Agents cite Pomeroy bar, employee with gambling violations

Staff Report

January 25, 2014

COLUMBUS — Agents with the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Investigative Unit have filed both criminal and administrative charges for illegal gambling against a Meigs County liquor permit establishment and an employee.

The charges were filed following a search warrant conducted at Mizway Inc., 39825 Ohio 143 in Pomeroy, on January 23.

Criminal charges were filed on Ronda K. Stout, 47, of Middleport, as well as Mizway Inc., with gambling and operating a gambling house.

Mizway Inc., was also cited administratively on two counts each of acquire, possess, control or operate a gambling device; electronic video gambling device; game of chance for profit or scheme of chance; operating a gambling house; unsanitary conditions, as well as one count of recklessly permitting public gaming.

During the search warrant, agents seized three slot machines, various records and numerous bottles of liquor.

The case will be heard in the Meigs County Court. Once all criminal proceedings are complete, the administrative case will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for their consideration. Possible administrative penalties include fine, suspension or revocation of the liquor permit.

Docket information for the case is not listed on the Meigs County Court website as of press time.