Wednesday, May 1, 2013
State and federal agents searched L.W. Flynn's home Wednesday morning.
State and federal investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday morning at the home of the owner of Magic Minutes, a Columbia sweepstakes machine company, according to a report from WIS. FBI agents collected evidence from L.W. Flynn's home on East Branch Road in the Spring Valley area, according to WIS. They also searched several cars at the home. Read more from WIS. Flynn was arrested in March in Spartanburg County and charged with possession and operation of gambling machines. His company sells long-distance phone time and lets customers play "video games of chance" for cash prizes, according to the Magic Minutes website. The company claims it's not gambling because customers are purchasing the long distance minutes and not just …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The sweepstakes company claims to sell long-distance phone time to customers and let them play casino-like games for cash prizes.
L.W. Flynn, owner of a Columbia company called Magic Minutes that creates sweepstakes machines, was arrested Thursday in Spartanburg County and charged with possession and operation of gambling machines. Flynn, a former investigator with the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, according to a report in The State. A magistrate ruled Magic Minutes machines illegal in Spartanburg County last May. Flynn testified during proceedings that he owned two Magic Minutes machines that were seized during a raid at a local store, according to The State. Based on that testimony, deputies issued a warrant for his arrest on March 25. Magic Minutes sells long-distance phone …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Police are also looking for a third suspect who they believe was involved in operating the gaming house on Wattling Road.
Springdale Police arrested two people and are looking for a third suspect after they raided a video gambling and drug house Wednesday on Wattling Road. The house was one of four places where officers confiscated gambling machines Wednesday. A total of 21 machines were seized from two houses and two convenience stores. Darryl S. Taylor, 47, and Gregory Guess, 47, are both charged with operating a gaming house at 1103 Wattling Road and narcotic possession. Police also issued an arrest warrant for Sharon D. Curry, 43, who will be charged with operating a gaming house. The machines were found when police served a search warrant Wednesday morning following a two-month-long drug investigation, Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett said. …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The machines were removed from two homes and two convenience stores in Lexington County.
Officers seized 21 video gambling machines Wednesday from two convenience stores and two homes in Lexington County, according to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. Undercover officers played card games on the machines and received cash payoffs for winning, according to the sheriff's department. A Lexington County magistrate determined Wednesday that the 21 devices are illegal. South Carolina law requires a magistrate to rule on the legality of each video gambling machine. Officers seized three illegal video gambling devices at C-Mart at 658 Two Notch Road, Sheriff James R. Metts said. Officers also seized two illegal video gambling devices at MK Mini Mart at 668 Main Street in the town of South Congaree. Officers removed eight …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Lexington Sheriff James Metts writes to set the record straight on alleged improper activity in Lexington County concerning gambling and video gambling.
Lexington County Sheriff James Metts sent the following letter to members of the media on Friday afternoon to help set the record straight on alleged improper activity in Lexington County concerning gambling and video gambling. Click to read Metts' letter.