Troopers visit to Greenetrack stopped by judge

EUTAW, Ala. (AP) - A judge has blocked efforts by Alabama state
troopers to inspect the electronic bingo machines at Greenetrack in

Several troopers, led by Public Safety Director Christopher Murphy, went to Greenetrack late Friday afternoon to inspect machines.

The leader of the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling, John Tyson, says they were stopped by an order from Circuit Judge Eddie Hardaway Jr. Tyson, who was not with the troopers, says he will appeal the order to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Greenetrack has remained open despite pressure from the governor's task force to close.

The visit Friday came hours after Gov. Bob Riley appointed a new sheriff for the west Alabama county.

Riley chose George Cook, a law enforcement agent with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, to replace Sheriff Ison Thomas, who died April 3 of cancer.

Thomas had warned the task force it would not be welcome in the county, but the action Friday was without incident.

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

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