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5/12/07 TO 5/19/07

Man accused of robbing bank also suspected of Marshall thefts

MO - Local law enforcement officials contend that Jeffrey Lee Wright committed a number of thefts in Marshall prior to allegedly robbing the Community Bank of Marshall Sweet Springs branch Friday, May 4. Wright was located at the Isle of Capri Casino in Kansas City, where he had been actively gaming but had reached his loss limit. Wright was arrested as he was leaving the casino. / ERIC CRUMP / May 11, 2007

Second time a charm for ousted board member

MO - A second election on Tuesday for one position on the Rockaway Beach Board of Alderman changed the outcome of April's vote. Detroit-based Barden Development Inc. will return to talk about the possibility of making a campaign to win a statewide vote to build a casino in Rockaway Beach. / News-Leader / Kathryn Buckstaff / May 16, 2007

KC casino market leader sheds customers

MO - After a change in its player rewards policy, admissions slip, but revenue lead remains. Ameristar Kansas City Casino and Hotel held its grip on the markets leadership with a $20.8 million month, In its latest report to the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, publicly traded Ameristar Casinos Inc. reported record operating cash margins for the first quarter this year that were achieved in large part through deep cuts in promotional spending. Seven St. Louis-area gamblers sued Ameristar earlier this year, claiming they were cheated of points and rewards when the policy changed. They are seeking to have the case tried as a class action on behalf of all Ameristar customers. / The Kansas City Star / RICK ALM / May. 15, 2007

Ex-county worker gets four years probation

MO - A former Buchanan County Sheriff's Department employee... Four years probation... Pleading guilty to stealing more than $500 from the jail's commissary fund. lost thousands of dollars due to her gambling addiction, / May 12, 2007

Statement of Probable Cause, concerning Smithville municipal court clerk

MO - The defendant would often call in sick to work. On February 27, 2007 the defendant was fired by the city. The defendant would later provide a written and audio confession for stealing money from the court proceeds. The defendant later admitted to taking cash from bond proceeds. Clerk Chastain also provided copies of various traffic summons issued by officers but marked as voided. Detective Seneker analyzed the gambling records and found the following; * The first trip to the Argosy by the defendant occurred on May 8, 2006 which is the same starting date for her employment at Smithville. * She gambled with the slot machines exclusively. * She had a total loss for the one year period of $39,790.80 with all but $2,912.35 occurring during her employment period with the City of Smithville. The defendant later admitted she had a gambling problem. That she used the stolen court funds at the Argosy where she did 99% of her gambling. Detective Don Mansell Clay County Sheriff's Office... / KC Community News / May 15, 2007

Kansas City's loosest slots

MO - Penny slots are the game of choice aboard Kansas City area riverboats. The popular penny games surpassed 50 percent of casino gaming floor offerings late last year, / May. 15, 2007

Minority coalition renews Pinnacle protest threat

MO - The alliance [minority coalition] wants 25 percent or 200 of the project's construction workers to be minorities and wants Pinnacle [casino] to meet the city's goal of having 25 percent of the work go to minority-owned firms and 5 percent go to women-owned firms. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / Tim Barker / 05/15/2007

Board supports smoking ban

MO - Nixa... Aldermen voted 5-1 in favor of the smoking ban, which was expanded to include pool halls, bingo parlors and bowling alleys. / May 15, 2007

In our view: Tourism success story

MO - Rumors of a destination-style casino off Interstate 44 as it leaves Missouri and enters Oklahoma have been ebbing and flowing around the Joplin area for several years. <a> <img> </a> Now it is coming true. Officials of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma have unveiled plans for a stunning $200 million resort casino, complete with a high-rise hotel, restaurants, shopping centers and an entertainment venue. / May 17, 2007

Four Seasons one step closer to downtown St. Louis

MO - It appears the last remaining hurdle is coming down in Pinnacle's [casino] efforts to put the Four Seasons name on its luxury hotel. The Lumire Place Four Seasons will be in the heart of downtown, practically on top of a new casino. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / Tim Barker / 05/12/2007