Gambling machines found in Dade County restaurant - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

First on WRCBtv.com

Gambling machines found in Dade County restaurant

Posted: Updated:

WILDWOOD, DADE COUNTY (WRCB) - Investigators with the Dade County Sheriff's Department have uncovered an underground gambling operation run out of a restaurant, WRCBtv.com was the first to report on Thursday morning.

Acting on a tip, Channel 3 Eyewitness News confirmed the Dade County Sheriff's Department arrested Lewis Daniel Dodson after finding 11 gambling machines inside Pappy's Barbeque on Highway 299 in Wildwood.

According to Sheriff Patrick Cannon, undercover deputies entered Pappy's and played the machines at the restaurants for several minutes then cashed out.  After Dodson paid the deputies in cash, he was arrested.

"I am sure it happens all over Georgia. It's just one of those things where complaints come in that there is illegal gambling going on and we are going to investigate it," says Sheriff Patrick Cannon.

Many people we talked to Thursday weren't surprised to hear about the arrest. 

"I think it is pretty common knowledge that they are in a few places but a I don't really think it's that healthy for the community for it to be there quite honestly," says Dade County resident Phil Rodman.

Dodson was charged with commercial gambling, keeping a gambling establishment, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond has been set at $5,000.

If you have a news tip you want Channel 3 to investigate, email newstips@wrcbtv.com.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Immigrants wept, pleaded for water and pounded on the truck

    Immigrants wept, pleaded for water and pounded on the truck

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 4:27 AM EDT2017-07-25 08:27:48 GMT
    A 60-year-old man who was arrested after authorities say at least nine people died in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer found outside a Walmart in San Antonio is due in federal court.More
    A 60-year-old man who was arrested after authorities say at least nine people died in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer found outside a Walmart in San Antonio is due in federal court.More
  • Car slams into Chestnut St building

    Car slams into Chestnut St building

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 4:08 AM EDT2017-07-25 08:08:50 GMT

    A car slammed into a downtown business causing significant damage to the building. It happened just after 12:30 a.m. this morning at the corner of Chestnut and 4th Street near the Creative Discovery Museum. 

    More

    A car slammed into a downtown business causing significant damage to the building.

    More
  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:16 AM EDT2017-07-25 04:16:35 GMT
    Among 10 Things to Know for Tuesday: President Trump's son-in-law tells a Senate panel he has 'nothing to hide' from investigators looking into Russia connections; Mitch McConnell plans initial vote on GOP health...More
    Among 10 Things to Know for Tuesday: President Trump's son-in-law tells a Senate panel he has 'nothing to hide' from investigators looking into Russia connections; Mitch McConnell plans initial vote on GOP health plan.More
Powered by Frankly