When four local mobsters were indicted on charges of federal racketeering and extortion last week, law enforcements officials and those in the know when it comes to organized crime were surprised to see that Robert “Bobby” DeLuca was not involved. DeLuca, who became a full member of the New England La Cosa Nostra mob family in 1989, has been an important member of the group for nearly 30 years. But now, some suspect him of having switched sides and believe he is working with the government as an informant, which would put him in great danger. DeLuca left his home in North Providence this summer and has not been seen in the area since. And if he’s anything like another local Cosa Nostra, he won’t be coming back anytime soon.
With 12,000 people expected to attend Monday’s full-day Get Motivated business seminar at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, the director of the Providence Emergency Management Agency was justified in his prediction of a “tsunami” of cars that would have to compete for few available parking spots. The city encouraged carpooling and even delayed the opening of schools by two hours to ensure minimal disruption but as it turned out, there have been no significant traffic jams or parking problems so far. The event is scheduled to end at 4:45 this afternoon so if you venture downtown around then, expect more cars and crowds than usual.