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Etowah County authorities raid Rainbow City business, seize suspected bingo machines (... Page 1 of 1
Etowah County authorities raid Rainbow City business, seizesuspected bingo machines (updated)
William Thornton I wthornton@al.com
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on June 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM, updated June 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM
GADSDEN, Alabama -- Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin said his
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Entrekin said the raid happened at 1 p.m. at Center Stage in Rainbow City, 206
Rescia Avenue. Investigators also arrested one person, who faces two
misdemeanor charges - one count of promoting gambling, and one count of
possession of a gambling machine. The person was later released from the Etowah County Detention Centeron $2,000 bond.
Undercover law enforcement officers went into the facility to verify the playing of the machines, said
Department Spokeswoman Natalie Barton.
"We have worked hard, along with other law enforcement agencies, to enforce Alabama laws that stateelectronic gambling devices are illegal," Entrekin said in a statement. "And until those laws are changed, wewill continue to do so."Just yesterday, Entrekin turned down a request for an electronic bingo permit for CBS Supply, the developerof a proposed $200 million bingo development in the county. Entrekin said the machines came close to beinglegal, but he would not issue the permit.
For more details on the CBS Supply decision,
read this Gadsden Times article.
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Etowah County Sheriff
epartment raided a Rainbow City business this afternoon and seized two
Todd Entrekin.
uspected electronic bingo machines.
(Special/Etowah CountySheriffs Office)
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Etowah County Sheriffs Office
Friday June 28th 2013 • 05:29 p.m. CDT
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investigators seized two electronic
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"Michelle Regina Garbe, 51, of Gadsden, was arrested and charged today with one count of
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Sheriffs Office investigators seized the machines from Center Stage, located at 206 ResciaAvenue, Rainbow City, at 1:00 p.m. today.Undercover law enforcement officers went into the facility to verify the playing of thegambling devices."As a 30 year law enforcement officer in Etowah County, we've always arrested andprosecuted anyone who brings illegal electronic gambling machines in the county," SheriffEntrekin said. "We have worked hard, along with other law enforcement agencies, to enforceAlabama laws that state electronic gambling devices are illegal. And until those laws arechanged, we will continue to do so."Garbe was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center and later released on $2,000
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Bingo machines seized, woman arrested
By An y PowellTimes Staff Writer
Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.
Two electronic bingo machines were seizedFriday at Center Stage in Rainbow City and aGadsden woman was arrested on misdemeanorcharges, according to Etowah County SheriffTodd EntrekinSheriff's office investigators seized the machinesfrom Center Stage, at 1 p.m., according to anews release from the sheriffs office.Undercover law enforcement officers twice wentinto the facility to verify the playing of the
gambling devices.Michelle Regina Garbe, 51, was charged with
ichelle Regina Garbe
one count of promoting gambling and one countof possession of a gambling device.Entrekin said he believes, but could not say for certain, the machines seized were thesame ones that CBS Supply, which hopes to bring electronic bingo to Etowah County,had tested by Gaming Laboratories International to see if they met state and localrequirements for bingo.Entrekin earlier this week turned down a request from CBS for an electronic bingolicense, saying he did not think the machines played traditional bingo.CBS Supply, the developer of a proposed $200 million bingo development in thecounty, had submitted a report from GLI. It said the SilverLine Systems machines,manufactured by Select Electronic Devices Inc., passed the standards governing legalbingo in Etowah County. Those standards include a six-point requirement set by theAlabama Supreme Court as to what constitutes legal bingo in the state.CBS Supply in a press release said Entrekin's own expert said the machines complywith the law, and the sheriff "has a duty to permit CBSs games and allow it todevelop this huge economic development project for Etowah County."Entrekin said a license for paper bingo was issued Thursday to 13th Place at CenterStage. He said he was told a sign was displayed at Center Stage saying proceeds
would go to 13th Place.
He said Garbe asked for an attorney when she was interviewed by investigators andwould not answer questions.Garbe was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center and later released on
Garbe in a telephone interview would not confirm that she worked for CBS.Her attorney, Roy McCord Jr., in a telephone interview said that he and his daughter,Catherine McCord Bailey, have been retained to defend Garbe in criminalproceedings.

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