Search Warrant on Liberty Business Served Sunday Morning
LIBERTY, June 1, 2014 - At approximately 5:00am, Sunday, June 01, 2014, officers from the Liberty Police Department executed a Search Warrant at the Good Times game room located at 1409 Highway 90, Suite B, just west of Bowie Street. The Search Warrant was issued by 253rd District Judge “Chap” Cain.
LPD officers entered the premises on the Search Warrant and found Denise Austin of Kenefick, operating the game room. Austin was arrested for Keeping a Game Room, a Class B Misdemeanor.
Two customers were located on the premises playing the gaming machines. One was issued a citation for gambling. The other, Laura Satterwhite of Liberty, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor.
Bennie Logue, age 67, Hardin, the owner of the business, was also arrested at the scene for Keeping a Game Room, a Class A Misdemeanor, on a warrant issued by Judge Cain.
LPD officers had been investigating the operation for several weeks and developed enough probable cause for Judge Cain to issue the Search Warrant.
The officers seized the mother boards from all 62 gaming machines, as well as approximately $22,000 cash. The investigation is continuing and it is possible there will be more arrests resulting from this investigation.
Although the buidling has a US 90 address the rear of the building, where the game room was located, fronts on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive with a donut shop fronting on US 90. According to records of the Central Appraisal District the owners of the building are Long Kdaing & Sareth.
Playing gaming machines in Texas is not illegal, as long as there is no money payout for winning. When a player is paid in cash it then becomes gambling, which is illegal in Texas.
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