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Employee charged after police seize gaming devices in Wahiawa

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:56 a.m. HST, Dec 18, 2013

An employee of a fast-food restaurant was charged with gambling-related offenses after police seized alleged gaming devices from the eatery.

Winnie Cheng was charged with possessing gambling devices and promoting gambling, according to the prosecutor's office. Both offenses are misdemeanors.

Her initial appearance in District Court in Wahiawa is set for Jan. 14.

Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said officers seized three "gaming devices" Monday, but declined to identify the type of machines confiscated.

KHON reported that Cheng manages the L&L Drive-Inn on Kamehameha Highway in Wahiawa. KHON also reported police seized sweepstakes machines from the restaurant Monday afternoon.

L&L's main office in Honolulu said in a statement Tuesday that all of its restaurants are independently owned. The company will investigate the Wahiawa franchise.

In another gaming device case, police arrested and charged a 36-year-old Pearl City man at 11:31 a.m. Tuesday at a Waipahu store, 94-226 Leoku St. Police seized four alleged gambling devices at the store.

Russell Kiyono was charged with misdemeanor offenses: possession of a gambling device and promotion of gambling.

Kiyono, released on $200 bail, is scheduled to appear in District Court in Ewa on Jan. 14.

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Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Come on it is happening all over. Look in Kaneohe, the Pawn shop on Kamehameha Highway. We go and eat at Kin Wah an all the kronics are hanging outside and then they go in and gamble. Who going to shut down that place. It is a big joke. That place pays out winners. It is so unreal to go and eat and then there is all kinds of people outside smoking and doing their drugs and then they go inside and finish gambling. Come on Kaneohe Police do something I know you guys all know about this place - shut it down.
on December 18,2013 | 04:26AM
Sandybeach wrote:
Machines are in many of the bars and restaurants. Wide spread, no football pun intended. Legalize it and collect come revenue from location that have these devices. Charging an individual with a misdemeanor is a waste of public resources. Busting fantasy football or 6/5 betting or poker games would be more productive. Leave it alone. An arrest here or there will not stop this activity. Trying to catch a hurricane in a paper cup.
on December 18,2013 | 05:29AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
What is sad to me is that this otherwise productive member of society will pay a price and possibly do jail time. This person might be just trying to make ends meet in a state with high prices. Or is it just greed? We don't know. But you are right. It is a waste of our resources. Gambling will always be a part of life. It is an addiction like others. So there will always be an outlet for it. Why not tax it? Those against it say that they bring in criminal underworld activity. Isn't it already here in the form of illegal gambling? Why not pull the rug right from under them and legalize it so that everything will be out in the open?
on December 18,2013 | 10:40AM
krusha wrote:
These guys know it's illegal, so not sure why they think they can get away with operating these machines. You also see these machines in the back of stores in shopping malls too, so sooner or later they will be also raided.
on December 18,2013 | 05:53AM
Mythman wrote:
Sweepstakes machines are not slot machines and there is a mixed body of law as to if they are legal. One can bypass this by just making sure, allegedly, the law enforcement people in charge are taken care of or the people in the city are taken care of, or so I am told. Or, one can go to any number of "casinos" everyone knows how to find. Hawaii is caught in the middle of being a cheap, local, blue collar dive joint and an upscale, designer boutique expensive destination resort. We can legalize gambling because we can't figure out which one we are.
on December 18,2013 | 06:43AM
Mythman wrote:
should be we can't legallize not can legalize
on December 18,2013 | 06:45AM
Mahalo wrote:
I love how on the news Eddie Flores is quick to say they are independant owners its not me.. yet if the business is doing well he jumps on the side of saying thank you....
on December 18,2013 | 08:07AM
Mahalo wrote:
BTW...... FUN FACTORY Kapolei has had these machines for years!!! Why aren't they targeted too?
on December 18,2013 | 08:08AM
Anonymous wrote:
Could be the under-the table deal with the cops and a few law makers, i.e. C Nishihara (Waipahu/Pearl City) play the "Oh Yeah ??" when asked about gambling machines in bars in his jurisdiction. Think we're lo-lo ??
on December 18,2013 | 09:36AM
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