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ODPS reports bar in Meigs County and employee charged with illegal gambling

Jan. 26, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

POMEROY, Ohio  —  Criminal and administrative charges for illegal gambling have been filed against a Meigs County bar and an employee, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Investigative Unit.

The charges were filed following a search Thursday at Mizway Inc. on Ohio 143 in Pomeroy.

Ronda K. Stout, 47, of Middleport, Ohio, was charged with gambling and operating a gambling house. The business also was named in the misdemeanor criminal complaint.

The bar also was cited administratively on two counts of acquiring, possessing, controlling or operating a gambling device, electronic video gambling device, game of chance for profit, operating a gambling house and unsanitary conditions as well as recklessly permitting public gaming.

Agents seized three slot machines, various records and numerous bottles of liquor, according to the release.

The case will be heard in Meigs County Court, according to the release.

Once all the criminal proceedings are complete, the administrative case will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for their considerating. Possible administrative penalties include fines, and suspension or revocation of the liquor license.

It is illegal in Ohio to have gambling devices in establishments where liquor is served.

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