A man implicated last year in a gambling-related case has now been officially charged.
A man implicated last year in a gambling-related case has now been officially charged. Paul Michael Williams, 46 of Alexander, has been charged with keeping a gambling house. A maximum six years in prison could be handed down.
During a period of time from November to December, Doug’s Grocery in Gurdon was visited by enforcement Agents Mark Lewis and Dennis Ball, both of Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control. The agents entered an adjacent, portable building and allegedly found eight-liner gaming machines inside.
At five different times, the agents inserted money into the machines to play. At the gamings’ end, vouchers were printed and taken inside the grocery store to the clerk. Every time, the vouchers were exchanged for denoted amount of money they bore. These happenings occurred twice on Nov. 17 and once on Nov. 21, 23, and Dec. 6. Two occasions were reportedly recorded on video.
A search and seizure warrant was executed on Dec. 8 by the ABC, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and the Arkansas State Police. Ten machines were taken as evidence, as were business records.