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Arkansas Sheriff Accused of Allowing Gambling Parlor to Remain Open

30 June 2003

ARKANSAS -- As reported by the NBC: ``An investigation into a Pine Bluff area gambling house by federal and state officials has led to the arrest of the local sheriff, who is accused of allowing the parlor to remain open.

``Jefferson County Sheriff Lewis "Boe" Fontaine was arrested by state police yesterday on the misdemeanor charge.

``…If found guilty, Fontaine could be fined at least 100 dollars and lose his job. McCormick says removal from office is mandatory if Fontaine is convicted.

``Fontaine's lawyer says the sheriff plans to stay in office and will fight the charge.

``The six-month investigation led to three arrests last week. The suspects are accused of running a luxurious gambling parlor near White Hall…”

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