Emergency Press Conference: Country Crossing Raid?

Rumors have been flying all week concerning a suspected raid on Country Crossing by Alabama Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling. It's being compared to the raid on the White Hall Gaming and Entertainment Facility.

Late in the evening, viewers were calling in to the News 4 Newsroom to tell us that the 24-hour Country Crossing Hall had closed. Reportedly, a voice over an intercom asked everyone to leave. Some even reported seeing semi-trucks line-up along 231.

This prompted the Houston County Commission to hold an emergency press conference. Houston County officials assured the public that they have done everything necessary to make sure the facility and machines are legal.

At the conference, Commission Chairman Mark Culver also said a temporary restraining order had been filed.

To see the entire conference and learn more click the video attached link.

Of course, News 4 will continue to follow this developing story with live coverage on News 4 This Morning at 5 am.


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  • by Tim Location: N. Florida on Jan 8, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    Althought I live in Northwest Fl. and many of you will say this is none of my business, I would like to comment on a statement by one of your county commissioners. He stated along with many other things in favor of Country Crossing, that " the good it brings, out-ways the bad." The "good" I think he is talking about is jobs, and the "bad"is gambling and the tendency for people to become addicted. His motives about the "good" are notable, jobs and the 1.6 million to his county, but he by his own words admmitted the "bad." Gambling, an act or undertaking involving risk of a loss. Anytime risk or loss is involved we must always ask this prevenient question, does the good out-way the bad? When it comes to medical issues that involve life or death, like treating cancer with chemotherapy which can have some very "bad" side effects, but in turn kills rapidly dividing cancer cells which is "good". The choice is obvious, but when jobs and revenue are created at the risk and loss of others,"bad"
  • by REM on Jan 8, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    I believe the only thing that should be considered illegal in this whole situation is the fact that BOB RILEY is trying to put well over a thousand people out of work in this struggling economy, one of which happens to be my daughter, a single mom with two children. Not to mention his task force planned to raid the place with machine guns. I pray if he succeeds with this ludicrous and obviously personal vendetta of his, no one gets hurt or worse yet, killed. You'd think with all the other serious issues Alabama is having to deal with at this time, he'd find something far more important to do with hard working tax payer dollars. Oh, I forgot, he is doing something else with the tax payer dollars, going to the Rose Bowl. Hope you enjoyed it Riley, while my daughter and all of her co workers have to worry if you will succeed in putting them back in the unemployment line. Hope you were able to snag a deer on that hunting trip that you combined with that ballgame. At least you'll have food.
  • by REM on Jan 8, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    Stan Pate is the person responsible for the banner. Ronnie gilley had nothing to do with it. So many of our politicians are the very reason this country is in the financial ruin that it is in today. If more of us joined together to voice our opinions, negative or otherwise, perhaps we the people could take back our country from all these so called leaders, who for the most part, could care less if our families have food on the table are not, so long as they're staying rich off the backs of the hard working tax payers. I'm just plain tired of dirty politics. And I do wish someone could tell me why Riley hasn't taken his task force to VictoryLand. They also have bingo machines and has apparently had them somewhere in the neighborhood of eight years. Not to mention, dog racing is also gambling.I've known Ronnie Gilley for most of my life, and you won't find a more caring and giving man. Ronnie Gilley has been helping the less fortunate long before CC was even a thought in his bright mind.
  • by JOANN Location: OZARK on Jan 8, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    THIS IS WRONG, WHY IS THE GOVENOR ONLY GOING AFTER EVERYONE BUT VICTORYLAND AND INDIAN CASINO'S.THE PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO DO AND GO WERE THEY CHOOSE. COUNTRY CROSSINGS WILL HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, PEOPLE THAT DON'T WANT TO GO TO THE PAVILLION CAN DO SOMETHING ELSE ONCE IT IS COMPLETED. THERE WILL BE SINGERS THERE EVERY WEEKEND AND TERE AR NICE RESTARANTS AND LATER THERE WILL BE THINGS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO DO. RILEY NEEDS TO STOP THIS CRAZY JUNK BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT IN ONE OF HIS RAIDS. HE CAN KISS HIS POLITICAL CAREER GOODBYE. WHOM EVER PAID FOR THE BANNER AT THE BALLGAME, GOOD FOR HIM, NOW THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS ABOUT OUR GOVENOR.
  • by J.W. on Jan 7, 2010 at 09:11 PM
    I am not one to gamble my money away, however, if all of you are THAT concerned about the education system, I hope you are all doing your own part as parents. It's so easy to say that having gambling will help out our education system, but shouldn't you be doing your part at home? How many of you are actually involved in your children's education? What exactly do you do to help your children learn? Hmm, when it comes down to it, this really has nothing to do with you wanting to better your children's education and future. What you really want is to be able to make a quick buck by gambling your money away. Instead, if you really are concerned about their education, try putting that money you are about to waste into a college fund! So yeah, if you REALLY want your child to get a good education, try putting it TOWARDS their education! But, you know, I'm sure you'll just all keep throwing your money away.
  • by Stella Location: Hartford on Jan 7, 2010 at 08:17 PM
    I am tired of hearing the negative talk about our governor. Personally, I don't trust Ronnie Gilley. But, I don't go around publically blasting the moron. I am not fond of our President, but I don't go around carrying a sign wanting to impeach him. And shame on you, Channel 4 for being so biased on the whole thing.
  • by REM Location: Florida on Jan 7, 2010 at 02:41 PM
    JUDGE NOT LEAST YOU BE JUDGED! It's going to be real nice come judgement day when almighty God points his finger at who the REAL HYPOCRITES are! I'm so sick of self-rightous so-called christians who are so easy to point a finger at people they don't even know. Only God knows the heart of any individual. And the last time I looked Taylor Swift & Kid Rock along with many of the other stars Ronnie Gilley has brought to Alabama are still rocking the charts. And as far as 'WHERE ARE THE RESULTS' give me a break, they've only been opened a little over a month, What do you expect? I'd say 1.7 million dollars is a pretty good start. If the no good governor of Alabama will quit trying to set his own rules and laws maybe you will get a chance to see even more results. You need to listen to Mark Culver again. Obviously you missed something.
  • by JOHN Location: Damascus on Jan 7, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    Shut down Country Crossing
  • by Virginia Location: Dothan, Al on Jan 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM
    I only have two questions. I'll keep it short and not-so-sweet. Why doesn't our illustrious governor clean out his own back yard...VictoryLand...before he tries to clean out ours? Why is he so opposed to Ronnie Gilley and associates? Is it because they haven't and won't add more "fat" to his already "greasy palms"! There is a whole lot of folks that were born at night in this area...but not last night! Slow we may be...Stupid we are not!
  • by George Location: Blakley on Jan 7, 2010 at 11:17 AM
    These "COUNTRY MUSIC STARS" most of whom are over the hill have made MILLIONS,upon MILLIONS,upon MILLIONS of DOLLARS off mostly SOUTHERN people of modest means. Now that their careers have started to wain, these "ICONS of Country Music" have turned to GAMBLING to fleece SOUTHERNERS of modest means. SHAME on Them. Any of these people have ever professed to have SOUTHERN or RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES are HYPOCRITES.
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