Bingo battle over for now at Country Crossing

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Dothan, AL (WSFA) – Attempts to raid Country Crossing have been put on hold until next week.

Friday, a Conecuh County Judge said it would be Monday before he reviews a request for a search warrant to raid.

A telephone hearing has been scheduled for Monday as well with a federal judge on the temporary restraining order request from Country Crossing's attorneys.

While the waiting game is over for now, Country Crossing supporters still aren't giving up the fight.

They stayed late on Friday chanting, "What do we want, BINGO!  What do we need, JOBS!"

The long day began before midnight Thursday, when folks were asked to leave because of a pending raid.

As 4:00 AM rolled around, more than 100 State Troopers came rolling in, apparently unaware that the doors were chained and the gaming center closed.

Because the pavilion was closed, the task force needed a search warrant to go inside.

Since the agents had no warrant, Country Crossing's attorneys asked them to leave.

Crowds gathered and re-gathered all afternoon, until hearing the case was put on hold for weekend.

Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley was visibly angry, directing that anger at the Governor.

Gilley said, "There are more pertinent issues in this state today than electronic bingo!"

"The Governor comes down here and forces us to close the doors.  And we got people here that came off the welfare line.  I can't fathom the thought process."

The complex will remain closed all weekend because so many legal issues are still up in the air.

While the bingo battle is over for the moment, the war rages on.

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