2 arrested in raid of Limestone gambling operation

ATHENS, AL (AP) - Limestone County authorities have raided a Athens home which Sheriff Mike Blakely says was being operated as "a very clandestine casino."

Blakely told The Decatur Daily newspaper found 10 people playing 10 gambling machines in a side room at the home. Blakely said he told the patrons of the "casino" that they would have to go to surrounding states where gambling is legal.

Blakely said 48-year-old Herschel Leverne Staggs and 62-year-old Janice Boyd Pirtle, both of Athens, were charged with promoting gambling.

They were each released from jail on $1,000 bail. Blakely said investigators confiscated about $3,000, the 10 machines and some old machines located in a trailer on the property.

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