New Hanover deputies bust video gambling parlor
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says its Vice and Narcotics Unit busted an illegal gambling operation. It's the second bust of its kind this year.

After a two-week, undercover investigation deputies executed a search warrant this afternoon at the Carolina Winery at 2824 Suite 6 Carolina Beach Rd. Detectives say the business has been operating illegal gambling machines.

Investigators confiscated more than a dozen machines were confiscated and cited Mary Hitt Woodie, 56, for operating/conducting a server-based electronic game.

"Once they recognized that the law has changed and we were enforcing it, a lot of owners did the right thing," Capt. D.A. Ciamillo said. "Those that didn't we're going to pursue."

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First off let me say a big THANKS to NC for taking my job away in the middle of winter, when the economy is so bad! I worked for one of these places for a while. It paid my rent & put food on my table. It does not make me a bad person. Second, I'm very confused as to why so many ppl group the small amount of ppl that spent their last dime in with the rest of the gambling community. Most of my customers set a spending limit for themselves & when it was gone, so were they! Contrary to belief, ppl do still have self control now days, especially since the economy is still in a rut. Also, most of my customers could play on the same $20 for hrs & this was a form of entertainment for them to sit back, relax, talk to others & enjoy themselves. Now...by taking my job, I'm losing my house bc I cannot afford my rent & there are no jobs in the small town I live in! What am I supposed to do now, live out of my truck? Thank God the cold weather is almost gone. The landlord we rented our store from is not being paid & less money is going back into the community. We had many ppl come from GA to play as well (that's more money going into our community , ie gas, food & other retail businesses). WAY TO GO NC...WAY TO GO! That brings me to the state lottery & bingo issue, how is it any different? Oh I know, bc the ST isn't getting theirs! I'm all for legalizing the sweepstakes businesses (the right way by regulating) so I can provide for my family. The ST of NC has no right telling ppl how to spend their hard earned money! I'm sure Harrah's has their hand in the ST pocket too. VOTE YES ON NC HOUSE BILL 547 ASAP PLEASE!!!!

THIS IS SO CRAZY!!! IF THE STATE IS GONNA LEGALIZE LOTTERY, BINGO OR EVEN STRIP CLUBS..WHY NOT SWEEPSTAKES CAFES!!! LET THESE PEOPLE LIVE!!

These things when they first came out a couple years ago were illegal...then they made them legal allowing for "sweepstakes cafe's" to be set up on every street corner...now they're illegal again. Can someone please help me understand this? Are there still Bingo parlors open? Is there still drug dealing going on in Creekwood? Are there people every day on street corners panhandling?

Video gambling, like the lottery or scratch off tickets is just another way to take poor people's money. It should be illegal and the government should not be in the gambling business!

who are you to decide on how someone rich or poor spends their money!!
also as far as the government being in the gambling business have u ever heard of 401 k!

You are exactly right, what's good for the goose is good for the gander, the state of NC has absolutely "NO" business in the gambling or "alcohol" business, there is no reason for a state to promote an activity they are involved in and turn around and prohibit a citizen from also participating in.

They only say its illegal cause they aren't getting all the pie...but you know what gamblers are hustlers and you will never stop it for good. Just as soon as they figure how to tax them they will say its legal again...quit hiding behind lies and be honest...we will see when its time to vote you back in..keep them illegal you will be out of office too.....

I guess its okay for someone to mortgage their home or "ruin their lives" to buy lottery tickets (where the odds of winning are 200,000,000 to 1).

You are full of it!!! If that was true, why do we have a NC state Lottery?

Just hook the machines directly to the NCDOR. Millions in tax revenue.

for taking this "dangerous" operation down! Now if they'd concentrate on serious crime...

Have you not read about the moms arrested inside while there kids are in the car outside.

Plus their is no regulation.
Those machines can be set to keep whatever portion of the money they want. That money may be yours if the player is on Social Services. I'm sure it's not people from Figure Eight Island playing

It's their job to enforce the all of the laws.

You say its there job to enforce all the laws right? Then tell me why you see drug dealer , hooker out every night getting aways with what they do . They tell us the law can not prove it or catch them in the act. so let go to something else lottery. If you go to NC. Or VA. and try to open a company the first thing the lady gave me was a sheet with all the illegal things on it and the very first thing on there is LOTTERY.

GUYS YOU HAVE DONE IT AGAIN!!! YOU HAVE KEPT US SAFE FROM THE BIG BAD GAMBLING MACHINES....THE BIG BAD GAMBLING MACHINES ARE DOWN GUYS EVERYONE CAN REST EASY NOW..... WE CAN ALL COME OUT OF HIDING... I KNOW WHEN I WAS LITTLE ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT WAS STOPPING LITTLE CRIMES AS THIS ONE. PLEASE KNOW THAT THE BASIC WILMINGTON LAW ENFOCEMENT PROBABLY GAVE IT A WHIRL WITH SOME OF THE CASH ON DECK BEFORE THEY SHUT IT DOWN. KIND OF LIKE THE TIME I GOT PULLED FOR POT AND THE OFFICER PUT IT IN HIS POCKET AND WROTE ME A WARNING. COPS ARE CROOKED AND A JOKE TO SOCIETY... AND NO I AM NOT BASHING THE DETECTIVES THAT ACTUALLY SOLVE REAL CRIMES ie. MURDER, RAPE, KIDNAPPING SO DON'T EVEN START

...of your keyboard and see if you can't find the key labeled 'Caps Lock' and press it once. We will thank you the next time you post.

WE KNOW WHERE THE "CAPS LOCK" KEY IS LOCATED. I JUST USED IT.I USE THEM BECAUSE I PREFER TO. IT GETS YOUR ATTENTION, DOSEN'T? IF IT OFFENDS YOU, WHY DO YOU READ THE MESSAGES? JUST SKIP OVER IT.

Its only illegal because the county wants an unfair cut of profits. The mafia in public service.

+1000, whoops I just made a "bet"?

I agree.