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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | August 31, 1992
The Amusement License Commission will hold a public hearing this afternoon on proposed regulations for renewing commercial bingo licenses.In January the County Council created the commission to develop the regulations after the county's bingo industry, the only one in the country outside of Indian reservations, was tarred with allegations of mob connections.Under the proposals, the director of licensing must provide the operator of a bingo parlor a renewal application within 100 days before the existing license is due to expire.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2000
Liz Donegan eyes her bingo card through a curtain of cigarette smoke, silently imploring the announcer at Wayson's Bingo to utter two syllables that will make her day: B-5. If she wins, Donegan will pocket $1,000 in prize money and bragging rights from the wisecracking crew on the van back to Annapolis. She'll also renew her faith in the southern Anne Arundel County institution where the 61-year-old former housekeeper has whiled away the hours -- and thousands of dollars -- for years. All around some 450 people hope to deny Donegan the pleasure, ink-filled daubers poised like daggers above their bingo sheets.
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NEWS
January 2, 1994
The following editorial appeared in other zoned editions of The Baltimore Sun last week:Anne Arundel County* Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall wants a tax on instant bingo, and the state General Assembly ought to give it to him.Frankly, we've never understood why instant bingo is tax-free when not-so-instant bingo is subject to the local amusement tax. The attorney general's office says the scratch-off bingo cards are not a "game," that they're...
NEWS
July 1, 1997
The largest for-profit bingo parlor in Anne Arundel County has dropped its request to raise its stakes.John Scott Cook, general manager of Bingo World in Brooklyn Park, sent a letter to county officials June 26 saying it was no longer seeking to boost its normal daily cash prize limit from $10,000 to $15,000.Cook did not return phone calls yesterday.Company officials argued last month that the rise in neighboring states of Indian reservation casinos and bingo halls was making it difficult for Bingo World to compete.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | March 29, 1992
A Glen Burnie woman has been ordered to repay more than $100,000 sheembezzled from a bingo parlor operated by a businessman with ties toreputed organized crime figures.Lillian Elizabeth Perina, 37, had worked as a bookkeeper at Bingo World Inc. until August 1989, when her employers discovered she had been altering the Brooklyn Park bingo parlor's bank deposit slips. Perina, who has been jailed on theft and bad check charges since last July, received a suspended sentence Friday in county Circuit Court.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff Writer | May 5, 1993
The county appeals board is being asked to decide whether a group trying to buy a Brooklyn Park bingo parlor, which has been linked to money-laundering, has underworld connections.That was the key issue that attorneys for the county Department of Inspections and Permits, the bingo hall and the purchasers laid out for the board in opening arguments last night.Stephen B. Paskind, owner of Bingo World, and the partners of Arundel Amusements Inc., who want to purchase the business, have asked the board to approve the sale and transfer of Mr. Paskind's commercial bingo license.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | September 1, 1992
The county has decided to let Bingo World owner Stephen Paskind, a Florida businessman with alleged ties to organized crime, apply for a permit to continue operating -- secure in the belief that he will be turned down.For months, the county has refused to allow Mr. Paskind to apply for a license renewal, saying he did not have the "good moral character" required to operate a bingo parlor under county law. But officials said yesterday that they would not appeal last month's Circuit Court ruling clearing the way for such an application.
NEWS
By John Rivera and Dennis O'Brien and John Rivera and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writers | January 15, 1993
A Circuit Court judge yesterday ordered that a Brooklyn Park bingo parlor be permitted to stay open for at least two months while the county Board of Appeals decides its fate.Judge Martin A. Wolff said yesterday he was unconvinced by arguments from county attorneys that Bingo World's operations posed a sufficient threat to public safety to warrant immediate closure.He noted that the operation has 100 employees and generates thousands of dollars in tax revenues each year."If it closed up, there's no way this operation will ever come back," he said.
NEWS
December 28, 1993
Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall wants a tax on instant bingo, and the General Assembly ought to give it to him.Frankly, we've never understood why instant bingo in Anne Arundel is tax-free when not-so-instant bingo is subject to the local amusement tax. The attorney general's office says the scratch-off bingo cards are not a "game," that they're more like lottery tickets, which are not subject to the amusement tax.But there's a big difference between...
NEWS
March 4, 1994
The Board of Appeals has affirmed its decision to deny a request to transfer a Brooklyn Park bingo hall's operating license to an investment group.In a written decision issued Wednesday, the board said the proposed arrangement was unsatisfactory.The deal called for Arundel Amusements to pay Stephen Paskind, owner of Bingo World, $4.1 million over five years. The payments were to be made monthly.The board voted in November to uphold a December 1992 decision by Robert Dvorak, then county director of inspections and permits, denying the license transfer.
NEWS
March 4, 1994
The Board of Appeals has affirmed its decision to deny a request to transfer a Brooklyn Park bingo hall's operating license to an investment group.In a written decision issued Wednesday, the board said the proposed arrangement was unsatisfactory.The deal called for Arundel Amusements to pay Stephen Paskind, owner of Bingo World, $4.1 million over five years. The payments were to be made monthly.The board voted in November to uphold a December 1992 decision by Robert Dvorak, then county director of inspections and permits, denying the license transfer.
NEWS
January 2, 1994
The following editorial appeared in other zoned editions of The Baltimore Sun last week:Anne Arundel County* Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall wants a tax on instant bingo, and the state General Assembly ought to give it to him.Frankly, we've never understood why instant bingo is tax-free when not-so-instant bingo is subject to the local amusement tax. The attorney general's office says the scratch-off bingo cards are not a "game," that they're...
NEWS
December 28, 1993
Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall wants a tax on instant bingo, and the General Assembly ought to give it to him.Frankly, we've never understood why instant bingo in Anne Arundel is tax-free when not-so-instant bingo is subject to the local amusement tax. The attorney general's office says the scratch-off bingo cards are not a "game," that they're more like lottery tickets, which are not subject to the amusement tax.But there's a big difference between...
NEWS
By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff Writer | May 5, 1993
The county appeals board is being asked to decide whether a group trying to buy a Brooklyn Park bingo parlor, which has been linked to money-laundering, has underworld connections.That was the key issue that attorneys for the county Department of Inspections and Permits, the bingo hall and the purchasers laid out for the board in opening arguments last night.Stephen B. Paskind, owner of Bingo World, and the partners of Arundel Amusements Inc., who want to purchase the business, have asked the board to approve the sale and transfer of Mr. Paskind's commercial bingo license.
NEWS
By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff Writer | March 21, 1993
The owners of the 49er Bingo hall in Brooklyn Park look at themselves, then across town and wonder what they did wrong.John James Snead Jr. and Leonard Buchheit -- two lifelong county residents with squeaky clean records -- have fought unsuccessfully for nearly four years to reopen the 43-year-old Church Street building.Meanwhile, only a few miles away, Stephen B. Paskind, a Florida-based businessman whom federal authorities have linked to a mob money-laundering scheme, has never had to close the doors to Bingo World, the 2,000-seat hall on Belle Grove Road.
NEWS
January 19, 1993
Police investigate spate of robberiesAnnapolis police are investigating a half-dozen robberies in the city over the weekend.Among them were the robbery of a Wendy's restaurant and a bingo parlor, the attempted holdup of a Subway Shop on Maryland Avenue and the holdup of a paper boy.Two gunmen surrounded three employees at the Wendy's restaurant in the 1900 block of West St. late Sunday night and forced the manager to open the safe, city police said.The...
NEWS
August 11, 1992
A Circuit Court judge has ruled that the county was wrong in denying renewal of a bingo parlor license to a Florida businessman with alleged ties to organized crime.Judge Bruce C. Williams decided that the county Board of Appeals improperly applied county codes in denying Stephen Paskind a license to continue operating Bingo World on Belle Grove Road in Glen Burnie.The county has been trying to get Mr. Paskind out of the business since 1989, when it denied him renewal of his license to operate because of his company's alleged ties to organized crime.
NEWS
March 4, 1992
More than a year ago, Stephen B. Paskind, owner of Anne Arundel County's largest bingo parlor, was named an unindicted co-conspirator in an elaborate money-laundering scheme involving half a dozen reputed mobsters. Since his Bingo World was the alleged locale for this money-laundering, you would think the parlor would have been shut down. Think again. Mr. Paskind still owns and operates Bingo World pending court action. What's more, he's floating -- and the county is seriously considering -- a curious plan to sell the business to his lawyers.
NEWS
By John Rivera and Dennis O'Brien and John Rivera and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writers | January 15, 1993
A Circuit Court judge yesterday ordered that a Brooklyn Park bingo parlor be permitted to stay open for at least two months while the county Board of Appeals decides its fate.Judge Martin A. Wolff said yesterday he was unconvinced by arguments from county attorneys that Bingo World's operations posed a sufficient threat to public safety to warrant immediate closure.He noted that the operation has 100 employees and generates thousands of dollars in tax revenues each year."If it closed up, there's no way this operation will ever come back," he said.
NEWS
By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | September 1, 1992
The county has decided to let Bingo World owner Stephen Paskind, a Florida businessman with alleged ties to organized crime, apply for a permit to continue operating -- secure in the belief that he will be turned down.For months, the county has refused to allow Mr. Paskind to apply for a license renewal, saying he did not have the "good moral character" required to operate a bingo parlor under county law. But officials said yesterday that they would not appeal last month's Circuit Court ruling clearing the way for such an application.
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