Gambling

The superintendent of the Tecumseh School District in Clark County was suspended without pay following allegations he used school funds to support a gambling habit. A school official states that superintendent Brad Martin is likely to lose his job.

Interim superintendent Paula Crew declined to go on air, but did state that an investigation by law enforcement revealed Martin apparently stole money from the school to spend more than 100 days gambling at a casino.

Gary DeWitt, the general manager of the new Hollywood Gaming racino in north Dayton, points out features of the main gaming room.
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The Hollywood Gaming racino in north Dayton is getting closer to its opening day. Parent company Penn National spent around $6 million on cleanup of the old Delphi plant site, and now a new building, a racetrack, and almost 2000 parking spots are going in at the corner of Needmore and Wagner Ford roads.

Revenues at each of Ohio's four casinos declined in December, leading to the worst statewide showing in the nine months that all four were open.

Figures released yesterday by the Ohio Casino Control Commission show casino revenue statewide declined 9.8 percent. The casinos are in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

The Cincinnati casino opened in March, and the others opened in 2012. The statewide December revenue of $63.2 million was the lowest full-month total with all four facilities open.

About 20,000 people are expected to descend on Ohio’s newest racino Thursday.  The new gaming facility in Turtlecreek Township is expected to be a boon to the local economy.

Warren County Economic Development Director, Martin Russell, says Miami Valley Gaming’s new $175 million dollar racino means big revenue for the county.

“I think that when you talk about jobs, you talk about capital investment, you talk about bringing in more people inside of Warren County...this is going to really broaden our economic base," ​said Russell.

There’s been a resolution proposed in the conflict over video raffle machines that veterans’ groups and fraternal lodges had been using to raise money for charity. The machines will be replaced by electronic games regulated by the state.

Some 1,200 so-called “next generation machines” will go out to those groups using raffle machines the Attorney General has ruled illegal. Danielle Frizzi Babb with the Ohio Lottery says the governor’s office approached her agency.

Opponents of an Ohio law that effectively bans storefront sweepstakes parlors have fallen more than 70,000 signatures short of the number needed to place a repeal request on the November 2014 ballot.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said Monday that 160,008 of the nearly 434,000 signatures submitted by the Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs were valid, well below the more than 231,000 required.

Developers say construction of a Dayton "racino" starts this week.

Groundbreaking on the state's newest horse track equipped with slot-like gambling machines is set to begin this morning.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the $125 million Hollywood at Dayton Raceway is being built on 119 acres that was the site of an auto parts manufacturing plant. It's set to open in mid-2014.

The racino will feature harness racing plus 1,500 video lottery terminals, along with restaurants and food concessions.

The Ohio State Racing Commission has given the green light to new "racinos" in Dayton and in the Youngstown area.

The commission on Wednesday approved the transfer of racing licenses from other Ohio tracks to the new tracks to be built on the site of a former auto parts manufacturing plant on Dayton's north side, as well as one in Austin.

An Ohio Senate panel has approved a bill to immediately halt the expansion of Internet cafes.

The measure that cleared the Senate's government oversight committee on Tuesday would extend a current moratorium on the opening of new sweepstakes gambling operations until June 2014. It would require operators of current facilities to file more thorough affidavits with the state, or they could face a fine.

A full Senate vote could come Wednesday.

Ohio officials have delayed approving plans for two new racetrack casinos.

The Ohio State Racing Commission says the developer's designs for proposed racinos in Dayton and in Austintown, near Youngstown, don't include enough seating for horse race spectators.

The Dayton Daily News reports that race commissioners plan to wait at least a week before deciding to approve the plans, which include slots-like video terminals at both locations.

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