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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Changes being sought in Bingo Law
- Suspects sought in Jacksonville Robbery
- Suspects indicted in childs death
Changes being sought in Bingo Law
Are bingo operations in Calhoun County operating
for charity or more for personal profit. That is a question that
members of the Calhoun County Bingo Regulatory Commission say they
cannot answer with certainty. In February bingo operators, led by
Rick Taylor with Sweepstakes International which owns the Bingo Palace
in Piedmont, called for the resignation of Commission Chairman Larry
Sylvester saying he overstepped his authority when he obtained a
subpoena from the district attorneys office to investigate the
Piedmont operation. Sylvester’s action came after complaints and
concerns raised about the Piedmont operation. Wednesday Sylvester
offered his resignation but it was not accepted on a 3 to 2 vote of
the board. Sylvester said that the commissions primary responsibility
is to insure that the operators are following the law and paying 10%
of their profits to charity. According to the Bingo Commissions
records, the Piedmont operation reported 2.73 million dollars in gross
proceeds last year, and after expenses, they reported paying only
$250,000 to charity. Calhoun counties legislative delegation is
studying the issue after a meeting with Sylvester, the district
attorney and the sheriff. Sylvester said a major problem is the
commission is charged with overseeing the operators but with no
resources to do so.
sought in Jacksonville robbery
Jacksonville Police are seeking a suspect who
robbed a man and a woman at gunpoint in a residential area of the city
early Wednesday morning. Investigators said the two 19-year-old
victims were walking to a residence in the 1400 block of Mountain
Street Northeast when they were approached by four men wearing masks.
Several of the men had handguns and demanded
The robbers took the woman’s purse, wallet and
cell phone and the man’s wallet then struck the male victim in the
head with the grip of a gun, police said he was not seriously injured.
The robbers then fled in a car but dropped one of
their guns, which was re-covered by Jacksonville police.
Police recovered the car used to escape Wednesday
Jacksonville police urge anyone with information
to call 435-6448.
Suspects indicted in childs death
The mother of
a 5-year-old boy and her boyfriend were served capital murder warrants
Wednesday after an Etowah County Grand Jury indicted them in
connection with the five year olds murder. 31 year old Kevin André
Towles, was served the warrants at the Shelby County Detention
Center, where he is being held by U.S. marshals on a federal weapons
charge. 25 year old Shalinda Glass, was served the warrants at the
Etowah County Detention Center. No bond was set for either suspect.
Glass and Towles are charged with the December beating death of
Geontae Glass. The child became the focus of a search across much of
the state on Dec. 4 after his mother reported her car was stolen with
Geontae asleep in the back seat when she went inside an Albertville
convenience store just after 6 a.m. with her 7-year-old daughter.
Investigators say Geontae already was dead - and buckled in the car's
back seat - and the theft of the car was staged as part of a plan to
cover up his death.
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