2,000+ bingo machines stored in Greene Co.

Pictured with some of the bingo machines stored at the Poole warehouse are L-R Greene County deputies Jeremy Rancher and Jimmie Benison; Greene Co. Sheriff Joe Benison and Assistant Eutaw Police Chief Luther Davis.

Over 2,000 electronic bingo-type machines were discovered stored at the former Hasson-Poole warehouse properties on Wilson Ave. in Eutaw on March 19.
According to local law enforcement officers, the driver of a transfer truck was stopped by a deputy sheriff on Finches Ferry Road late Saturday morning when the driver was seemingly lost. The truck driver indicated that he was trying to find a warehouse location to pick up some machines. The driver identified Poole’s warehouse as the property housing the machines.
The officers accompanied the truck to the Poole site and discovered the 2,000 plus bingo machines which, upon closer examination, did not contain servers or software. These machines were not operative as stored.
The trucker was allowed to load his capacity of 108 machines on the transfer vehicle and proceed to drive these out of state. The city and county law enforcement officers present indicated that Jimmie Poole informed them that his facility was leased out one year ago as storage for the machines. No official information has been released to date on the origins of the bingo-typed machines or the identity of the person or company leasing the Poole properties. A source indicated that the machines must be moved out of state within 60 days.
Apparently Eutaw City officials were aware that the Hasson-Poole warehouse was being leased to house the unused bingo machines.
Neither Davis nor Sheriff Benison could be reached for comment. However, informed sources told the Democrat that the mere storage of inoperable electronic bingo machines does not constitute a crime.

Traffic stop leads to confiscation of marijuana estimated at $100,000 street value

Greene County Deputy Jeremy Rancher is shown here with 65 bundles of marijuana he confiscated following a traffic stop near Knoxville.
Greene County Deputy Jeremy Rancher was on routine patrol on I-59/20 near Knoxville on Monday (12/20/10) when he noticed a jeep whose driver aroused his suspicion. He stopped the vehicle and quickly found three hidden compartments containing 67 bundles of marijuana.
According to Rancher, the drugs have a street value of approximately $100,000.
The driver, Andres Vargas, 38, and passenger Patricia Lopez, 24, were taking the drugs from Texas to Atlanta.
Other arrests made by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department included:
12/15 – Joe Dais, 25, of Forkland was arrested for contempt of court.
12/15 – Rico Ellis, 18, Eutaw, was arrested for disorderly conduct. He was released on a $500 bond.
12/17 – Anthony Hibbler, 32, of Boligee was arrested for child support.
12/18 – Luciano Carrillo, 22, of Birmingham was arrested for DUI.
Bonds issued included:
12/14 – Mary Pierce was released on a $1,000 bond for DUI.
12/17 – James Reese was released on a $1,500 bond for DUI.
12/17 – Troy Brown was released on a $1,000 bond for DUI.
Incidents reported to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department included:
12/13 – Crown Castle reported a burglary.
12/15 – The Sheriff’s Department recovered a stolen 4-wheeler from County Road 183.
12/15 – Mattie Hargrove reported a harassment.
12/15 – Algarita Hawkins reported a domestic violence assault.
12/15 – Abbie Lavender reported a theft of property. Taken were jewelry valued at $2,800; a Eurika Air Pump valued at $1,500; a S&W pistol valued at $1,000; a Remington .22 rifle with scope valued at $1,200 and a Marlin .22 rifle valued at $125.
12/15 – Larry Sandford reported a theft of property. Taken were tools and equipment, three cars – a Nova, Taurus and T-Bird; a 2.8 Chevrolet car motor; saws, drills and other items.
Robin Tutt reported criminal mischief. Someone damaged four of his Ranger tires.
12/17 – the Greene County Sheriff’s Department recovered a 1994 Chevrolet valued at $1,500 on County Road 170 at a residence.
12/19 – Mary Rochell Hicks reported a domestic violence assault II.
The Eutaw Police Department reported the following arrests:
12/10 – Estin Hill was arrested for criminal mischief III at a local club.
12/11 – Nicolas McGhee was arrested for DUI.
12/13 – Demetric Cain, 33, was arrested for attempting to cash a forged instrument.
12/15 – Josh Dunn, 23, was arrested for theft of property in an incident of shop-lifting at the ABC store in Eutaw. He is also charged with resisting arrest. Also arrested in the same incident was Michael Jones, who was charged with DUI.