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Pa. owners fined for housing gambling machines

August 02, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The owners of a Chambersburg tavern were sentenced in Franklin County Court to pay a $2,500 fine and spend a year on probation for housing four illegal gambling machines.

Dara Taylor, co-owner of Rob & Dara's at 464 Hollywell Ave., on Wednesday entered a guilty plea on behalf of the business to one count of maintaining a gambling device, according to court records.

In addition to the fine and probation, Judge Carol Van Horn ordered Rob & Dara's to relinquish the money seized by Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Code Enforcement officers.

The maximum penalty Van Horn could have imposed was five years imprisonment and $10,000.

Owners Dara Taylor, 48, and Robert Taylor, 62, also faced one count each of maintaining a gambling device, but those individual charges were dropped Wednesday, according to court records.

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The charges stem from an open inspection of Rob & Dara's by three liquor enforcement officers on Nov. 14, court records said.

The three officers entered the establishment at 8:15 p.m. on that date and found a patron playing one of the four video slot machines, according to court records.

Players earned one ticket for each 100 points they racked up on the machines. Each ticket was redeemable for $5 cash or a prize, court records said.

The owners told police the biggest cash payout in the year the machines were in the bar was $200, and the biggest prize they gave away was a 14-karat gold and diamond necklace worth $225, court records said.

Dara Taylor told police she knew the machines were illegal and split the profits 50-50 with the vendor, court records said.

In addition to the machines, police confiscated 11 jewelry items, six baseball caps, 11 T-shirts, three framed puzzle pictures and seven bundles of tickets, court records show.

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