Greene County Judge Removed

The Alabama Supreme Court has removed Greene County Circuit Judge Eddie Hardaway from the case involving the Greenetrack casino.  Governor Riley released the following statement: “No one is above the law and today’s ruling from the Supreme Court reaffirms this basic principle of our state and our nation.  By removing Judge Hardaway from this case, [...]

Bingo Standoff – No End in Sight

Milton McGregor’s electronic bingo casino is now open once again at Victoryland. A judge issued an injunction warning John Tyson, the head of the governor’s task force on illegal gambling, not to raid it. The judge says Tyson lacks any authority to conduct a raid. We have a similar situation at Greenetrack where the sheriff [...]

Clarification – McGregor closes Victoryland games for computer upgrades

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News, Montgomery, AL Clarification on an earlier post: Victoryland owner Milton McGregor asked for a clarification on the closing of the gaming center at the facility in Macon County.  He says the computers being upgraded are not those that operate the electronic bingo machines. He says they are part of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Riley reacts to latest ALSUPCO ruling on bingo in St. Clair Co.

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News Anchor, Montgomery, AL – in an opinion released today, the Alabama Supreme Court says electronic bingo is illegal in St. Clair County.  The governor’s Illegal Gambling Task Force had assisted St. Clair County’s sheriff who had resisted attempts to open a bingo operation.  Here is the governor’s reaction [...]

Mobile D.A. Riley’s Pick for Gambling Task Force Commander

By Bob Howell – News Anchor, WSFA 12 News Montgomery, AL – Governor Riley picks a law and order crusader to be his new Illegal Gambling Task Force Commander – replacing former commander David Barber – who resigned after admitting he won $2,300 in a Mississippi casino.  Here’s the release from the Governor’s office…check out [...]

Gambling Task Force leader quits after MS. casino win

By Bob Howell – WSFA 12 News, Montgomery, AL. Governor Bob Riley has accepted the resignation of his Illegal Gambling Task force commander David Barber after he won a big payoff at a Mississippi casino.  Here’s the brief statement from the Governor’s Office and an excerpt from Barber’s resignation letter. _______________________   MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob [...]