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Two arrested for promoting gambling

Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Timothy Eromon McCullough
Two Terre Haute residents were arrested earlier this week amid allegations of illegal gambling.

Although details are limited due to an ongoing investigation in the matter, documents at the Clay County Courthouse confirmed Timothy Eromon McCullough, 43, and Angela Lynn McCullough, 37, were taken into custody by an officer with the Indiana State Gaming Enforcement at an undisclosed location in Clay County on Tuesday.

According to probable cause affidavits, the couple was allegedly attempting to sell a Red Hot 777 Slot Machine that was in their possession when arrested.

Taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center, both Angela and Timothy were preliminarily charged with one charge of possession of a gambling device, while Timothy was also charged with conspiracy.

Both suspects were given a $7,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed) while awaiting formal arraignment per the court calendar.

During a case review by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, the couple's charging information was amended. Both were charged with three class D felony charges, two for promoting professional gambling and one for conspiracy to commit to promote professional gambling.

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Angela Lynn McCullough
The two suspects were formally arraigned Thursday.

Timothy appeared before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout to enter a plea of not guilty and inform the court he will hire an attorney to represent himself.

A jury trial was tentatively scheduled for Nov. 23.

Angela entered a not guilty plea before Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers. A jury trial was tentatively scheduled for Nov. 2.

Jail officials confirmed to The Brazil Times Thursday, Angela McCullough bonded out, while Timothy McCullough was released on his own recognizance by the court to await further court proceedings.


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O.K. let me get this straight in my mind. This couple was arrested for trying to sell one Slot Machine.

Our State Representatives are throwing millions of our tax dollars at the two new Casinos. There are literally thousands of "legal" Slots scattered around the state.

Seems to me that if this is the couples only "offense" it is pretty small potatoes. Hardly worth the money spent on the investigation and prosecution.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 2:22 PM

Sounds like they had a slow day catching meth dealers. Now day's it's not what you do,it is all about how much money the courts can bring in for our poor economy. I had a friend get jailed for a PI. two blocks from his house last week. With all the fines and court fees his own probation officer said that they could not believe it.That it was all about how much money they could bring in.

-- Posted by pepper1 on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 3:40 PM

http://cgi.ebay.com/Red-Hot-7s-Skill-Sto...

Are these the same slot machines you can purchase on ebay? Oh my...

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 4:01 PM

this is a crime? give me a break. pathetic waste of tax dollars

-- Posted by tenspeed1984 on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 8:38 AM

This is an outrage to waste time and money on something so petty. Just as pepper1 said about their friend (they don't want anyone drinking and driving so they arrest people for P.I., senseless), they are wasting time and money where it could be spent elsewhere.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 10:11 AM

Wow. I wonder whose toes they stepped on...

-- Posted by Blueyedame on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 8:22 PM

You know what....everybody has a job to do and the IS Gaming Enforcement is yet another job that needs to be done. While I do agree that this might be a waste of taxpayers money, I personally and am doubly sure that none of you are privy to the discreet details of the on-going investigation. So, save your judgemental "OMG's" for another time when perhaps, but unlikely, it is called for.

Have a great day!

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 2:03 PM

Hmmm, I wonder how the many local truck stops and taverns get by with it?

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Fri, Jul 31, 2009, at 1:39 PM

I had no idea these things were not legal. Cant you just have a slot machine for fun? Seams to be yet another huge waste of Indiana tax dollars. They must have made someone mad, or people started noticing that the ISGE is a joke and very un needed, thus now proving their point. Catch a real criminal....

-- Posted by The Crabb in AZ on Sun, Aug 2, 2009, at 11:15 AM


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