph.

Morton Goss, Kevin McIntyre, Thomas Slobodzian and Raymond Sloan are officers, with Reuben Sturman listed as the principle in the Cinematic Vending Corporation, Ltd., 36 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Reuben Sturman is also the statutory agent for the Royal News Company, 30024 Beverly Road, Romulus, Michigan.

Frank Steele is the president, and Morton Goss is the vice president of the Royal News Company, 2075 E. 65th Street, Cleveland, Ohio. Frank Steele is also the statutory agent of Majestic News Company, 3713 Oakwood Drive, Youngstown, Ohio, with Morton Goss as president. Morton Goss was the president of Crown News Company, 1171 Chestnut Street, Camden, New Jersey, which recently changed its name to Century Sales, 9252 Commerce Street, Pennsauken, New Jersey, with the billing address of 2075 E. 65th Street, Cleveland, Ohio (Sovereign News Company). Goss is listed as the owner of Palace Movie, 1233 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The address 36 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Cinematic Vending Corporation, Ltd.) is also the mailing address of East Coast Vending Company, 260 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts, whose president is Theodore Pettipiece, and the treasurer is John Allison. The East Coast Vending Company is still in existence on corporate papers but its function has been assumed by Coast Vending Company, 681 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts, with Joseph Saraceni as president, Ralph Saraceni as treasurer, and Thomas Zazzaro as director. East Coast Vending Company's address of 36 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is also the address of Jeffery Wood who is a director of New Book City, Inc., 239 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts, along with John Reardon as president and Alan Maxwell as a director. Mark Heiblim is president of The Scene, Inc., 681 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts, which is co-located with Coast Vending Company. The Coast Vending Company supplies movie projectors to the businesses established in Joseph Palladino's organizational profile.

Theodore Pettipiece is the president of Associated Rentals, Inc., 260 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts, and the Cine City Art Theater, Inc., 675 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts, with Nicholas Caracasis as director. Nicholas Caracasis is the president of North Nevada Company, T/A Parisian Arcade, 219 West Second Street, and 740 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada, and the agent for Justice Books, Inc., T/A Paradise Books, 807 14th Street, N. W., Washington, D.C. Pettipiece's signature (rubber stamp) is used as the authorized signature on employees' checks for the following pornography businesses in Colorado and Michigan: Book Mart, Inc. (Central), Court Place, Denver, Colorado; Book Mart, Inc. (North), 84th & Valley Highway, Denver, Colorado; Book Mart, Inc. (East), East Colfax, Denver, Colorado; Book Shop, Inc., West 2nd Avenue, Denver, Colorado; 15th Street Magazine Exchange, 15th Street, Denver, Colorado; Books, 20th Street, Denver, Colorado; Tip Top Bookstore, 124 Monroe Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, and The Book Shop, Inc., Courtland, Jackson, Michigan.

Pettipiece is also the president of Automated Services Consultants of California, which maintains two addresses, 15745 Stagg Street, Van Nuys, California (parent company), and 6800 N. 55th Street, Glendale, Arizona (subsidiary), with Phillip Santhon as the operator for the latter address, John Allison as the secretary, Robert Coy as the treasurer, and Kim Short as the manager.

Theodore Pettipiece is also the president of Sun Dial News Company, 2650 W. 2nd Avenue, Denver, Colorado, and is the authorized signer of employees' checks for Capitol News Agency, 3400 N. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, whose manager is Al Bloom, and an officer is Stanley Seidler. The Sun Dial News Company, Capitol News Agency, Castle News Company, 4551 N. 125th Street, Butler, Wisconsin, and Majestic News Company, 922 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, maintain the billing address of 2075 E. 65th Street, Cleveland, Ohio (Sovereign News Company).

The operation of pornography businesses in Arizona is primarily through the figures of Erland Bartanen and Phillip Santhon. Erland Bartanen's operation appears to be independent in nature. However, Bartanen's source for pornographic supplies is dependent upon the Black Amusement, Inc., T/A Canyon News Company, which is currently the only identified supplier of pornographic material in Arizona. Canyon News Company receives its supplies from Parliament News Agency, 21314 Lessen, Chatsworth, California.

While there are independent retail operators, the activities of Bartanen, Santhon, Lyle Cox, Manuel Buso, Valeri Trambitas and Patrick Baca govern the distribution of films, magazines, books, rubber goods, novelty items and film video viewing devices in Arizona.

Phillip Santhon has no criminal record in Arizona. However, he was charged with four misdemeanor counts of commercial exhibition of obscene items in Arizona. While this case was pending trial, Black Amusements, Inc., pled guilty to two counts and agreed to close the Le Sex Shoppe at 6 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona, in exchange for dismissal of charges against Santhon. Santhon does have prior arrests by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office. Phillip Santhon originally appeared in Phoenix on May 29, 1975, when he began applying for various privilege tax (sales) and film video licenses on behalf of Erotic Words and Pictures (E.W.A.P.) and the Automatic Vending Company.

Phillip Santhon maintains the business tax license and Robert Coy the film license for the Pleasure Palace, 1524 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona, and Barney's Bookstore, 1421 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, Arizona. The property used by both bookstores is owned by Milton & Beatrice Luros. Milton Luros also owns Parliament News Company, 21314 Lessen, Chatsworth, California. Phillip Santhon and Gregg Dudley are the lessees of the Southside Bookstore, 4615 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, with the film license'in Robert Coy's name.

Phillip Santhon is also the president of Black Amusements Company, T/A Arizona Bookstore, T/A Canyon News Company (maintains the same address as 6800 N. 55th Street, Glendale, Arizona), with Gregg Dudley as the secretary. Dwain Esper is the lessee; Gregg Dudley obtained the business tax license, and Robert Coy obtained the film tax license for the Paris Lounge (currently closed), 315 E. Washington Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. Dwain Esper is the president and Millicent Wratten is the secretary for the MJW Enterprises, Inc., 315 E. Washington, Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. Robert Coy signed for the film license for the Mini Vue, Adult Theater, 2438 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, Arizona, which is owned by William Bates, with Donna Dees as the licensee and Cletus Hibner as the property owner.

Gregg Dudley signed the business. tax license; Robert Coy signed the film tax license, and Narhan Tager is the property owner of Le Sex Shoppe, 6 W. Washington, Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona (currently closed). Nathan Tager is also the property owner of 2 W. Washington Avenue, Seattle, Washington, which houses Ellwest Stereo Theaters, Inc., T/A Ellwest Stereo Theater with the business address of 500 Wall Street, Seattle, Washington.

The manager is Fred Holton, with John Ebert as the agent, and Larry Trambitas as the lessee for the Ellwest Stereo Theater in Seattle, Washington. Larry Trambitas is the director of the Western Amusement. Company, Inc., 3126 Elliott Avenue, Seattle, Washington, and the director of T&T Films, Ltd., 1106 Grosvenor House, 5th & Wall Streets, Seattle, Washington. The corporate officers for the Ellwest Stereo Theater, 190 Union Street, Memphis, Tennessee, are Larry Trambitas as president, John Ebert as secretary/ treasurer, David Capp as manager, and William Cooley as the vice president. William Cooley signed the occupancy permit; Larry Trambitas, Vesta Trambitas and Wesley Nashman are the directors, with Sterling Stevens, Bonny Hines and Robert Bodoin as the incorporators of the Ellwest Stereo Theaters of Washington, D.C., 1418 Eye Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Larry Trambitas is the president, with Wesley Nashman, Vesta Trambitas and William Cooley as board members of the Ellwest Stereo Theater, Inc., 727 7th Street, New York, New York. Larry and Vesta Trambitas are the directors of the Ellwest Stereo Theaters, Inc. of Texas, 310 Main Street, Ft. Worth, Texas. Larry, Vesta and Valerie Trambitas are officers of the Ellwest Stereo Theaters, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida.