Man Gets Probation for White County Gambling House Charge

AUGUST 7, 2006 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CDT

SEARCY, AR - A 67-year-old man who pleaded guilty to running a White County gambling house has been sentenced to three years probation.

Orville Revel "Pops" Moore entered guilty pleas to operating a gambling house and illegal gaming devices.  The charges followed a March 18 raid on Pops Hideaway, which was between Searcy and Judsonia.

The raid came after undercover officers allegedly witnessed illegal acts at the business.

During the raid, officers seized seven machines, a small amount of cash, beer, wine and liquor and a shotgun that turned out to have been stolen.

Officials say Pops Hideway also hosted poker games.

Moore told investigators he was the only one that would pay out winnings because he did not want anyone else getting in trouble.

A second person was also charged.  Michael L. Johnson, 53, has not yet appeared for plea and arraignment.

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