2005-10-05 / Front Page

Police seize ‘Internet cafe’machines; two people face gambling charges

By TARA JENNINGS Ledger Staff Writer tara@gaffneyledger.com

Police remove computers from two “Internet cafes” Monday, including this one at the Gameland Bingo Internet Cafe. Police claim the sites are fronts for gambling activities. Ledger photo by TARA JENNINGS Police remove computers from two “Internet cafes” Monday, including this one at the Gameland Bingo Internet Cafe. Police claim the sites are fronts for gambling activities. Ledger photo by TARA JENNINGS More than 70 computers and $2,600 in cash were seized by sheriff’s deputies Monday after undercover agents played the machines and were allegedly paid cash for their winnings.

Undercover agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) played the different gambling games on computers at two “Internet cafes” in Gaffney, said Cherokee County Sheriff Bill Blanton.

Detective Joey Guyton of the Cherokee County Metro Narcotics Unit has arrested two people and charged them with operating a gaming house.

James Melvin Hicks Jr., 43, of 317 Hillcrest Drive, Gaffney, is accused of operating a gaming house at Possum Corner Internet Cafe, 530 S. Granard St., Gaffney.

Norman L. Childers, 58, of 303 Natures Trail, Gaffney, is accused of operating a gaming house at Gameland Bingo Internet Cafe.

Both have been released on bond.

Tommy Fisher Devore, 40, of 598 Lyman St., Gaffney, and Jack E. Rice, 58, of 110 Westland Drive, Gaffney, were issued citations for gambling.

The S.C. Attorney General’s Office will prosecute the cases.

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