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Police confiscate gambling machines

| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 6:50 a.m.

The corporate owner of the Smithton Truck Stop and an employee were charged after state police confiscated several video gambling machines from inside the South Huntingdon Township business.

Smithton Truck Stop Inc. and Adina Wood, 22, of 265 Red Row, Box 546, Smithton, each are facing one misdemeanor count under the state's gambling devices law.

According to court documents, an undercover trooper gambled on the machines twice during the past eight months.

The first time was in December 2003, said Trooper Michael S. Noel. He says in court documents that he walked into the truck stop off Interstate 70 and saw five video slot machines. He played one, dropping $50 in it and cashing out at a counter with $40.

He returned in August, he said, and found that there were seven machines, different from the ones he last played.

He plugged in $20 and left with $45, cashing out at a counter with an electronic "key." It was Wood who cashed him out, he alleged.

Police obtained a search warrant and returned on Aug. 5. They seized seven machines and $9,162.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 22 before District Justice J. Bruce King in Scottdale.

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