Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada on August 12, 1982 · Page 56
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Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada · Page 56

Reno, Nevada
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Thursday, August 12, 1982
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PHOTO BY MARILYN NEWTON1 DRIVE-IN: A Washoe County man was in the Reno Jail this morning after police said he struck a parked car with his Jeep CJ-5, drove through a 6-foot tree and crashed through a patio wall. Reno police detectives said Matthew Higgins, 18, of 14060 Perlite Drive was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving and having no insurance. Higgins received a minor head injury in the 8:45 p.m. accident, but refused medical treatment, according to investigators. No other injuries were reported. Detective Jim Rogers said Higgins apparently was making a U-turn to the right when the accident occurred. Sahara fakover approved CARSON CITY (AP) - Hacienda Hotel owner Paul Lowden's takeover of the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas from debt-burdened Del E. Webb Corp. was endorsed Wednesday by the state Gaming Control Board. The Nevada Gaming Commission will have final say next week on the $50 million deal. The deal includes $35 million in what was described as first-mortgage financing by a group of banks headed by Valley Bank of Nevada. Del Webb also will hold a $10 million note, and Lowden will produce $5 million in cash to the seller of the 932-room hotel-casino. Webb counsel Richard J. Waters said he figured "this will be it" for Nevada property sales by the corporation. Earlier, Webb's Sahara-Reno was sold to Hilton Hotels Corp.. Webb still owns the Sahara-Tahoe at Stateline, the Mint in Las Vegas and the Nevada Club at Laughlin. Before gaming authorities went into an hour-long closed meeting to discuss the Sahara sale in detail, Lowden also said the $5 million to Webb will come from Eureka Federal Savings in the form of an 18-month loan to the Hacienda. The closed meeting was suggested by Lowden's lawyer, state Sen. Bill Raggio, who was recommended as a vice president, assistant secretary and director of the Sahara. The Gaming Control Board also recommended approval of plans by Lowden to register with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission for a private securities sale. The private securities placement is designed to generate additional funds from as yet undisclosed lenders and investors, but Lowden said he didn't want to discuss the plan publicly yet. Lowden was recommended for licensing as the Sahara's president, board chairman and chief executive officer. Ron Radcliffe was recommended as executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer, and Henry Lackey was endorsed as a vice president. Longtime Nevada gaming figure Leo Lewis was recommended as a director, and John Bonifazio was endorsed on a 2-1 vote as casino, manager after being questioned about associationds with reputed loan sharks. Control Board Chairman Richard Bunker voted against Bonifazio, saying his past associations seemed "unsuitable." He added that if Bonifazio continued them, he could rest assured "you'll be hearing from us again." Bonifazio was questioned about associations with Joey Cusimano, Gaspare Speciale, Emil Guy and others described by board officials as allegedly being involved in loan-sharking or other illegal activities. Bonifazio said he wasn't aware of criminal records of these individuals. "But you were aware they weren't Sunday-school teachers," said Bunker. Bonifazio said that while working as an executive at the Hacienda he had arranged for a girlfriend of Cusimanm's to stay for about a month in an "out-of-service" room, but had no business dealings with the man. He also said he had met reputed mobster Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro in 1970, but had no associations with him. He also said he was unaware of any money-lending activity in the Hacienda by any of the individuals named by the board during the hearing. The board also recommended approval for a license for a group to re-open the Gold Club in Sparks and for some veteran casino operators to run the Red Lion Motor Inn II in Elko. The Gold Club will owned by one-third each by Nevada Novelty, Inc., Nevada Manufacturing Corp., and attorney Murray Dolan. Officers in Nevada Novelty are Louis Benetti, Lynn Hill and Roy Donatelli and Nevada Manufacturing is headed by George Prock who also owns the Pon-derosa hotel-casino in Reno. In Elko the Red Lion II will be owned by long-time licensees Edward Pietz, Tod McClaskey and Red and Mary Ellis. Final action on the applications will come Aug. 19 at a meeting of the state Gaming Commission. Other applications recommended by the board for approval included: Alfred Linkletter, director, Bally Manufacturing Corp. James Schorr, executive vice president, Holiday Inns. Pat Dibble, vice president, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. William Jay Farmer, controller-treasurer, Edgewater Hotel & Casino. The board also agreed to remove the conditional license and grant a full license to the casino on the Colorado River in southern Nevada. Farmer said the business was not "wildly profitable" but was making its debt payments and its best season should be starting next month. Henry Dorian to add two 21 games at the Nevada Hotel in Battle Mountain. The vote in favor was 2-1 with member Jack Stratton dissenting. He noted that Dorian had surrendered his license ten years ago after charges of cheating at the games were made. Dorian was allowed to keep the slot machines then. Since then he has not had any enforcement problems. Richard Avanzino, manager, Harvey's Inn, Stateline. James Law, games manager, El Capitan, Hawthorne. Glenn E. Wichinsky, Mardi Gras Inn, Las Vegas. George E. Palmer, shift manager, Mint Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. Merlyn D Meyer, sports pool and four slot machines at Hank's Place, Fallon. Dissenting was Chairman Richard Bunker who noted Meyer had been denied a license about five years ago because of his betting problems in California. Roy W. Williams, vice president and manager of first Interstate Bank Trustee of Irrevocable trust for Friendly Club in Las Vegas. Bill Pappas for 50 percent and Earl Wilson and Melvin Wolzinger for 25 percent each in an expanded slot machine operation at the Lift Bar in Las Vegas. Smith Communications Services Inc., for a manufacturer and distributor's license, Las Vegas. Tola Chin for 100 percent and his wife Marcia to be a vice president and secretary in Quarter Corner Casino, Las Vegas. Faso approved after quiz on mob ties CARSON CITY (AP) - Jim Faso was recommended Wednesday as controller of the Bingo Palace Casino in Las Vegas after Gaming Control Board members questioned him about dealings with reputed mobster Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro. Faso said he had done accounting work for eight months for the Liberty 200 apartment complex on Flamingo Road in Las Vegas but decided "the money's not worth it" after realizing who the partners were. Those partners included Allen Dorfman, a former Teamsters Union consultant who is one of several defendants in a case involving an alleged plot to bribe Sen. Howard Cannon, D-Nev. Faso also said Spilotro was acting "like he did have an interest" in the apartments too, and at that point he decided to stop his accounting work for the project. "He's not a nice guy to know, to deal with," said Faso, adding that in late 1978 he decided "I wanted out." Control Board Chairman Richard Bunker said he didn't understand why Faso "didn't cut and run" earlier, since he had been aware of Spilotro's reputation. Faso also was an accountant for former Bingo Palace owner Carl Thomas, forced out of the operation Land offer for Carson center rejected CARSON CITY Members of the Carson City Tourism Authority in effect said thanks but no thanks, Wednesday night, to the offer of free land for a proposed city convention center. They went along with the general feeling of a site study committee that they wanted a location close to the central part of Carson. And. builder-developer Jim Newman's offer of a four acre parcel in south Carson adjoining the new Raley's superstore and gen- mm FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY Western Motors is having a Sell-a-thori come in and see our complete line of new and used cars this weekend AT PRICES LIKE THESE YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO OWN A radio MAZDA, VOLVO, BMW after wiretap affidavits quoted him as giving information on skimming to mobsters. Faso said he was "completely surprised" about the Thomas disclosures. Thomas reportedly said anyone illegally skimming casino profits should have a "controller in the pocket," but Faso said he had "never been asked to do anything illegal." "In all truthfulness, it has clouded your credibility," Bunker said in referring to Faso's ties to Thomas. However, he said there wasn't enough evidence to warrant a recommendation against Faso. In other action, the Control Board: Recommended Bill Pappas, Earl Wilson and Mel Wolzinger, all longtime gaming figures, to expand slots at the Lift Bar in Las Vegas; and restaurant operators Tola and Marcia Chin to run the Quarter Corner Casino in Las Vegas. Recommended, on a 2-1 vote, a plan by Cloud's Cal Neva Lodge at Crystal Bay to run a race and sports book. Bunker voted against the plan, saing operators had "a long way to go in solidifying the rest of their operation." Endorsed a plan by operators of the Missouri-based W.B. Smith Feed Mill to hold a Nevada slot manufacturers' license. 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