Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada on February 15, 1979 · Page 32
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Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada · Page 32

Reno, Nevada
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Thursday, February 15, 1979
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Thursday, February 15, 1979 'Barbary' license recommended By BRENDAN RILEY CARSON CITY (AP) - After much ado about 27,000 which was either "forgotten" or belonged to a mysterious "Bob from Texas," gaming officials recommended approval Wednesday of a license for the new Barbary Coast hotel-casino In Las Vegas. But state Gaming Control Board members also launched a probe to see whether a complaint should be issued against Barbary Coast executive Mike Gaughan because of various accounting problems. The Nevada Gaming Commission, meeting here next week, will have final say on the proposal to license the new $13 million, eight-story Barbary Coast Club on the Las Vegas Strip. The operators hope to open by March 1. Control board members questioned Gaughan, son of longtime Las Vegas gaming figure Jackie Gaughan, at length about an envelope in a safe at his Royal Inn containing $10,000 in cash and marked only "Bob." Gaughan said he was given the money by a gambler he knew only as "Bob from Texas." The gambler turned out to be Robert Butler, who is currently on parole from an illegal bookkeeping conviction and who has been under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. The monev remained in the safe, presumably to ensure that "Bob" could get credit play up to that amount whenever he was in town. Unsuitable junketeer CARSON CITY ( AP) - The Nevada Gaming Control Board has refused to change its view that James Choi, a Hawaii junket organizer, is unsuitable to run junkets to the Aladdin hotel-casino in Las Vegas. The board said Wednesday that Choi's lawyer, John Moran Jr., failed to give it a good enough reason for reversing its earlier standing against Choi. The state Gaming Commission had referred the Choi matter back to the board for a second review. Moran had contended Choi got overly harsh treatment from board members. " The control board alleged that Choi, of Honolulu. ? failed to list any arrests but that Honolulu police : had picked him up once for illegal gambling. Moran said Choi had checked with police after - the incident and had been told the misdemeanor f offense didn't have to be viewed as an arrest. tVia Kot nioA rkni kAj : 1 1 L I'. iuc uvcuu cuau ocuu viiul lldu idlieu 10 1151 casino . ueuus anu naa ciaimea ne aione was responsible for AlA-l4i AHA. 4i . .(I V But Gaughan said, Butler never needed credit and only gambled a few times at the Royal Inn over a period of about 18 months. Eventually, the money was reclaimed. Control board member Richard Bunker said the money "could have been hotter than a depot stove" and Gaughan should have advised the board of its presence. Gaughan did so when gaming authorities asked to look at his office safe. Also questioned was longtime gaming figure Julius Walker, recommended as a Barbary Coast investor even though he had "forgotten" to report an old safe deposit box in Toledo, Ohio, containing $17,000. Walker said he had the money in the box for some 17 years and simply forgot to report it when gaming officials asked him to list his finances. Walker said he left the money in Toledo when he moved to Las Vegas years ago because he intended to move back "someday." To which Gaming Control Board chairman Roger Trounday said, "That's tough to believe." Walker, 70, then said he had once loaned a man $30,000 and forgot about that, too, until the man gave it back one day. Trounday said he would like to recommend limited one-year licenses for both Walker and Gaughan, but the two other board members voted to recommend licenses with no such restriction. Board member Jack Stratton told Walker he should put his finances in better order. "Next time, we might dig too far," he added. Cannon's Ely spokesman ELY Longtime White Pine County Recorder Jim Mahoney has been named Eastern Nevada field representative for U.S. Sen. Howard Cannon of Nevada. Mahoney, who retired recently after serving as county recorder-auditor for 22 years, will represent Cannon in Ely, Austin, Eureka. Pioche and other Eastern Nevada communities. He will work out of his home at 505 Cedar St. in Ely. Mahoney said he will be available to help persons with" government-related problems having to do w ith such programs and agencies as the Social Security System, the Veterans Administration, Medicare, "immigration and Naturalization, and the Internal Revenue Service. He has been a resident of Nevada since 1944 and of Elv since 1950. McKague motion rejected Judge James Guinan Wednesday rejected a motion by the attorney for accused murderer Kenneth McKague which sought the disqualification of all seven Washoe District judges. Filed by attorney Mike Specchio, the motion asked for an independent determination of his claim that a report issued in the sentencing of John McKague which found Kenneth to be the trigger-man in the murders of William and Irene Hemry prejudiced the other judges. Washoe Judge William Forman was one of three judges who sentenced John, younger cousin to Kenneth McKague, to life imprisonment with possibility of parole. Although John McKague had pleaded guilty to first degree murder, the judges found mitigating circumstances which allowed them to forego the more serious charge of live imprisonment without any judicially offered hope of ever being released. One of those circumstances was that it was Kenneth who did the actual killing. Specchio claimed that finding by one of the local judges was binding on all the others, "hence the defendant herein (Kenneth) is no longer cloaked with the presumption of innocence," according to the court papers. 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