(September 6, 2007)—The owner of a Marlin eight-liner parlor raided earlier this week by county and state authorities once tried to donate $1,000 to the Marlin Police Department, but city officials said Thursday the check was immediately returned.
The Marlin Police Department was invited to participate in the raid early Tuesday on the “Yellow Rose” game room at 138 Live Oak St., just a block from police headquarters, but says it was short-staffed and declined the invitation.
The game room, which had been in operation for about 12 months when it was raided, is owned by an Alabama company, which tried to donate $1,000 to Marlin police.
But Marlin Police Chief Tom Hamilton said the department was investigating the “Yellow Rose” at the time of the attempted donation.
City Manager Randall Holly told News Ten the check was returned with a letter explaining why the donation could not be accepted.
Meanwhile Thursday, authorities said then investigation that led to the raid is widening and could reach into other states.
Additional arrests are likely, authorities said.
Authorities seized 50 machines, $20,000 in cash and arrested Glenda Vrba of Waco, who’s charged with keeping a gambling place and engaging in organized criminal activity.
On Wednesday, Falls County deputies arrested a second woman, Jill Spence, who’s also charged with keeping a gambling place and engaging in organized criminal activity.
They also arrested Dresderian Rose, who’s also charged with keeping a gambling place and engaging in organized criminal activity.
Vrba, Spence and Rose were free on $30,000 bond each Thursday.