Saturday, December 06, 2008


After several weeks of investigations, several law enforcement agencies around Lorain County obtained search warrants for seven (7) different “casino-style” gambling locations who are suspected of violating Ohio’s gambling laws as outlined in Chapter 2915. of the Ohio Revised Code.

The search warrants sought by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department, Amherst Police, Lorain Police, Elyria Police, and North Ridgeville Police were issues after the showing of probable cause to believe that several state laws had been violated. The search warrants were served the evening of December 5th 2008.

The search warrants focused on the following locations in Lorain County:
Sweeps Internet Café 1925 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst
Gamers Club 612 Leona St, Elyria
The Lucky Penny 1202 East Broad St, Elyria
Cyber Lounge Internet Cafe 33133 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville
Cyber World 1980 Cooper Foster Park Road, Lorain
Games People Play 1219 Cooper Foster Park Road, Lorain
Skill Fever 142 Sheffield Center Lorain Oh

The investigating agencies had received numerous complaints from anonymous callers and other legitimate non-profit charitable organizations. The investigating agencies conferred with the Ohio Attorney Generals office throughout this investigation. One person was arrested at Cyber World in Lorain for gambling related charges as well as obstructing the investigation. Her name was not available at the time of this release. At this time, no additional arrests have been made.

The matter will remain under investigation and other charges are likely to be filed


Anonymous Anonymous said...

these places are hardly "casino style" gambling. you are playing games on a computer to win what they call a "sweepstakes." yeah, it is walking a fine line when it comes to gambling laws and is probably illegal. the only people i ever saw in the one near my work were old people who have nothing better to do. leave them alone, they are harmless. the police should be focused on more serious crimes like the bank robber that is running free.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems that anytime something happens with law enforcement someone who was affected states "police should worry about more important things." If laws are not enforced, we have anarchy. The police are searching for the bank robber, but, since he moves around it is more difficult to find one person out of millions than it is to find continued, repeated, predictable violations of the law in known place of business. Maybe they should concentrate on drug use, or for people who use and condone drug use, maybe they should concentrate on drunk drivers, or for people who drink and drive, they should concentrate on domestic violence, or for those who commit acts of domestic violence, they should concentrate on speeding, or for speeders they should concentrate on something else....and so on.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe a Lorain traffic checkpoint will catch that bank robber.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous The Bot said...

The state has a problem with that kind of gambling because they aren’t getting their cut. The state has no problem with gambling when they are raking in all the profit (I.e. the Ohio lottery). They want to cut this kind of gambling out so the people that play those games will drop their money on lottery tickets. Its all about making money.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous The Bot said...

And its not the cops fault they are off doing that kind of police work. They are just the puppets and the politicians are the puppet masters.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that bank robber gets brazen and decides to burglarize my home, he probably won't be so lucky as he has been with the banks.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Penny Slot Player said...

WHAT IS THE BIG deal, for some of the arcardes that you can only obtain vouchers, gas cards, or any other kind of items on display there is no money being won all I go there is for is to relax, enjoy the playing the games for a small amount and chatting with other people that often visit there, most of the players are the elderly, who have othing better to do it gets them out of the house and have a little enjoyment and converstaion with others then being alone in the house day in and day out. I was there when one of the gaming arcades were busted, and the reaction from some of the older ladies when these copls came charging in was terrible, they were scared and unsure of the consequenses, even if the cpos didasure them all would be ok to them it was scarey. We had to fill out incident reports and have our pictures taken like criminals......I dont think that the arcade I visit at often was breaking any rules, I beleive they stayed within the codes and only awarded prizes and or vouchers, Bingo, Keno, Horseraces at Northfeild, Lottery, tips at church picnics all pay money!!! Is this not gambling and/or breaking the LAW??? Cmon get real you guys should focus on poepole leaving bars drunk instead of closing down gaming arcades that entertain the young and old. I hope the judge will consider alol this.

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you buy a tip at a church spaghetti dinner and win money chances are it is not against the law. Any reputable church group or fundraising organization more often than not has a 501c3 tax number.This means they are listed as a not for profit organization with the state. This also means that all monies raised through tip boards, reverse raffles, bingo and so on cannot be used to directly benefit members of the group or organization. The money has to be "donated" to another organization. Joe the youth group pastor or Bob the athletic booster cant just go out and buy everybody diner. The money gets donated back to the church or to buy teams new uniforms. You can find a lot of information on what is and isnt legal for non profit groups to do here.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's illegal. The cops enforce the laws. What's the problem? There are things that I would like to do, but I don't because they are illegal. There are rules that have to be followed.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it when someone is breaking the law it is always the fault of the cops? Just once I wish someone would be adult enough to say they were doing something wrong and got caught doing it. Cops enforce all the laws, maybe not all at once or at the same time, which would be impossible; but thats their job. Grow up violaters, stop blaming someone else for somethig that is obviously your fault.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous JAMES said...

Always wondered how this was legal i won a gas card and other things at these places it was gambling for saker. i put 10 dallars in amachine to win more how much more do u need to call it gambling same as when i was in VEGAS.....

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the cops are not enforcing the laws,rather they are enforcing there opinion of what the laws say,and almost always are wrong ,go write some speeding tickets,your all a bunch of overweight traffic cops who would not be able to handle a real crime .if it jumped up a bit you on the !@#

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if this is SOOOOOOO illegal, then why isn't the state doing anything about the smoking ban lawbreakers? Sounds like the state is being selective to me. Typical greed.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if this is SOOOOOOO illegal, then why isn't the state doing anything about the smoking ban....
Read todays chronicle....

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Penny Slot Player said...

Holy Cow,if that all you can win in Vegas is gas cards and some other small prizes, I dont think vegas would be the city that never sleeps...get real James, and if all of the arcades were illegal why did some poeple go through all the laws and regulations to make it so that it was ok to open up, if it was 100% illegal I dont think they would of had the go ahead from the police to open it up, it comes down to this few bad apples should not spoil the whole bunch.

9:40 PM  

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