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Arrest Made in Bell County Gambling Machines

Date of News Release: 01/09/2013

(Middlesboro, Ky.) -- On January 9, 2013 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Detectives along with Troopers from Post 10 arrested the three owners of Cumberland Market and charged each one with Promoting Gambling 1St degree. Joseph Akers, 36, Harold Wayne Woodward, 42, and Dallas Shackelford, 79, all of Middlesboro were arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. The case is still under investigation by Detective Tyson Lawson.

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Illegal Gambling Machines/Cash Seized

Date of News Release: 01/07/2013

(Middlesboro, Ky.) -- Over the course of a few weeks, KSP Post 10 in Harlan has received several complaints regarding the use of illegal gambling machines in Bell County. KSP Detectives Tyson Lawson and Keith Saylor along with Trooper Craig Miller were assigned to investigate these complaints. On January 7, 2013 while Trooper Miller was inside of Cumberland Market located on Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro conducting his investigation, it was made known he was a trooper. As a result of the investigation being compromised, the area was secured to preserve the evidence and a search warrant was obtained. After executing the search warrant, 12 illegal gambling machines were seized along with $963 in cash. Detective Tyson Lawson is in charge of the investigation. The investigating units were assisted on scene by KSP sergeants Jackie Pickrell and Jimmy Young, troopers Brent Sizemore and Joey Brigmon. Also assisting were KSP K-9 Trooper Dallas Eubanks and KSP/CVE K-9 Unit, Officer Landry Collett.

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