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Of the 22 people arrested, one, A. The couple had two previous robbery attempts and were known to carry large sums of cash. He was convicted of exhibiting gambling devices.


Riley contends the slot machine look-alikes are illegal and the constitutional amendments were intended to authorize card and paper bingo games. Lawyers and spokesmen for Country Crossing called Friday's attempted raid "trespassing. Friday with the intention of seizing electronic bingo machines.

The task force did not have a search warrant at either casino. Country Crossing in Dothan still was closed Friday evening, with state troopers remaining nearby in case the facility reopened. Country Crossing managers closed the county-music themed facility and chained the doors about 2 a.

VictoryLand employees estimated that more than officers were involved in that operation, while Country Crossing officials told The Associated Press that at gambling raid in tuscaloosa troopers showed up in their parking lot. By about 9 a.

The force had targeted VictoryLand as the site of a potential raid but was unable to get a circuit judge to issue a search warrant.

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Bob Riley's gambling task force directed state troopers to raid two bingo casinos before dawn Friday, but the task force was stymied by legal maneuvering that sent both sides scrambling to court. Bingo operators contend the electronic machines are legal under local constitutional amendments allowing charity bingo.

Troopers asked the or so patrons inside to leave and stood guard around the lobby. Ironically, Worthy met with the same fate as the previous owner of the gambling establishment on Alabama Robbery could very well have been the motive.

Second, obey the law.

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VictoryLand, which employs about 2, people, provides needed jobs and tax revenue in the gambling raid in tuscaloosa depressed county, former state Sen. July 11, at You see the locks on the doors, so if they break in there, as far as I'm concerned they're burglars," Matthews told The Dothan Eagle.

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He said he considered the raid there to be a success because the facility closed. It attempted to serve a search warrant at Country Crossing earlier this month, but the raid was prevented by a temporary restraining order.

Third, shut down any machines that exist anywhere in the state of Alabama. The law enforcement officers left empty-handed hours later after the issuance of a restraining order free slots total rewards VictoryLand and accusations of trespassing at Country Crossing. In an apparent attempt to conceal the evidence, the rental house was set ablaze.

Along with state troopers, about 10 tractor-trailer trucks intended to haul away bingo machines rolled into the VictoryLand parking lot before dawn.

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Here we are again, with state troopers sent to Macon County to shut down our economic engine," Clay said. Foiled on warrants The task force's aggressive approach came after previous unsuccessful attempts to serve search warrants at the two casinos. VictoryLand had reopened by about 8 a.

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A six-month sentence of hard labor for the county was suspended twice. Worthy, admitted running the operation.

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A friend said that Worthy had made his living gambling for more than 40 years, but more recently had made money in real estate. Troopers left VictoryLand about two hours later and the facility immediately reopened. The raid was stopped by a temporary restraining order.

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Neither Riley's press office nor state troopers would confirm the number of troopers sent to the two casinos. The Alabama Supreme Court could begin reviewing arguments over the attempted raid at VictoryLand by midweek, after lawyers file documents in the case Monday and Tuesday.

Lawyer Fred Gray, who represents VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor, met Tyson at the facility with a draft of a legal complaint contending the task force was acting improperly.