Country Crossing developer, lawyer react to federal judge’s decision

By Bob Howell – WSFA12 New Anchor –  Montgomery, AL An attorney representing economic development in Houston County and  the developer of Country Crossing entertainment venue react to Federal Judge Myron Thompson’s refusal to hear a request for a restraining order to stop Illegal Gambling Task Force raid.  Here’s the full statement. _____________________ Statement from [...]

Judge refuses to stop Country Crossing raid; Tyson responds

  By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor, Montgomery, AL Here’s the latest on the legal battle over bingo…the rejection of Country Crossing’s request for  restraining order from a federal judge here in Montgomery:   (AP) Montgomery, Al – A federal judge has refused to block a raid on the Country Crossing bingo hall [...]

McGregor Attorney: “Come Join Us.”

Birmingham attorney J. Mark White echoes his client, Milton McGregor’s commercial, saying “come join us.” White says the legal brouhaha brought on by the Governor’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling is bogus. “They know Victoryland is legal…. they understand the only way to come in and take the equipment is for them to act in [...]

Let’s talk gambling…in Alabama

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor – Montgomery, AL Here in the WSFA 12 Newsroom, we got the first hint that something was up at Victoryland/Quincy’s 777 early on the evening of Thursday January 29th.  A raid on the state’s largest bingo operation?  Nah.  The Illegal Gambling Task Force had its Supreme Court test case [...]

View Gambling Task Force Commander’s news conference on raids

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor Montgomery, AL Illegal Gambling Task Force Commander, John Tyson spoke to reporters this morning about the attempted raids at Victoryland and Country Crossing.  Click here to watch WSFA 12 News coverage of  his news conference.

Dothan D.A. talks about attempted raid on Country Crossing

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor, Montgomery, AL Here’s a new article from the Dothan Eagle newspaper with reaction from the Houston County District Attorney, Doug Valeska.   The D.A. says he’s been the target of “nasty” letters and phone calls because of his inaction on the governor’s Illegal Gambling Task Force’s attempts to [...]

Gambling Task Force raids Victoryland, Country Crossing

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor, Montgomery, AL Here is our web story on the raid by the governor’s Illegal Gambling Task Force: SHORTER & DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Governor Riley’s anti-gambling task force organized gambling raids on two big entertainment centers in South Alabama early Friday morning. State troopers moved into Victoryland gaming center [...]

Cong. Artur Davis: Raiding Country Crossing “wrong approach”

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor, Montgomery, AL Congressman Artus Davis comments on the possibility of a raid on the Country Crossing entertainment venue in Dothan: ___________________________      “Raiding gaming facilities in the middle of the night means that thousands of Houston County residents would wake up unemployed the next morning.   That’s the [...]

Alabama Dems: “Riley usurping local authority and the Constitution.”

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor, Montgomery, AL State Democrats blast Riley’s “anti-gambling push” in Dothan. Here’s the party’s statement: _______________ Dothan, AL – The Chair of the Houston County Democratic Party today has called on Houston County citizens of all political stripes to rise up against Governor Riley’s attempt to shut down [...]

Houston County DA “withdraws invitation” to Gambling Task Force

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor, Montgomery, AL ______________________ Hold the phone!  There’s been yet ANOTHER development in the bingo battle in southeast Alabama.  Tonight, WSFA 12 News obtained a copy of a letter faxed to Governor Bob Riley from Houston County District Attorney Doug Valeska.  The DA had asked the governor for [...]