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Bookie-Barber Gets 6 Months, $100 Fine

Court Suspends Prison Term


Barber Raymond Colucci paid a $100 fiine and received a six-months sentence--suspended for 12 months--yesterday morning in Third District Court. The fine was for "setting up and promoting a lottery" (the numbers pools); the sentence to a house of correction was imposed for "registering a bet on the speed of a horse."

Colucci, who was arrested Tuesday in his basement barber shop at the corner of Holyoke and Mt. Auburn Streets, entered a plea of not guilty; but he submitted to the finding of guilty returned by the court yesterday.

Both Police Chief John R. King and Crime Prevention chief Captain Thomas J. Stokes yesterday expressed extreme satisfaction with the disposition of the case. Stokes termed the suspended sentence preferable to committal to prison, since it remains hanging over Colucci's head for a year and can be put into effect at the court's discretion if he is arrested again on similar charges.

Donies Aid of Decoy

Chief King praised the work of Captain Stokes' Crime Prevention Bureau in handling this case, and denied statements attributed to him in the Boston press that a decoy had been used in the raid.

"I can guarantee we do more in this than in any other city in the state," King said. "Look around and see if any city this size is as clean as Cambridge. We don't even allow penny sales or raffles of an illegal nature by churches."

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