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3 Portll--FRI.,AUG.r9,19a6 iostmittltllimtii2 Second Phase Finished in Nevada Gaming Quiz Commission Delays Comment on Findings of Probe Into Profit-Skimming Charges BY DARYL E. LEMBKE Tlm Staff Wrllir CARSON CITY The Nevada Gaming Commission completed the second phase of its secret inquiry into charges of gambling profit "skimming" here Thursday, still silent about what it has found thus far. Chairman Milton W. Keefer announced that the commission will resume taking testimony behind closed doors Aug. 26 and 27 in Las Vegas where the probe began last week. The commission is looking into reports that millions of dollars annually are being taken off the top of the casinos' gross profits before tax calculations, and filtered to secret, crime syndicate owners. The process has become known as "skimming." "We are hopeful that wa will have some conclusions in some areas after the next sessions," Keefer said. Officials Testify The commission took testimony Thursday from three officials of Harvey's Wagon Wheel at Lake Ta-hoe BS1 Ledbetter, general manager; Eldon Campbell, casino manager, and George Farrell, controller. Comments on the scope of the investigation, on whether investigators are working behind the scenes and beyond state boundaries to gather evidence, and on whether the FBI is cooperating, would be improper while the inquiry Is in progress, Keefer said. All he would say is that the commission has been occupied primarily with finding out how the casinos handle money internally to safeguard against leakage of funds before tax accounting takes place. $17 Million Taxes Nevada received more than $17 million in the 1965-66 fiscal year from its gambling tax on gross receipts of $328 million, reported by the casinos. The commission has 12 employes engaged in tax collection and another 50 staff members with the we introduce POUDRE NATUgELLE for the natural look jean d'aveze of parts translucent face powder in six shades. ..allowing your skin to breathe, to glow...provence, anjou, champagne, roussilon, marne, tourraine...4.00 refills available... toiletries, street floor jean d'aveze representative it here this week to advise you.. . -mall and telephone aiders accepted Gaming Control Board, which is responsible for enforcement of commission regulations, auditing and Investigation of license applicants. Among the proposals before the commission for tighter controls on gambling income is to station inspectors at each of the 75 major casinos. Keefer took a dim view of another plan which Charles Springer, an opponent of Gov. Grant Sawyer in the Democratic primary, Sept. 6, advanced Thursday. Registered Tickets Springer, a Reno lawyer, suggested that casino customers be required to buy chips at a cashier' cage where tickets registered by the state would also be issued for the amount of the purchase. When a player cashed in his chips he would sign a cash-out slip which would give the state a record of winnings and losses. Keefer said the system was explored by the commission as far back as 1959 but rejected because of opposition from the gambling industry. He said casino operators insisted that the plan would slow down operations and inconvenience customers to such an extent that customers wouldn't play. Work to Be Resumed on Las Vegas Casino LAS VEGAS tfl Con-struction will resume Monday on the 27-story Landmark Tower Hotel-Casino after three years of idleness, builder Frank Carroll said Thursday. The builder said new owners of the structure to be called Plaza Towers, Inc. completed negotiations with the central Teamsters Union Pension Fund for a $5.5 million construction loan. Investors include Carroll, his wife, Sue, Bernard L. Balkin of Kansas City, L. T. Scherer, a general contractor, and Hugh Wallace and George Bathe, owners of the franchised chain of Copper Kettle restaurants. Reds Will Try Brothers for Incitement' BY JOHN KENDALL Tlmli Staff Wrlttr John and Michael Sav-ko, two Van Nuys brothers arrested while window shopping Budapest, are in good health and will be tried Aug. 30 for "incitement" in reportedly alter- JU ""'.'I "'.I Mini. I 'Ill) nmiip..iijii.jlliupiim ' - veil heeled. ..bandolino of Italy's bow tie in moss, plum orgoldenrod suede, 16.00... glove-calf instep, strap in black, bone, pale green, I7.00...wynshire shoes, third floor Ing a Vietnam poster, their parent learned Thursday. There were no further details of the charge. Word came to Mr. and Mrs. John Savko, 15033 Killion St., through the State Department after Clifford Gross of the American Legation in Budapest had visited John, 25, and Michael Savko, 23. Gross reported he found them in good health and good spirits. They told him their treatment and prison conditions were good and urged their parents not to worry. "I feel better knowing they're in good health and spirits," said Mrs. Savko, "but, of course, I will feel even better when I hear from them personally or learn they are coming home." The Savkos still did not know specific details of their sons' arrest June 30 on a Budapest street. But, they did know the brothers had secured Hungarian attorneys to represent them at their hearing on charges which first had been reported as "a small political crime" and then as "incitement." 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From Budapest, the brothers had planned to travel through Yugoslavia by car before splitting up. John was to have returned to California to go on duty with the National Guard. Michael planned to visit Greece and the Holy Land before returning in September to his seminary studies which will lead to priesthood in 1969. BCMuiaoietiitfiiia Caltech Records Strong Quake An earthquake with a magnitude of 8 on the Richter scale was recorded early Thursday in the Caltech seismologlcal laboratory. A laboratory spokesman said the tremor was registered at 3:30 a.m. and apparently occurred about 2,300 miles southeast of Pasadena. Such a quake could cause damage if centered in a populated area, said the spokesman.

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