Out of order: DCSO shuts down game rooms

By Roger Cowan 

Yorktown News-View

Thursday evening, while most folks sat down to enjoy dinner, members of the DeWitt County Sheriffs Office were hard at work.

That evening, Sheriff Carl Bowen and several deputies busted two Yorktown gamerooms for illegal gambling. One located just south of Main Street on Riedel, and the other just north of Yorktown where State Highway 119 and Farm-to-Market 108 meet. News-View readers may remember that just a few months ago, the same location north of town was busted for the same type of operation, but with different person involved. Showing his humorous side, Sheriff Bowen posted an “Out of Order” outside of the Riedel Street location.

At the Riedel location, 35 machines were seized along with $8300 in cash, and two subjects were placed into custody. North of town, an additional 50 machines were seized along with $4700 in cash, and one person was arrested.

Celia Orosco of Runge and Alicia Tovar Nunez of Sinton were each charged with Possession of Gambling Device/Equipment/Paraphanelia, Gambling Promotion, and Keeping a Gambling Place in relation to the operations. Edward Lynn “Buddy” Sanford of Yorktown, owner of both properties, was charged with two counts of Keeping a Gambling Place in relation to both locations. 

As of Friday, all three subjects were additionally charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. 

Acting upon additional information, a search warrant was obtained for a property adjacent to the Reidel Street operation. There, Sheriff Bowen found an additional 27 gaming machines ehich were also seized.

The News-View will update this story as more information becomes available.

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