2 video slots bring fines of $6,000 'Armless bandits' seized in Woodlawn BALTIMORE COUNTY

September 10, 1993|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Two video slot machines confiscated from a Woodlawn bar were declared Wednesday to be gambling devices by a Dundalk District Court judge who imposed $6,000 in fines for their use.

Judge Barbara R. Jung ruled that the machines, called "armless bandits," were manufactured as gambling devices and were not amusement machines used for gambling.

Richard M. Karceski, attorney for Michael Pantelis, the bar licensee, as well as for Columbia Amusements Inc., the vending company that owns the machines, and Columbia Amusements executive Anthony Raymond Paskiewicz, told Judge Jung that the vending company will no longer place these machines in businesses.

Mr. Pantelis, the liquor licensee and part-owner of Hertsch's Tavern, received probation before judgment and a $2,000 fine.

Detective John Koslowski testified that Mr. Pantelis gave him his illegal gambling winnings on Feb. 24, 1993. Hertsch's is located in the 1900 block of Gwynn Oak Road.

Columbia Amusements, the vending company, was fined $2,000, was Mr. Paskiewicz, who also received 18 months' probation. Judge Jung ruled that all fines are to be paid immediately.

This was Mr. Paskiewicz's second conviction this summer. On June 16, he was found guilty of possessing an illegal slot machine and fined $200.

His firm was fined $1,000 in that case, which stemmed from an investigation of machine gambling at New Monaghan's Pub in Woodlawn during July 1992.

Detective Douglas Dunlap, who is the county Polic Department's expert on video machine gambling, says that several vending companies have pulled their video slot machines, which can accept $20 bills, out of Baltimore County bars and liquor stores.

Video poker machines, which are less controversial, will apparently remain the mainstay of the covert gambling business.

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