• @zorro....elementary my friend...On the way to deposit the loot, the accomplices decided to stop by Palace Bingo and play a few games. By doing this, they implicated Place Bingo when it received proceeds of criminal activity. Really a no brainier...

    February 2, 2011 at 11:03 p.m.
  • Does anyone know how does Palace Bingo figure's into this story?

    February 1, 2011 at 10:19 p.m.
  • nothingsurprisesme...Your comment that the story is a big deal only because we're a small town is very important. If it had been on page six of the metro section, it would have gone un-noticed. BECAUSE it was noticed, people will make an issue out of it. It is a wrong that is seen and some people will try to get the stupid laws repealed. If no one knew about what happened, nothing would be said. In this case, it is indeed fortunate that it happened in a small town. Like the quarter machine at the restaurant a few months ago, there will probably not be anything that will happen, but we can try...and hope.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:51 p.m.
  • Nothingsurprisesme...And THAT'S why the laws need to be repealed. There will always be busybodies who just can't stand to not interfere with someone else. As long as the laws exist, there will be someone who will bi...uh, complain that people are enjoying themselves. There seems to be something in the DNA of some people that makes them unable to simply mind their own business.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:42 p.m.
  • For those suggesting the AG's office or other law enforcement agencies "find something better to do", remember this. The AG's office, and even our local p.d., have different divisions that investigate a majority of vastly related crimes ranging from misdemeanor to capital cases. This case made news only because we are in Hicksville and our daily newspaper didn't have much news to report. In Austin, this would of been on page 6 of the Metro/State section. As I said, the Ag's office has a vast agency of cold case , white collar, murder, cyber, fugitive unit and believe it or not, even election crime investigators. Are there more serious things going on? Yes. However, if someone made a complaint, guess what, its l.e.'s duty to look into it. My neighbors called on my barking dog, it got investigated and like the officer apologeticaly said, "someone called, I have to come out."

    February 1, 2011 at 9:22 p.m.
  • Correction: "Zero." Sorry about that.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:47 p.m.
  • Quite the opposite Zorro.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:46 p.m.
  • Zorro sez: "The Texas Attorney General needs to fight real crime, not try to make a name for himself."

    I suppose the AG would have indicted the mayor and police chief, but those cases were already taken by Steve Tyler.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:35 p.m.
  • SpeakUp...I have little but utter contempt for legislators who pass and governors who sign legislation designed to do nothing but interfer with private citizens in their enjoyment of their leisure. I have the same contempt for law enforcement thugs who "enforce" those laws. One would think that with the amount of real crime in Victoria County, the DA, Sheriff and police departments would have better things to do than worry about who's doing a little harmless gambling. I would wager --oops -- I mean, I would imagine that vastly far more tax money has been wasted in investigating and prosecuting this victimless crime than was ever wagered in the Internet Cafe. I'm guessing that they figure the people running that establishment probably wouldn't shoot if they were busted. People making meth might. Gang members also might.

    Look at the charges. Engaging in organized criminal activity. Jeez, sounds like Capone's Chicago during prohibition -- which was another example of politicians putting their noses into the private business of ordinary citizens. Look how well THAT worked out.

    The AG's just mad because somebody other than the state is getting some of the action. Can't have people enjoying themselves instead of putting money into the lottery coffers. So, no, Speak, I won't stop attacking the "good ol' boys" because they're the SOURCE of the problem. Unlike the red light cameras, you can't even attempt to make a case for the laws the Internet Cafe might run afoul of. There is NO threat to public safety here.

    I remember my old civics teacher tell me that our republic was designed to protect the rights of the monority from the tyranny of the majority. Sadly, that usually isn't true when it something the churches get exercised about. It's going to require a hard fight to get these laws repeled. Remember the Blue Laws? Remember the fight to get those off the books? It happened, though, and the state didn't go to hell. Someday, it'll happen with other laws that interfer with people and their private lives, but it probably won't be in my lifetime.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.
  • Evidently he only excels at spelling of legal terms.

    February 1, 2011 at 7:58 p.m.
  • I thought he was going to correct the spelling of "such".

    February 1, 2011 at 7:32 p.m.
  • zorro - Are you trying to say Frank may have made the real "good old boys" mad?

    February 1, 2011 at 3:58 p.m.
  • Zorro.

    you are right.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:54 p.m.
  • KCI, you'd better check your earlier posts before you start criticizing speakup1968's spelling. I've copied this quote of yours directly from the earlier version of this report. You wrote "I beleive one was actually appointed....maybe from the Attorney Generals Office?" I believe you need to learn how to spell "believe."

    February 1, 2011 at 3:36 p.m.
  • speakup1968 uses fancy words...wish he knew how to spell them. It's ad hominem.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:18 p.m.
  • GOP_LoveChild correctly points out that locally, much gambling goes on at the annual Jaycee's Rodeo Carnival each year. I mentioned the Texas Lottery in a earlier. There are hundreds of locations here locally where you can gamble. You can walk in any convenience store and gamble on a scratch-off ticket or gamble on the numbers drawn for the weekly lottery. Then there is always the plethora of legal gambling sites on the internet where you can gamble on everything under the sun, from live Casino house games like blackjack, craps, baccarat, let-it-ride, etc. to sports book sites that allow you to make wagers on college and pro athletic events. You can even make a wager on who will be the next president of the United States. Gambling is found everywhere around us here in Victoria, Texas, from a myriad of sources, including but not limited to the church bingo, Palace bingo, private poker games, Texas Lottery and scratch-offs, internet casino action, internet sports book action, carnival games and betting on pitching washers, horseshoes, checkers, dominoes and the list goes on forever. So somebody tell me why the Internet Cafe was singled out for special police investigation and prosecution treatment? Hundred of thousands of taxpayer dollars have been squandered on police resources and criminal justice prosecuting this case? Now the Attorney General of Texas is getting a piece of the action. This case has a terrible foul odor to it. Lots of questions here, something just doesn't add up. If there is a budding reporter out there looking for a story to jump-start his journalistic career, this case might be his/her ticket to fame.

    February 1, 2011 at 2:56 p.m.
  • I hope Ure and Abbott don't raid the Rodeo's Carnival Midway while I'm trying to score those fuzzy dice for my rear view mirror.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.
  • It's called eliminating the competition. Wonder how many of those good ol' boys play poker on Friday night?

    February 1, 2011 at 12:02 p.m.
  • The State of Texas runs a gambling operation called the Texas Lottery. Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbot intends to run for the US Senate when Kay Bailey Hutchinson retires next year. Former Texas Attorney General Waggoner Carr crusaded against gambling and prosecuted people in the state to get himself a name to run for the US Senate. Just connect the dots. Gregg Abbot is part of the state government apparatus that runs a gambling operation. Gregg Abbot now wants to prosecute and use technical distinctions of gambling and stretch the law to prosecute people for gambling and money laundering as a stepping stone to the US Senate. People who gamble at the convenience stores are going to have a hard time believing the Attorney General is anything other than a self-serving opportunistic crusader out to make a name for himself like his predecessor AG Waggoner Carr. I don't believe the Texas AG showboating as a crime fighter like Waggoner Carr did when he closed down the Hotel Galvez serves any public good. It later turned out that Attorney General Carr was indicted and tried on charges of fraud, conspiracy, and filing false reports to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in what was called the "Sharpstown scandal". The Texas Attorney General needs to fight real crime, not try to make a name for himself.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:44 a.m.