Archive for Thursday, August 9, 2001

Three men charged in Gilded Cage gambling case

August 9, 2001

Two Eudora men and one McClouth man turned themselves in to the Douglas County Jail July 31. The Douglas County District Attorney's office had filed warrants for their arrest June 22, a result of an investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's investigation of the Gilded Cage, a Eudora drinking establishment.

The district attorney's office charged Gerald K. Dunavin, 48, Eudora, and Michael L. Garber, 32, McLouth, with two counts each of commercial gambling. Larry O. Stewart, 59, Eudora, was charged with four counts of commercial gambling.

If convicted, commercial gambling sentences range from a 7-month minimum to a 23-month maximum of jail time.

Police Chief Bill Long said that because the establishment is outside city limits it was in the county's jurisdiction. Long said similar charges were brought against previous owners several years ago.

In April, Douglas County sheriff's officers confiscated gambling machines from the business. No arrests were made in connection with the confiscation.

Lt. Kathy Tate of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office couldn't comment on the investigation leading up to the charges.

"Once the warrants have been issued and arrests have been make, I can't comment publicly on the case," Tate said.

Douglas County District Attorney Christine Kenney said the confiscation in April was connected to the June charges. She said the alleged incidents occurred in March and April.

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