Police officer, town secretary charged with running gambling operation

Police officer, town secretary charged with running gambling operation

The assistant police chief and a town secretary in Clarence, La., have been arrested on charges of running an illegal football gambling operation that took some of its wagers in the town hall.

Louisiana State Police said the women are accused of operating illegal football boards that netted profits of approximately $4,000 per game.

The boards are like office football pools, but it became illegal because the women took a “cut” — or percentage — off the top and the payout was less than the amount wagered, said Troop G spokesman Doug Pierrelee.

Assistant Police Chief Eartha Hall and secretary Tyomeka Williams were each booked on charges of illegal gambling and malfeasance in office.

State Police said they seized cash and ledgers from Hall’s police car and nearly $10,000 from an account that allegedly belonged to both women.

The football boards had wagers of up to $125 per square.

The malfeasance charges allege bets were taken while Hall and Williams were on duty and at the town hall.

Pierrelee said investigators have seized documents, ledgers, football boards and bank account statements.

Clarence is located in Natchitoches Parish. Town hall is located across the street from the police station. State police said Clarence’s police chief did not know about any gambling.

Both Hall and Williams have been released on bond.

Talks underway on Indian casino

ALEXANDRIA (AP) — The Jena Band of situs poke online qq Choctaws, which has been trying to establish a reservation casino in Louisiana for several years, has been in talks with the state about the possibility of having a gambling hall in central Louisiana.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Attorney General Charles Foti met with tribal leaders in October and agreed to move ahead with an environmental assessment of the proposed casino site in the Creola community.

But governor’s spokesman Roderick Hawkins said a compact, the formal agreement between the state and the tribe to open the casino, has not been negotiated.

The tribe’s attorney, Julie Wilkerson, said she believes the casino will be built.

The tribe lost a bid in 2002 to put a casino at Vinton in southwestern Louisiana near the Texas border. Although a compact was negotiated with then-Gov. Mike Foster, the deal was rejected by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe then tried to locate a casino near Shreveport-Bossier City but that deal died in early 2004 after Foster handed off the decision to Blanco, who was opposed to the site.

Creola is in Grant Parish along U.S. 167 near the Rapides Parish line.

The state has three other Indian reservation casinos at Charenton, Kinder and Marksville.