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UPDATE: American Legion Post Pleads Guilty to Illegal Alcohol, Gambling

By: WSAZ News Staff; The Associated Press
By: WSAZ News Staff; The Associated Press

UPDATE 5/29/13 @ 11:30 a.m.
GREENUP COUNTY Ky. (WSAZ) -- A local American Legion Post Commander was in court Wednesday facing charges of illegally selling alcohol and gambling.

Dennis Page is the Post Commander at American Legion Post 43 in Greenup County, Ky.

Page pleaded guilty to selling alcohol in a dry county and to an amended charge of gambling without a license.

The original charges were two counts of selling alcohol in a dry territory and two counts of gambling in the second degree. To the second charges, which came later, the Commonwealth asked to court to lay this over for one year and if the Legion has no further offenses during that year the second count of charges will be dismissed.

Page agreed to a destruction order of all the alcohol. Officials confiscated $3,600 during the investigation, half will go to ABC in Kentucky and the other half to Raceland/Worthington Touchdown Club.

Michael Wilson is the Commonwealth Attorney in Greenup County. He said the Legion is going to have to change their ways.

"I don't what the misunderstanding would be, I think the gaming, the gaming laws are pretty complicated the sale of alcohol is a dry county is not very complicated," Wilson said.

The Legion is currently seeking a gaming license so they can have legal gambling.

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ORIGINAL STORY
GREENUP COUNTY Ky. (WSAZ/AP) -- State officials have cited an American Legion post in Greenup County on gambling and alcohol charges.

According to a press release, investigators with the Kentucky ABC and Charitable Gaming Enforcement say they “found large quantities of alcoholic beverages, gambling paraphernalia such as pull tab, and cash" during a search of Post 43 earlier this month.

The Kentucky Protection Cabinet says the charges are the result of a two-month investigation after the agency received several complaints of possible illegal activities at Post 43. Investigators say undercover surveillance then revealed that alcohol was being served and gambling was taking place.

As a result, the agency is charging the Post with two counts of selling alcohol in a dry territory and two counts of second-degree promoting gambling. A criminal summons was also issued to the Post Commander, Dennis Page, according to the release.

Page declined to comment on the sale of alcohol, but said the club was in the process of getting a gaming license.

Page also said the club will continue to host activities, including its Memorial Day Veterans Dinner this weekend.

A court date on the charges has been set for May 29.


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