Daily Archives: May 3, 2021

A Brief Look at Crime 04/26 – 05/02

Illegal Gambling Device Central In PA Murder As Calls For Regulation Grow Louder

An illegal gambling device at a Northeast Pennsylvania convenience store in Hazelton was connected to a clerk’s murder on Dec. 12, 2020. Video poker devices, classified as slot machines, are only legal in PA casinos. Meanwhile, how many illegal gambling devices are in play beyond PA casinos’ walls is impossible to track. But those machines now clearly outnumber legal machines. Regulated casino slot and video poker machines number 24,000. Truck stop video gaming terminals, or VGTs account for another 240 machines.

Peter Shelly of the casino industry group Pennsylvanians Against Illegal Gambling (PAIG) said, “Illegal gambling is getting out of hand, and we are seeing the results around the state: more crime.” Shelly continued:  “The shooting in Hazleton was horrific and the (Luzerne County)  District Attorney made it very clear that the defendant robbed that store because of that illegal machine. He had played the illegal machine and knew they kept cash behind the counter.”

The NJ Sports Betting Regulator Just Fine DraftKings

DraftKings is getting an invoice in penalty from the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) over self-exclusion failings. The sportsbook has been ordered to pay a $10,000 civil penalty for sending “promotional mailings” to 11 self-excluded individuals, the DGE announced Wednesday. That’s in violation of New Jersey sports betting regulations, specifically N.J.A.C. 13:69G-2.4(b)1. The order was dated March 18, although only made public this week. What did DraftKings say? DraftKings acknowledged the error in a statement.

Violence Continues as Man Stabbed in Fight at Las Vegas Strip Casino

Police late Thursday continued to investigate an early morning stabbing at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. One man was stabbed during a fight involving several males at the luxury hotel-casino on the resort corridor. The Cosmopolitan towers over the older Jockey Club on the west side of the Strip, just south of the Bellagio Las Vegas. The stabbing at the Cosmopolitan is one of several violent incidents on or near the Strip since the beginning of the year.

In January, a man was shot outside the Venetian Resort on the east side of the Strip. The Venetian is located where the now-demolished Sands hotel-casino once stood. Also in January, Metro was called early one morning to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino parking lot. The Rio is just west of the Strip, behind Caesars Palace. Police discovered a man in the Rio parking lot, suffering from several gunshot wounds. The man was hospitalized in critical condition. After multiple surgeries, he has survived, the newspaper reported. One man was arrested in the incident.

In February, a man was hospitalized after being stabbed in the neck in a domestic dispute near Grand Bazaar Shops. A woman was taken into custody. The shops are at the front of Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on the east side of the Strip. “An argument ensued that turned physical when the male assaulted the female,” Metro Lt. David Gordon said at the time. In another recent violent incident, a 57-year-old retired Connecticut State Police Trooper died after a man punched him in a fight near the Strip and Flamingo Road. A suspect was arrested a short time later.

Engineer embezzled £80,000 from employer to fund out-of-control gambling problem

An engineer has been jailed after embezzling more than £80,000 from his employer to fund his gambling addiction. Darren Morrison took advantage of his role within InnServe Ltd, a firm  that specialises in beer and soft drinks dispense systems, and deliberately over-ordered parts and equipment, which he then sold as scrap metal. The 45-year-old over-ordered stock worth more than £80,000 between April 23 2017 and April 23 2019, and sold it for less than £13,500 to finance his addiction to gambling.

Doctor Accused of Gambling in Hard Rock Casino While Her Kids Sat Alone in Car

A South Florida doctor is facing charges after authorities say she left her two kids alone in a running car while she was gambling in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood. Marieny Elena Guimera-Revelo, 43, was arrested by Seminole Police Sunday on two counts of child neglect without great bodily harm, Broward County jail records showed. Guimera-Revelo appeared in bond court Monday, where prosecutors said she allegedly left the two children unattended in a running car with the doors locked for about an hour. “The court just has a lot of concerns for the wellbeing and safety of these children, that they could have easily been taken by somebody with a running car, with the keys in the car,” Blackmon said. Guimera-Revelo’s attorney said she has no arrest record and has been practicing general medicine for the past six years. Blackmon ordered Guimera-Revelo held on $10,000 bond on each count, and ordered her not to have contact with her children.

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