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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
Patapsco Bingo in Baltimore on Thursday lost its court bid to stop city police from enforcing a ban on Internet "sweepstakes" parlors offering cash prizes on games that play like slot machines. After a Circuit Court hearing, Judge Jeffrey M. Geller denied a request by the business' operator, BBB Management Inc., for a temporary restraining order, saying the business did not show that "immediate, substantial and irreparable harm will result" to the operation before a full hearing can be held.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
Patapsco Bingo in Baltimore on Thursday lost its court bid to stop city police from enforcing a ban on Internet "sweepstakes" parlors offering cash prizes on games that play like slot machines. After a Circuit Court hearing, Judge Jeffrey M. Geller denied a request by the business' operator, BBB Management Inc., for a temporary restraining order, saying the business did not show that "immediate, substantial and irreparable harm will result" to the operation before a full hearing can be held.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer | February 1, 1995
Anne Arundel County has dropped its appeal of a Circuit Court decision that allowed a Brooklyn Park bingo hall to transfer its license to another investment group.The decision to withdraw from the case before the Court of Special Appeals marks the end of a 5 1/2 -year fight by the county to close Bingo World permanently."I reviewed the matter, and I see no way it could be to the county's advantage to pursue with the appeal," said County Attorney Phillip F. Scheibe. "It looked to me like we would not have prevailed in the case."
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By JOE PALAZZOLO and JOE PALAZZOLO,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 18, 2006
A second community meeting to discuss plans for a Target-anchored shopping center in Lothian satisfied Anne Arundel County law - but definitely not most of the 450 people who attended. Before Tuesday night's event began, the raucous crowd assembled at a Wayson's Corner bingo hall and loudly derided the meeting's organization. And before it was over, residents guffawed, groaned and lashed out at the developer's representatives, accusing them of playing down the project's impact on South County.
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By Joel McCord | December 6, 1990
Izaak Martin "Red" Silber, one of six reputed mobsters charged with laundering ill-gotten money through Bingo World in Anne Arundel County, pleaded guilty yesterday to arranging the arson of a competing bingo hall.Silber, who turns 79 today, admitted in U.S. District Court that he traveled from his home in Miami to New York to recruit an arsonist to set fire to Bingo Palace on Route 3 in Gambrills in the fall of 1989.The fire caused mostly smoke and water damage to the interior of the building and delayed its opening by 20 days, manager Brian Barlia said.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1999
Baltimore County fire investigators were set to return today to the scene of a fire at Pleasant Plains Shopping Center in Hillendale to seek the cause of a blaze that destroyed a popular bingo hall early yesterday.The fire, reported yesterday at 1: 15 a.m., caused an estimated $1 million in damage to the hall and three other businesses, according to the county Fire Department.The bingo hall was closed when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported among the 100 firefighters who battled the blaze for nearly two hours.
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December 31, 1992
A Brooklyn Park bingo hall whose owner is alleged to have ties to organized crime must shut its doors at the close of business today.Last week, county officials issued an order closing Bingo World on Belle Grove Road and denying owner Stephen B. Paskind's request to renew his license and transfer it to new owners.Federal authorities have identified Mr. Paskind, a Florida bingo operator, as an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme in which organized crime figures secretly owned nearly half the shares in Bingo World and laundered illegal gambling proceeds through the business.
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By David Michael Ettlin | October 27, 1990
In an investigation linking organized crime to a commercial bingo operation in Maryland, federal authorities announced the indictments yesterday of six out-of-state men on conspiracy and racketeering charges.The focus of a three-year investigation is Bingo World in northern Anne Arundel County and its owner, Stephen B. Paskind, 50, of Hollywood, Fla. He was named in the court papers unsealed yesterday as an unindicted co-conspirator.Prosecutors allege that the six defendants supplied Mr. Paskind with more than $1 million in cash in a scheme to launder money obtainedthrough illegal activities in Illinois and Florida, including loan-sharking, gambling, robbery and interstate transportation of stolen property.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | November 1, 2000
A county Ethics Commission official's opinion has prompted a ban on county police officers moonlighting as security guards in bingo halls, and worries within the department's rank-and-file about the potential impact on other types of secondary employment. The opinion - that bingo hall jobs could pose a conflict of interest for police officers - came from Betsy K. Dawson, executive director of the commission. She had been asked to review the issue by Southern District Capt. Thomas Suit, after an officer there had asked permission to work at the Treasure City bingo hall in Annapolis - one of three commercial bingo operations licensed in the county.
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By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1999
Fearing that a bingo hall would give the Broadneck Peninsula the wrong image and bring more traffic into the area, residents voiced their opposition yesterday for a proposed state-of-the-art bingo facility.More than 20 residents and concerned business owners attended the county's Amusement License Commission public hearing for Bay 50 Inc. in Annapolis to hear plans about the planned bingo hall. The company has applied for a commercial bingo license to open a hall at 117 Ferguson Road, off U.S. 50 near Annapolis.
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By JOE PALAZZOLO and JOE PALAZZOLO,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 18, 2006
A second community meeting to discuss plans for a Target-anchored shopping center in Lothian satisfied Anne Arundel County law - but definitely not most of the 450 people who attended. Before Tuesday night's event began, the raucous crowd assembled at a Wayson's Corner bingo hall loudly derided the meeting's organization. And before it was over, residents guffawed, groaned and lashed out at the developer's representatives, accusing them of playing down the project's impact on South County.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2005
The Anne Arundel County Council approved a bill last night that will raise prize limits at the county's three commercial bingo halls. The county's bingo merchants say larger prizes will allow them to compete with gambling halls in neighboring states and with a possible influx of slot machines into Maryland. This bill "attempts to salvage the competitive viability of commercial bingo in Anne Arundel County," said Michael Leahy, an Annapolis attorney who lobbies for the bingo industry. The bill allows "progressive" bingo, a game where prize totals increase every time someone fails to win, and "linked" bingo, a game where players from various locations compete over Internet, phone or satellite connections.
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March 7, 2005
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | March 7, 2005
Rows and rows of players hunch over long, brown tables, puffing cigarettes as they use fat markers to color each square that corresponds to the numbers flashing on boards in each corner of the hall. The scene at Bingo World - a large, open hall located just off the highway in Brooklyn Park - rarely changes, whether it's a chilly afternoon in March or a balmy evening in August. But the operators of Bingo World and Anne Arundel County's other two commercial bingo establishments worry that competition, especially from slot machines, could wreck that stability.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | October 4, 2004
Anne Arundel officials have tabled a proposal that would bring video bingo machines resembling slot machines to the county's three commercial bingo halls. Some critics, such as state Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, painted the proposal as a backdoor attempt to bring slot-style gambling to Maryland without state approval. Disputes over legalizing slots have dominated state politics for the past two years. The county's advisory committee on amusement and licensing voted 3-2 in June to allow the machines, known as "Triple Threat Bingo."
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By Greg Garland and Sun Staff | March 19, 2004
An anti-slots legislator says he will seek to amend a budget bill that is up for a vote today to freeze the number of electronic video gambling devices in commercial bingo halls at the current level. Del. Peter Franchot, a Montgomery County Democrat, said he is concerned that Maryland could be flooded with a new variety of video bingo machine that is virtually indistinguishable from a slot machine. He said his proposal is "an attempt to preclude a backdoor effort to introduce slot machines without legislation.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | July 14, 1996
Two months after Baltimore County police identified suspects in a double slaying at Loch Raven Reservoir, they still lack crucial evidence needed to bring charges.Investigators have linked a suspect's assault rifle to one of the June 1995 slayings and are poring over other evidence, including blood and a Donald Duck cap recovered from the scene. Because they have been unable to establish a connection between the suspects and victims -- or pinpoint a motive -- they hope such physical evidence will link the suspects to the crime.
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