Two charged with illegal gambling machines in raid

Two men were arrested Sunday, one each in Rockdale and Cameron, in simultaneous raids involving illegal gambling warrants, according to Police Chief Thomas Harris and Sheriff David Greene.

Zayed Frank Zayed, 41, of Temple, was arrested in the 500 block of Ackerman Street, Rockdale. Arafat Zayed, 29, of Cameron, manager of Mike’s Convenience Store, was arrested at the store.

Both were charged with gambling promotion, possession of gambling device/equipment/paraphernalia and keeping a gambling place, all misdemeanors, and were released after posting $6,000 bond each.

In Rockdale, over $5,200 and 15 electronic slot machines were seized.

Over $2,100 was seized in Cameron.

Harris and Greene said police and sheriff’s departments had received several complaints in regard to illegal activities inside the small building at 500 Ackerman.

“But the owner, Zayed Frank Zayed, was very cautious about accepting new patrons, which made it ver y dif f icult to get undercover deputies inside to obtain evidence of those activities,” White said.

ARRESTS—Graciela Rodriguez, 55, of Rockdale, was arrested Friday on a parole violation warrant.

Original conviction was for burglary of a building.

OFFENSES—Police are investigating three thefts including cash, a chainsaw and radio and a gas drive-off.

Two assaults were investigated during the week, with one arrest made.

ACCIDENT—No injuries were reported in the only traffic accident investigated during the past week.

Police said vehicles operated by Tammy Young of Elgin and Royce Hudson of Rockdale were in collision in the 100 block of West Cameron (US 79) at 6:08 p.m. Friday.

Damage estimates were not available.

SERVICE CALLS—Calls for service during the past week included 148 total calls and 94 through the 911 system.

CITATIONS—Police said traffic tickets issued during the past week included 26 for speeding, 11 for expired MVI sticker, six for operating a vehicle with expired license plate, four each for driving while license invalid, failure to maintain financial responsibility and running a stop sign, two for expired driver’s license and no driver’s license and one each for passing in a no-passing zone and use of wireless device in a school zone.

One citation for animal at-large was issued.

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