The Courier News (Blytheville, AR) Monday, November 5, 1973

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The Courier News (Blytheville, AR) Monday, November 5, 1973 - Island 35 'Honky Tonk' Raided, Closed An armed...
Island 35 'Honky Tonk' Raided, Closed An armed hand of law enforcement enforcement officers from Ihc Tennessee Bureau of I n v e s t i g a t i o n and Tennessee Slate Police descended on an Island 35 nighlspol early Sunday, arresting 21 persons in a predawn raid lasting several hours. The officers used Mississippi County Jail as Hie base for the raiil witli sheriff's deputies and Arkansas Slate Police lending assistance. The raid culminated more t h a n six m o n t h s of plmming, -Sheriff (ieorgo Ford said. Tennessee authorities called i! lln department's "largos! club raid of Ihe year." The 21 arrested AM nol Include Include II lecnani'd girls nnl n buy, who were t a k e n to Mississippi County Jnll and held for, Iholr parenls. The others were jailed al Tiplon County Jail in Covinglon, Tenn. on a wide assortment of charges. Island 35, officially Reverie, Tenn., had been under close s c r u t i n y by Tennessee and A r k a n s a s a u t h o r i t i e s since early spring, wilh undercover agents frequenting the 14-mile- long, f o u r - m i l o - w i d e island r n n n n c l c i l lo Ihc Arkansas mainland by a wooden bridge. Korly-six officers stormed the nightspot called Ihe "Island 35 honky-tonk" at 1:50 a. m., Inking 71 patrons by surprise. A l l l y l h e v i l l c rock band was biMling out the finale of one session when police burst into lliu room, and the lender of tin- group later told nn officer, "1 was just about lo go into my fnmiius roll, hut pul mi end In Hint," Mississippi County sheriff's deputies and Arkansas Stale troopers wailed on Ihc Arkansas side of the narrow bridge as the raid was being carried o u t . Arkansas a u t h o r i t i e s have long been familiar with Ihe Island 35 situation, but lacked authority lo make arrests al (he club since il is in Tennessee. "From (he way il appMrs, I would assume Island 35 will wind up operation after this," Ford snld. Confiscated were n gallon of untaxcd whiskey, over a dozen pistols, several cartons of un- laxed dgnvells, and "several hundred dollars" taken from n dice game, Ford said. Those charged at Ihe scene were; Horace Phelan Cash, 39, of Reverie, who, nn Fll! rcporl snys is the owner-operator of ihc club. The same man charged with the .shooting death of a Wilson woman Ibis summer, summer, Cash two months ago was indicted in federal D i s t r i c t Court in Little Rock on charges of causing the i n t e r s t a t e transportation of a stolen motor vehicle, after being accused of involvi'iiu'iil in Ihe January Ibefl (if Iwo tractors world over $25,000 from n l l l y l h e v i l l c implcmi'iil company. lie WHS charged yesterday with operating a gaming house, contributing lo Ihc delinquency of minors and c a r r y i n g a cnnci'ah'd weapon. O t h e r s a r r e s t e d a n d the charges Ihey face included, Robbie LIT Crafton of Osceola, g n m i n g ; Richard Cornelius Crawford of Joiner, gaming; W n y n o D n y l e C n a l n e y of Osceola, g a m i n g ; J i m m y Donald Shinn of Osceola, gaming; Oliver Ray Hunt of Enrlc, gaming; Edward lluey Cobh of Joiner, gaming and fighling; Charles E. W a l k i n s of Luxora, gaming; Curtis Wall Long of J o i n e r , g a m i n g ; Marcell Rogers of Reverie, gaming and operating a gaming house; John Winfrcd Taylor of Reverie, selling untnxcd liquor, contributing lo the delinquency of minors and operating n gaming house; Bobbie Lou Hennelt of Reverie, sale of unlaxed cigarettes and sale of untnxcd liquor; Roberl Krillis Mi-Cord Jr. of Osceola, g a m i n g ; Clarence llardin Myriek of 1'lythevillc, carrying a concealed weapon, and operating a gaming douse; Bert Smith of Reverie, gaming; Larry Dean Gilley of Tyronza, gaming, Bobby Gene Young of Osceola, g a m i n g ; Richard Francis Wilson of Joiner, gaming; and Fannie Mae Ritchcy of Osccola, con- tribuling to Ihe delinquency of minors. According lo an o f f i c e r ' s description of the scene when Ihe raid began, police slammed through the club's tlirce doors s i m u l t a n e o u s l y a f t e r being poised for several minutes on Ihe outside. Preliminaries to the raid began al 10:30 p. m. in Memphis, Memphis, when Tennessee officers began gnllicring to leave for Arkansas in unmarked police They arrived nt the Inlerstnte 55 interchange al Luxora al 11:45 and 15 minutes lalcr were hidden behind (he county jail, while officers went over last minute details. The caravan left for Ihe island about 1:20 patrol cars. "Some resistance" was mcl upon arrival, Ford said, but It was quickly overcome. Mosl of Ihose offering resistance were- intoxicated, he said One Tennessee p o l i c with n chain saw quickly began destroying all gaming tables and olhcr devices being used the nightspot while participants, participants, lined a^nlnsl n wall, shrieked. "It was quite n night," Ford snld,

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