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Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada · Page 5

Reno, Nevada
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Thursday, July 12, 1979
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Gamers urge $12 million fine against Argent Corp., Glide By PATRICK ARNOLD LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Gaming Control Board pas recommended the largest fine in Nevada hls- .7 aftM? f i? mll,ion - aatnst Ar8ent Corp. and Its chief Allen R. Glick in connection with a slot skimming operation, baord member Richard Bunker said today. Bunker said the request for the massive fine was signed Wednesday in Carson City by him, Jack Stratton and Roger Trounday, the other members of the enforcement panel. "That's Just what the board is asking for," Bunker said. "What the (Nevada Gaming) Commission decides to do is up to the commission, but that's the amount the control board is asking for." The commission is not bound by control board recommendations, but it requires a unanimous vote of the five-member panel to overrule what the board has recommended. The control board filed the original complaint May 30 against Argent, its Stardust and Fremont Hotels, Karat Inc., Alkath Corp., Glick and Frank Mooney, Argent's secretary-treasurer. At the time, the complaint asked for about $600,000 in fines and the revocation of gaming licenses held by Glick, Mooney and the corporations. The complaint claimed that Glick and Mooney failed to take actions against the skimming operation, which resulted in the loss of an estimated $7 million from the Stardust and Fremont. Argent has announced an agreement to sell the Stardust and Fremont to veteran casino operator Al Sachs, who has been running the two clubs for the past few months under a management contract. Bunker said the control board asked its attorneys to determine the maximum fine that could be levied against Argent. "We asked the attorneys to look at it in light of the consequences of what had been done," he said. "We wanted to know what the maximum fine to be Imposed was. You've got to remember that this was not a first occurance for either the Stardust or the Fremont and that's what gives us the flexibility to up the fine." The list of requested fines Includes 14 million for Argent, $3 million for Karat, which is the operating company for the Stardust, $1.2 million against Glick, and at least $1 million each for the others named with the exception of Mooney. The fine requested for him was $600,000. Bunker said that the proposed sale of the two hotels to Sachs would not have any effect on the board's request for the huge fines. Glick and his corporations still would have to pay "as long as he's got Nevada properties that he s trying to take money out of," he said. He said the signed complaint was turned over to a deputy attorney general this morning and was expected to be signed by commission Chairman Harry Held today. The complaint probably will be served on Argent and its officials later today, Bunker added. Argent previously had paid the largest fine in Nevada gaming history, $200,000, in connection with its failure to prevent an alleged embezzlement scheme at the Fremont's race and sports book. The purported slot skimming operation occurred between 1974 and 1976 when Argent owned the Hacienda Hotel and operated the casino at the Marina Hotel, in addition to the Stardust and Fremont. The scheme allegedly Involved underweighing coins and then giving them to slot change girls who exchanged them for cash from slot customers. Two former slot employees were indicted by a grand Jury in 1977 but the case has not gone to trial. Rockefeller boosts greater use of coal CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The President's Commission on Coal recommended a program Thursday that it said would cut U.S. oil imports 16 percent by 1985 and 50 percent by 1990 through increased direct use of coal and creation of a synthetic fuels industry. The report was released here by West Virginia Gov. Jay Rockefeller, commission chairman. It also was being submitted to President Carter in Washington. "Coal will play this role in the near to midterm, if aggressive actions are taken immediately, and deliberately, to mandate the direct use of coal to replace oil now being burned under electrical utility and large industrial boilers," the report said. "Actions must be taken now to develop a synthetic fuels industry that will further hasten the substitution of coal for oil over the long term." Without revealing details. Rockefeller had discussed the report at a briefing session with reporters Wednesday. Rockefeller said the Carter administration, in developing energy policy, should not let interest in synthetic fuels, solar energy and conservation overshadow proposals to expand direct use of coal in the immediate future. Conversion of power plants from oil to direct coal use takes a relatively short time, but Rockefeller acknowledged that there is strong resistance to conversion in the Northeast, where most power plants burn oil, much of it imported. He said utility conversion from oil to coal "is not an environmental problem, it's a cost problem ... I'm not in favor of a pullback on air pollution standards because I think coal has to sell itself." Australians seek charred Skylab debris PERTH. Australia (AP) Australians on a Skylab hunt scooped up chunks of charred debris on the edge of the great western desert today after the U.S. space station showered Its red-hot pieces over southwest Australia like "a tram on fire." While some Australians piled Into Jeeps for what could be a profitable search for Skylab's remains, others flooded the American consulate here with angry calls about the way the plummeting spacecraft happened to hit Australia. "I think it stinks that they delayed the descent for 18 minutes so It missed them and hit us," said one housewife In a call to a Perth newspaper. "I don't think our so-called American allies like us very much." The U.S. space station ended its six-year odyssey at about 9:37 PDT Wednesday in one of the world's most desolate areas, tumbling to Earth in a spectacular fireworks show In the night sky. There have been no reports of casualties or property damage. Three men awakened by a loud boom in the remote town of Raw-linna were among the first to report finding what appeared to be a piece of Skylab. Bill Norton said he and his two companions spotted the six-foot-long, three-foot-wide cylindrical piece about six miles south of Rawlinna, which is 550 miles east of Perth. "It took two 4-wheel-drive vehicles to haul it on to the trailer," said Norton, a telecommunications technician. He said the cylinder, coated with a fiberglass-like substance, appeared to have bounced and rolled about 600 feet from the point of impact and came to rest in low scrub. Another reported find was made 400 miles to the southwest, in the town of Jerramungup, where an unidentified resident brought a chunk of burned fibrous material to a local police station. Reno Evening Gazette Thursday, July 12, 1979-5 "Indictments returned (Continued from Page i) have been communicated to me," Dunlap said. "I've had reports of a variety of threats, or, I'd say, implied threats, that sort of thing." The extent of Dollar's involvement In the aftermath of the Hoff slaying Is not clear. However, it was learned that he spoke with two Juveniles who are being held In Oklahoma pending extradition to Nevada. The Juveniles, Lani and Fred G. Stltes, 18, also were indicted Wednesday on charges of murder, first-degree kidnapping with the use of a deadly weapon and robbery, also with the use of a deadly weapon. Also indicted on the same charges were John S. Olausen, 18, and Edward T. Wilson, 20, who are being held in Reno. Sources said Dollar was hitch- hiking when he was reportedly picked up by Harley Stltes who was allegedly transporting the two Juveniles to Las Vegas. In related court action Wednesday, Washoe District Judge Roy Torvlnen agreed to reduce Harley Stltes' bail to $100,000. It had been $250,000. Dunlap declined to discuss Dollar's involvement, although he did say the man will be a witness in the trial. During Tuesday's court session, Deputy District Attorney Bruce Laxalt described Dollar's Involvement as "minimal." Dollar is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14 by Washoe District Judge William Forman, who accepted the his guilty plea Tuesday. 'Hotel fire kills 71 (Continued from Page 1) the fire started about 7 a.m. from boiling oil in a cruller-making machine in a coffee shop on the first floor. He said there was no evidence the fire had been set. Carmen Polo de Franco, the dictator's widow, was hospitalized with minor Injuries, the Zara-goza clinic said. "I led her to safety from a hotel escalator," a fireman said. Mrs. Franco's son-in law, Cristobal Martinez Bordiu. a surgeon, rushed to the clinic to attend Mrs. Franco, who was reported suffering mainly from smoke inhalation and was released after treatment. Mrs. Franco was in Zaragoza with her grandaugnter and her granddaughter's husband to see a great grandson enroll in a military academy. The family stayed in a private home but Mrs. Franco was alone in the hotel, friends said. A para-rescueman lowered onto the roof to help the others Into the basket wa identified as S. Sgt. Charles L. Hart Jr., 26, of Orlando. Fla. The others in his crew were identfied as Capt. James Davis. 26, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., pilot; 2nd Lt. Carl A. Steel, 25, of Huntingdon, Pa., co-pilot; S. Sgt. Leonard E. Stewart, 34, of Fairview, Utah, flight mechanic; S. Sgt. John R. McGee, 26, of Fort Pierce, Fla., para-rescueman. Pope to U.S.? VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican maintained its silence today on mounting speculation that Pope John Paul II will travel to the United States this faU. The pope, who has visited Mexico and his native Poland this year, has publicly indicated his interest in going to New York for the U.N. General Assembly session. But U.S. officials say they have no confirmation yet from the Vatican of such a trip. For reasons of security, the Vatican often withholds announcements of papal trips until a few weeks beforehand. Confirmation of the visit to Poland was delayed because of delicate negotiations with the Warsaw government over the timing. DIAMONDS PEN n INI FRIDAY JULY 13 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 15 WWtfi ... r.. 50 FREE rifr DIAMONDS to de given away 'f1 as prizes! (No purchase nctiary) An Adventure Around The World SAFARI 79 A huge selection of posters and cards. Household items from the Orient. Boxes from Poland. 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