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Two charged with promoting gambling in parlor with its own ATM

Police seized 19 illegal gambling machines and nearly $10,000 in cash in a search of an establishment north of London Tuesday, according to a news release from Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Officers with the sheriff's department began investigating after getting a report about the machines, which were in a metal building a mile north of London on U.S. 25 that had once housed a funeral home, said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo Jr., spokesman for Root's office.

The gambling parlor had an ATM and surveillance cameras, including one that could be used to see who wanted in the building before opening the door remotely, according to the news release.

Two men working at the establishment were charged with promoting gambling. They were Raymond C. Wright, 45, of Williamsburg, and Shannon R. Jones, 32, of Rockholds, which is in Whitley County.

Officers also charged Jones with possession of methamphetamine, according to the news release.

Police also arrested two men who came to the building during the search, and became irate when officers told them it was closed, according to the release.

Jerry Collier Jr., 30, of East Bernstadt, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Jerry Collier, 62, of East Bernstadt, was charged with resisting arrest.

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected, according to the news release.

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