Raids May Happen Next Week

SHORTER, Ala. (AP) - Attempts to raid two multimillion-dollar
Alabama bingo operations appear to have been put on hold till next
week.

The Alabama Supreme Court said Friday it will receive arguments
on the planned raid at VictoryLand in Shorter on Monday and
Tuesday. And a Conecuh County judge said it would be Monday before
he reviews a request for a search warrant to raid Country Crossing
in Dothan.

Gov. Bob Riley's antigambling task force had assembled more than
100 state police at both sites in the early morning Friday, but
those raids fizzled amid legal concerns.

Riley did win an Alabama Supreme Court ruling Friday that held
electronic bingo in Ashville to be illegal.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by april diehl Location: wicksburg on Jan 31, 2010 at 09:00 AM
    well joanne the last time i checked bingo is still gambling..the people of alabama need jobs and country crossing is offering them..i'm a single mother tryin to raise 3 boys and my job only hires part-time employees. i have been offered a job at country crossing but cant start til after this mess is over..i'm like most alabamains---i dont live off the systems or its taxpayers...i need the job at country crossing so i can feed, cloth and pay the medical expenses for my children being tat their father is an ALABAMA DEAD BEAT DAD and they cant find him to make him pay
  • by jd Location: dothan on Jan 30, 2010 at 10:23 PM
    Very few of the anti people seem to understand the government. There are 3 branches legislative makes law, the judicial interpretes law and punishes(enforces) while the executive does not, I repeat does not have the right or authority to create law on its own. As to the failed raids, all must realize that search without legitimate warrant is illegal and if our finest had followed an illegal order and committed an illegal raid they would be guilty of felonies theirselves. They are not required to follow orders they know are illegal. And if fired for not following an illegal order they can take the superiors to court , and file action under numerous federal laws. Violating the law by following an illegal order from a superior is both a state and federal violation. Bottom line is let the people vote to clear this all up, the county jumped through joops to make sure they were legal. So if you don't want to play electronic bingo, don't, ut let those who do want to , do so.
  • by MC Location: Enterprise on Jan 30, 2010 at 08:17 PM
    Personally I don't care if the casinos are open or not. I don't have the extra cash to spend at places like that because I'm a school teacher in the state of Alabama. This is also the reason that I think the amount of time and resources that are being put into this issue by our state officials is absurd! Proration is up to 24%, 3500 educators are at risk of losing their jobs, but Riley has enough in his budget to spend lord knows how much on troopers to worry about casino? One thing that everyone seems to forget is that the people we are so concerned about "blowing" their money on gambling are doing that already! The difference is their money is going to other states, but then still collecting money from our welfare system! At least this way money makes it into our state and possibly can relieve some pressure from our schools! Maybe gambling isn't the answer, but this waste of money isn't either!
  • by Debra Location: Daville ,alabama on Jan 30, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    They say gambling is when you put money into a machine and expect something back in return well isn't that what we do for vending machine sometimes we lose our money there also.gov. sayes he going to bring jobs to al. but they are at montmogery or north.What about the south this is a great idea and jobs will be plentiful. For some reason the gov. doesn't care for the south I approve of this lets vote. Gov what are you hideing you should hang your head in shame for not careing about your sate no more than that.You yourself go to casino's If people is going to gamble they will go anywhere they can, keep al money in al to help our state and our homeless, and people on medicare and medicaid, and those we know nothing about.Wake up gov. and be a gov for the people of alabama or take upself off the job. You should hang your head in shane.
  • by KAY Location: MOODY on Jan 30, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GAMBLE. WHY LOOSE THE MONEY TO ANOTHER STATE IF YOU ARE AGAINST GAMBLING DO GO BUT DONT DEPRIVE ALL THE SCHOOLS THE MONEY FROM TAXES WENT TO TUNICA WENT INTO THE TOWN AND SAW ALL THE NEW FACILITIES THAT THE GAMBLING TAX HAS DONE FOR ALL THE CHILDREN RAILY IS JUST TRYING TO SHOW HIS POWER ALL THE EMPLOYES OF CC SHOULD TAKE THEIR MONTLY BILL FOR HIM TO PAY WHY LET ALL THE INDIANS MAKE ALL THE MONEY
  • by karleene Location: geneva on Jan 30, 2010 at 03:46 PM
    I am not originally from this state but let me tell you all, when there is something that can BENEFIT you for whatever purpose,states usally do it! Now, i dont know i have been here for 25 years and riley i voted for you but now i am wondering why you wanted jobs,and all here REMEMBER? I do, and what is the really reason behind this JUST WHAY DOES MS> have on YOU,and WHY? thought you BELEIVED IN US
  • by Darlene Location: Bonifay on Jan 30, 2010 at 03:13 PM
    We also love going to Country Crossings. It is a nice change. Gov why not let the people decide if they want the Bingo machines. You are suppose to working for the people right? Make it happen......
  • by John Brown Location: Lawrenceville GA on Jan 30, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    Bob Roley is a simple minded jerk. hw nne to be inpeached. I have enjoyed my trips too country crossing. Also to shoter I.m am retired my wife and I moved to GA form caalif and New York, we both enjoyed the casino's in Vegas and Atlantic City NJ. After moving here we had too drive 6 hours to get to Biloxi, so shoter and Dothan Al is a blessing. Again get red pf Bob Riley/// Sinner's step foward and keep jobs in Shoter and Dothan. it is the christians that do not care about the people of the state
  • by RL Location: US NAVY Overseas on Jan 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    Bob Riley has lost his damn mind. Maybe he didn't know that Victoryland has been right next door to him for years. I still think it is a personal thing..he just does not like Ronnie Gilley. When is the next election??? Can't wait.
  • by Candace Location: Dothan on Jan 30, 2010 at 08:05 AM
    The ones to blame for people losing their jobs are the CC developers who knew the Bingo machines were/are illegal. They have total disregard for the law and because someone is trying to uphold the law, he gets blamed. I did not vote for Riley but approve of what he is doing. Gilley is not above the law like he seems to think. As for voting, didn't we already do that or do they want another vote thinking the outcome will change...it won't. They have had undercover agents in there already checking the machines. Laws are made for a reason. Blame Gilley and his followers for people losing their jobs. I hardly think CC is the answer to the unemployment problems within this state...which by the way are not the highest in the country or was not recorded as having the highest for the month of DEC. No one is above the law from the Governor down to CC, Gilley, Culver, etc.
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