Friday, February 1, 2013
The machines were found at bars in Lexington, Swansea and West Columbia.
Detectives and SLED agents seized 13 illegal video gambling devices Thursday from two bars near Lexington, one bar near Swansea and one bar near West Columbia, according to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. They also seized a total of $590.25 in cash and coins. The detectives took three Rush-Tel tabletop gambling devices and one Mega Touch Chug Monkey tabletop gambling device from Anthony's Bar at 1121 Calk's Ferry Road, according to the sheriff's department. They also removed one Mega Touch Chug Monkey tabletop gambling device, one Mega Touch Live tabletop gambling device and one CA Nexus gambling device, as well as $65.75 in cash and coins, from The Bar of Lexington at 1668 Two Notch Road, according to the sheriff's department…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Lanny Ray Gunter II, 42, of Chapin, was sentenced to five months in prison for his role in an illegal Columbia-area gambling operation.
The friends of a Midlands sports bookie sentenced to five months in prison for operating an illegal gambling operation are hosting a golfing event in his honor. The Lanny Gunter Appreciation Day and Golf Outing is scheduled for Feb. 11 at the Mid-Carolina Country Club in Prosperity, according to a WIS-TV report. Gunter, 42, of Chapin, was sentenced to five months in prison earlier this month for operating an illegal gambling operation in the Columbia area between 2006 and 2012. He was also sentenced to five months of home confinement and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. Gunter was one of three men sentenced in the federal case. Harry Bruce Benenhaley, 66, of Columbia, and 61-year-old Ronald Dale Spence of Irmo, were both sentenced to five …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
All three men pleaded guilty in October for running an illegal gambling operation.
Three Midlands men were sentenced Tuesday for their roles in a Columbia-area gambling operation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia announced. Lanny Ray Gunter II, 42, of Chapin, was sentenced to five months in prison, to be followed by five months home confinement, for his role in an illegal Columbia-area gambling operation. Gunter also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. Harry Bruce Benenhaley, 66, of Columbia, and Ronald Dale Spence, 61, of Irmo, were both sentenced to five years probation, including six months of home confinement. They are both ordered to pay $2,000 in fines. All three men pleaded guilty to running the gambling operation last October. The pleas came after a federal investigation into the alleged sports bookie …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The eight machines were found at three different locations in Lexington, West Columbia and near Irmo.
Lexington County investigators seized eight illegal video gambling machines from three different locations in the county on Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department said. Investigators said they found and seized illegal video gambling devices from the following locations: On Wednesday, a Lexington County magistrate determined that the eight devices were illegal video gambling devices, according to the Sheriff's Department. Lexington County narcotics investigators seized the machines with help from State Law Enforcement Division agents. Anyone with information about illegal video gambling devices should call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at 803-785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Three men pleaded guilty in the case of a Midlands-area illegal sports bookie operation that has ties to an Irmo man accused of killing his wife and friend.
Three men have pleaded guilty to running an illegal gambling operation in the Midlands, The State reports. Lanny Ray Gunter II, Harry Benenhaley and Ronald Dale Spence were in federal court Wednesday to enter their guilty pleas. The pleas come after a federal investigation into the alleged sports bookie operation ran by Brett Parker, who was charged earlier this year with the murders of his wife, Tammy Parker, and friend, Bryan Capnerhurst. According to an Associated Press report, prosecuters say Gunter loaned $5,000 to Parker to start his own bookie business. The three face up to five years in prison. Their next appearance in court is scheduled for January. Read more at thestate.com.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The three are charged as a result of an investigation into the alleged bookie operation of Brett Parker — the Irmo resident accused of the murders of his wife and family friend.
Three alleged bookies in the Midlands have agreed to plead guilty to illegal gambling charges, according to a report from The State. In papers filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Columbia, local residents Lanny Ray Gunter II, part owner of the The Wild Hare Sports Cafe in Irmo and Columbia, Harry Benenhaley and Ronald Dale Spence have all agreed to plead guilty to operating a sports gambling business. No hearing date has been set for the three men. They could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charges come as a result of the Richland County Sheriff's Office and the Secret Service investigation into the alleged sports bookie operation ran by Brett Parker — an Irmo resident charged with the murders of his wife, …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Three video poker machines were seized by state, local law enforcement at a convenience store in Lexington County.
Three video gambling machines that were determined to be illegal under South Carolina's video poker law were seized from a Lexington County convenience store, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday. Lexington County Sheriff’s narcotics investigators and State Law Enforcement Division agents seized three table-top Pot-O-Gold video poker machines on Tuesday from an El Cheapo convenience store at 3862 Highway 321, according to a news release. The machines were in a back room that had a hand-written “Employees Only” sign posted on the door. Officers say players who won the card games were given credits that they exchanged for items at the store. A Lexington County magistrate on Wednesday ruled that the three machines …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Council approved the ordinance 3-2 in favor of charging a $500 stamp fee on video sweepstakes machines.
Businesses operating sweepstakes/amusement machines in the Town of Irmo will have to pay an annual fee. Irmo Town Council approved an ordinance to charge a $500 stamp fee per machine. Only three out of five members voted in favor of the ordinance — Mayor Pro Tem Barry A. Walker Sr., Harvey Hoots and Paul Younginer. Mayor Hardy King and councilwoman Kathy Condom voted against the motion. Condom at first abstained but later agreed to vote against the motion. Both Condom and King said they couldn't vote in favor of the ordinance because they agree with law enforcement that the machines are illegal. The machines can be found in convenience stores in Irmo and West Columbia, and across the state. Users of the machines purchase Internet time …