Ohio (Cleveland)

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Four
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4
The major pornographer in the Cleveland area is Reuben Sturman, owner of the Sovereign News Company there. He is considered to be-the largest distributor in the nation. He, six of his employees and the corporation were indicted in March 1976 in 29 counts for violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Sections 1461, 1462, and 1465 (interstate transportation and distribution of obscene magazines and films). Despite the indictment, Sturman continues to trans port pornography throughout the United States and the world.

Sovereign News Company operates under a large number of corporate names. It obtains various printed material by ordering it from a supplier or having it printed. The ordering is done in the name of Sovereign News or one of its wholly-owned corporations. It has nationwide operations which appear to be closely allied with organized crime figures in certain areas.

The pornographic material is then sold to one of several distributors throughout the United States, which are usually wholly owned subsidiaries of Sovereign News. The material is then sold to the distributors to various retail outlets, usually wholly-owned by the distributors.

Sovereign News is reportedly deeply into the "peep show" machine business. It furnishes the machines and films on a percentage basis to various locations. Sturman has attempted in particular to take over control of the peep show outlets in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. During a search of Sovereign News Company in March 1975, it was determined that the company controls distribution of pornographic magazines and 8mm films in Buffalo; Camden, New Jersey; Pittsburgh; Denver, and other major cities. It was also determined that Sturman received much of his material from Star Distributors in New York. A partial list of companies believed to be subsidiaries. of Sovereign News follows:

Sun Dial Distributing Co.
2650 West Second Avenue
Denver,Colorado
Manager: Joseph Coulter
Director & president: Theodore A. Pintepiece

Noble News Company
7803 Pulaski Highway
Baltimore, Maryland
Manager, Herman Weiss
Directors: Melvin Famins
Samuel Joseph
Maurice Escott

Crown News
1171 Chestnut Street
Camden, New Jersey
Corporate officer: Morton A. Goss

Capitol News Company
3400 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
Corporate Officers: Stanley D. Seidler
Evelyn Seidler
Dick Brown
William J. Bowe
Jarard Carlin

New England News Company
215 A. Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Corporate officers: Neil Traynor
Gary Rosenthal

Royal News Company
30024 Beverly Road
Romulus, Michigan
Manager, Richard Little
Statutory Agent: Reuben Sturman

Castle News Company
4551 North 125th Street
Butler, Wisconsin
Manager: Paul Bubrick

Imperial News Company
35 Main Street
Depew, New York
Manager: Frank Potwora Majestic News Company
922 West Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Manager: Greg Kocan

Discount News Company
1975 East 65th Street
Cleveland, Ohio
Manager: Bernie Wyman

Candor in Love Institute
Post Office Box 6116
Cleveland, Ohio
Possible Owner: Reuben Sturman

Most of the companies listed have been discussed in detail in previous sections of the report under the state in which they are located. In each instance, the company has been one of the major dealers in pornography in that state. This is a further indication of Sturman's importance in the pornography field.

Sundial Distributing Company in Denver is recognized on the local and Federal level as being the principal distributor and Wholesaler, in the Denver area. It was the subject of an extensive investigation for several years, especially during 1976. The company was traced to Pacific Book Shop, Inc., in ;ailmington, Delaware, which had filed application as a foreign corporation to do business in Colorado under Sundial Distritutors, Inc. It was determined that Sundial Distributing Company is a wholly owned corporate subsidiary of Sovereign News Company.

The primary distributor of hard-core pornographic material in Wisconsin is Castle News Company, Inc., Butler, Wisconsin. Castle News directly controls at least 13 retail outlets in Wisconsin and Illinois and also distributes to dozens of other retail out lets in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. Minnesota is looked upon as a new market for Castle News, and some materials are said to be already arriving there from the Wisconsin Company. Reuben Sturman is the sole owner of Castle News. Paula Bubrick, the agency manager, is assisted by Anthony J. Bucciarecci and Joseph A. Bertucci, who are officers of the company. Pornographic materials are received directly from publishing• firms on the West Coast or from the Sovereign News warehouse in Cleveland.

Two men identified as being associated with Sovereign News, Ralph Leon Levine and Jack Lee Marcum, are principals in operating the Talk of the Town Bookstore and the Peekarama Movie Arcade businesses in Las Vegas. Both men are from Cleveland. There are five adult oriented businesses in Las Vegas and two in Reno that are directly controlled by Levine. All are considered to be associated with Sovereign News. Also in Las Vegas, Jack Tuppler moved in with hard-core pornography forming his owr retail businesses to market his goods. He gets all of th, financing for setting up these businesses from Sturman.

Between August 1976 and January 1977, five adult bookstore in Des Moines, Iowa, were purchased by a Delaware based corporation named Castle News, Inc. It was determined through local authorities in Cleveland and Cincinnati that these stores were purchased for Sturman by Alan I. Goelman, Management Service Company, Cleveland. He is supposedly the pornographic contact for Sturman.

It has been reported that one of the major sources of pornographic material for the Dallas area is Sovereign News Company. Also information has been received that Samuel Joseph, representing Sturman, has been contacting bookstores in Houston, trying to sell hard-core pornography. William A. Gaulson, owner of the Starbase Publishing Company in Houston, is said to get most of his films from California and Cleveland.

Sturman is also allegedly involved in distribution of illegally imported-hard-core films. The film "Sensations", imported through Texas, was produced in Europe by Alberto Ferro aka Lasse Braun, a known associate of Sturman. This film was distributed nationally by Sturman.

Sturman is allegedly responsible for the publication "Lolly Tots", a pornographic magazine featuring children. He is also allegedly involved in producing stag films featuring children that are distributed by Parliament News in California, one of the largest distributors of this type of pornographic material.