casino raid

Casino Raid-Trial
11:47 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Casino Seeks To Break AG's Winning Streak

VictoryLand casino is trying to break the attorney general's winning streak in a series of cases involving gambling machines seized in raids.
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 VictoryLand casino is trying to break the attorney general's winning streak in a series of cases involving gambling machines seized in raids.

A four-day trial ended Friday involving the legality of 1,600 gambling machines the attorney general seized from VictoryLand in Macon County last year. Circuit Judge William Shashy will rule in a few weeks.

The outcome will determine whether VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor can reopen what was once Alabama's largest casino or whether the attorney general can destroy the machines.

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Casino Raid
4:31 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Alabama AG Gets New Expert For Casino Trial

Attorney General Luther Strange's office notified a Montgomery judge that it will use former FBI agent Bill Holmes of Annandale, Virginia, to testify in a trial involving VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

Alabama's attorney general has selected a new gambling expert to replace one who died.

Attorney General Luther Strange's office notified a Montgomery judge that it will use former FBI agent Bill Holmes of Annandale, Virginia, to testify in a trial involving VictoryLand casino in Shorter. Holmes spent 20 years with the FBI, mostly working on gambling cases.

The attorney general's office had used New Jersey gambling expert Bob Sertell as an expert witness for more than a decade, but he died May 6.

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Gambling Machines Seized
4:17 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Gambling Machines Seized In Greene County

Alabama's attorney general says law enforcement agents have seized more than 1,000 gambling machines and cash from casinos in Greene County.
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Alabama's attorney general says law enforcement agents have seized more than 1,000 gambling machines and cash from casinos in Greene County.

Attorney General Luther Strange said in a news release that the seizures came as law enforcement agents served search warrants at four casinos. He said the action came in response to allegations of illegal gambling operations.

The search warrants were served Monday morning at Greenetrack and Greene Charity in Eutaw, Ala., and at Frontier Bingo and River's Edge in Knoxville, Ala.

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Casino Raid
4:38 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Ala. Judge Must Step Aside In Casino Raid Case

The Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a Macon County judge to step aside from a case involving the state attorney general's seizure of electronic gambling machines from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.
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The Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a Macon County judge to step aside from a case involving the state attorney general's seizure of electronic gambling machines from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

The court ruled Friday on a request by Attorney General Luther Strange to have Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young step aside. Young has initially refused to give the attorney general a search warrant for the raid in February, but did so reluctantly after being ordered by the Supreme Court.

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VictoryLand Reopening
4:26 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

VictoryLand Reopening Simulcast Race Wagering

VictoryLand in Shorter will resume betting on simulcast horse and dog races on Friday.
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VictoryLand in Shorter will resume betting on simulcast horse and dog races on Friday.


Owner Milton McGregor said the simulcast operation will open at 10:30 a.m. and wagering will start at 11 a.m.


The entire VictoryLand operation has been closed since the state attorney general raided its casino Feb. 19. The casino remains closed. McGregor said he's happy to put some of the employees back to work in the simulcast operation. He said the simulcast races will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays.

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Casino Raid
9:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Alabama Gambling Machines To Be Destroyed

Electronic bingo machines in the 2009 raid of White Hall Entertaiment Complex in Lowndes County can be destroyed.
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A judge has ruled that the state attorney general's office can destroy the gambling machines seized in Alabama's first casino raid in 2009.

Circuit Judge Bob Vance ruled Monday after American Gaming Systems, Eclipse Gaming, Bally Gaming and Nova Gaming said they no longer wanted the machines because they are outdated. Former Gov. Bob Riley's gambling task force seized about 100 machines from White Hall Entertainment Center in Lowndes County on March 19, 2009.

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Casino Raid Money
5:14 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Ala. General Fund Getting Money From Casino Raid

The nearly $550,000 comes from a raid at the White Hall Entertainment Center in March 2009.
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The state's troubled General Fund is getting nearly $550,000 from a raid on a gambling hall in Lowndes County.

Attorney General Luther Strange's office announced that Circuit Judge Robert Vance approved the forfeiture of the money to state.

Alabama's gambling task force seized the money during a raid on electronic bingo machines at the White Hall Entertainment Center in March 2009. The operators, Cornerstone Community Outreach and Freedom Trail Ventures, recently agreed to forfeit the $549,981. The judge approved it in a one-paragraph order Tuesday.

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