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Updated at 6:50 p.m.

A warrant has been issued for one of two men accused of the armed robbery of an Internet cafe near Jacksonville on Monday night.

Deontre Ulysses Randall is a suspect in the 11:30 p.m. Monday armed robbery of Lucky Time Internet Cafe at Westpark Shopping Mall on Richlands Highway, according to a release by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

The clerk who called in the robbery report told deputies that no one was hurt during the robbery.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said the men allegedly brandished “handguns” but did not specify how long the robbery lasted.

“I guess they were in there long enough to get the money and rob the place,” Brown said. 

The Internet cafe shares a building with another business. 

That business was not open at the time of the robbery, a man at Onslow Appliance Center told The Daily News. 

Randal is described as 21-year-old black man who weighs 170 pounds. The sheriff’s office says an additional warrant for the second suspect is “forthcoming.”  Both men should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the release.  

The release included a message to Randall: “This (w)arrant will not go away so do the right and smart thing, turn yourself in.”

In the event that Randall does not heed that advice, anyone with information on Deontre Ulysses Randall’s whereabouts or the second suspect can call the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113; Detective Sgt. Hernandez at 910-650-3487; Detective Sgt. McAllister at 910-787-4234; Detective Sgt. Lincoln at 910-750-2484; Capt. Darden at 910-787-4232; Sheriff Brown at 910-340-6200; your local law enforcement agency; or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Callers to Crime Stoppers do not have to reveal their identity.

 

The sheriff’s office is the sole investigating agency, Brown said. Sheriff’s office deputies, detectives and crime-scene investigators are handling the case, according to the release.

 

Updated at 6:20 p.m.

From the Onslow County Sheriff's Office:

A Warrant has been issued for Deontre Ulysses Randall, BM, 21YO, 170 lbs, for armed robbery of the Lucky Time Internet Café that occurred July 22, 2014, 11:30 PM.  An additional warrant is likely to be forthcoming for the 2nd suspect soon.  Both men should be considered armed and dangerous.   Anyone knowing the location of Deontre Ulysses Randall should call the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office (910) 455-3113; Detective Sgt. Hernandez (910) 650-3487; Detective Sgt. McAllister (910) 787-4234; Detective Sgt. Lincoln (910) 750-2484; Capt. Darden (910) 787-4232, Sheriff Brown (910) 340-6200, Local Law Enforcement Agency, or Crime Stoppers (910) 938-3273.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Detectives, and CSI have worked non-stop on this crime since it was reported.

Message to Deontre Ulysses Randall:  This Warrant will not go away so do the right and smart thing, turn yourself in.

Two men went in an Internet cafe near Jacksonville on Monday night, brandished handguns and robbed the business, according to a release by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and comments by Sheriff Ed Brown on Tuesday afternoon.

A clerk called the sheriff’s office about 11:30 p.m. Monday to report the robbery at Lucky Time Internet Cafe at Westpark Shopping Mall on Richlands Highway, according to the release. 

The woman who called told deputies that no one was hurt during the robbery.

Brown said the men allegedly brandished “handguns” but did not specify how long the robbery lasted.

“I guess they were in there long enough to get the money and rob the place,” Brown said. 

When asked whether the sheriff’s office sought the public’s help to identify or locate the suspects, Brown said that such information, if relevant, would be issued via press release.The men’s description was limited to race. 

The sheriff’s office is the sole investigating agency, he said. Sheriff’s office deputies, detectives and crime-scene investigators are handling the case, according to the release.

The Internet cafe shares a building with another business. 

That business was not open at the time of the robbery, a man at Onslow Appliance Center told The Daily News.

From Onslow County Sheriff's Office:

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Detectives, and CSI are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Lucky Time Internet Café on Richlands Highway, Westpark Shopping Center, on July 21, 2014, at approximately 11:30 PM.

At approximately 11:30 PM the female clerk of the Lucky Time Internet Café called the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office to report that she had just been robbed at gunpoint by two black males.  The clerk said no one was injured but the robbers did get away with an undetermined amount of money.

Updated at 6:50 p.m.

A warrant has been issued for one of two men accused of the armed robbery of an Internet cafe near Jacksonville on Monday night.

Deontre Ulysses Randall is a suspect in the 11:30 p.m. Monday armed robbery of Lucky Time Internet Cafe at Westpark Shopping Mall on Richlands Highway, according to a release by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

The clerk who called in the robbery report told deputies that no one was hurt during the robbery.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said the men allegedly brandished “handguns” but did not specify how long the robbery lasted.

“I guess they were in there long enough to get the money and rob the place,” Brown said. 

The Internet cafe shares a building with another business. 

That business was not open at the time of the robbery, a man at Onslow Appliance Center told The Daily News. 

Randal is described as 21-year-old black man who weighs 170 pounds. The sheriff’s office says an additional warrant for the second suspect is “forthcoming.”  Both men should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the release.  

The release included a message to Randall: “This (w)arrant will not go away so do the right and smart thing, turn yourself in.”

In the event that Randall does not heed that advice, anyone with information on Deontre Ulysses Randall’s whereabouts or the second suspect can call the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113; Detective Sgt. Hernandez at 910-650-3487; Detective Sgt. McAllister at 910-787-4234; Detective Sgt. Lincoln at 910-750-2484; Capt. Darden at 910-787-4232; Sheriff Brown at 910-340-6200; your local law enforcement agency; or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Callers to Crime Stoppers do not have to reveal their identity.

 

The sheriff’s office is the sole investigating agency, Brown said. Sheriff’s office deputies, detectives and crime-scene investigators are handling the case, according to the release.

 

Updated at 6:20 p.m.

From the Onslow County Sheriff's Office:

A Warrant has been issued for Deontre Ulysses Randall, BM, 21YO, 170 lbs, for armed robbery of the Lucky Time Internet Café that occurred July 22, 2014, 11:30 PM.  An additional warrant is likely to be forthcoming for the 2nd suspect soon.  Both men should be considered armed and dangerous.   Anyone knowing the location of Deontre Ulysses Randall should call the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office (910) 455-3113; Detective Sgt. Hernandez (910) 650-3487; Detective Sgt. McAllister (910) 787-4234; Detective Sgt. Lincoln (910) 750-2484; Capt. Darden (910) 787-4232, Sheriff Brown (910) 340-6200, Local Law Enforcement Agency, or Crime Stoppers (910) 938-3273.

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Detectives, and CSI have worked non-stop on this crime since it was reported.

Message to Deontre Ulysses Randall:  This Warrant will not go away so do the right and smart thing, turn yourself in.

Two men went in an Internet cafe near Jacksonville on Monday night, brandished handguns and robbed the business, according to a release by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and comments by Sheriff Ed Brown on Tuesday afternoon.

A clerk called the sheriff’s office about 11:30 p.m. Monday to report the robbery at Lucky Time Internet Cafe at Westpark Shopping Mall on Richlands Highway, according to the release. 

The woman who called told deputies that no one was hurt during the robbery.

Brown said the men allegedly brandished “handguns” but did not specify how long the robbery lasted.

“I guess they were in there long enough to get the money and rob the place,” Brown said. 

When asked whether the sheriff’s office sought the public’s help to identify or locate the suspects, Brown said that such information, if relevant, would be issued via press release.The men’s description was limited to race. 

The sheriff’s office is the sole investigating agency, he said. Sheriff’s office deputies, detectives and crime-scene investigators are handling the case, according to the release.

The Internet cafe shares a building with another business. 

That business was not open at the time of the robbery, a man at Onslow Appliance Center told The Daily News.

From Onslow County Sheriff's Office:

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Detectives, and CSI are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Lucky Time Internet Café on Richlands Highway, Westpark Shopping Center, on July 21, 2014, at approximately 11:30 PM.

At approximately 11:30 PM the female clerk of the Lucky Time Internet Café called the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office to report that she had just been robbed at gunpoint by two black males.  The clerk said no one was injured but the robbers did get away with an undetermined amount of money.

ONSLOW COUNTY -

UPDATE: The Onslow County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for Deontre Randall Tuesday night.

Officials said he was involved in an armed robbery Monday night at the Lucky Time Internet Cafe on U.S. 258 Richlands Highway. Randall should be considered armed and dangerous, said deputies.

Investigators said there likely will be another warrant issued for the arrest of a second suspect.

PREVIOUS STORY:Deputies say they are investigating an armed robbery at an internet cafe in Onslow County.

According to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, two black males armed with a handgun robbed the Lucky Time Internet Cafe, on U.S. 258 Richlands Highway, at about 11:30 p.m. Monday.

At least one employee was inside at the time, but no one was hurt, said Sheriff Ed Brown.

A witness who lives near the crime scene says the armed robbery is a little too close to home for comfort.

 

Monique Patterson knew something was going on when her friend came over to her place last night and alerted her that law enforcement was outside.

 

"She's like I think someone just got robbed or I think someone just got hurt and I was like wow-shut my door and locked it," said Patterson.

 

She says about two weeks ago she started to feel uneasy when she began to notice strange men she'd never seen before, walking around her neighborhood.

Patterson says the night of the armed robbery, she approached two black males dressed in black hoodies because they were walking behind her home shortly before law enforcement came on scene for the armed robbery.

Now that the armed robbery has taken place just down the street, it's making her feel uncomfortable.

"I watch the news all the time but it's not so close to my home so it's like when it comes close to your home then it's different. You have to worry now," said Patterson.

 

Sheriff Brown says today his team is out investigating the area, looking for the suspects.

"The investigation started with the initial call and will continue until someone is arrested in the case," said Brown.

 

There was no word on how much money was taken.

Anyone with information can call the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113.

Article source: http://www.wcti12.com/news/deputies-investigate-armed-robbery-at-internet-cafe/27089196

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

For the past two years, News4Jax has told viewers stories of Internet cafes around town that have been shut down when the state says they're illegal, then reopened with new games. Each time the owners told News4Jax the new games are legal, and then police seem to go shut them down again.

The latest raids were this past Friday when two west side Internet cafes were shut down.

News4Jax is looking at the legal aspect of this to find out why the owners continually say they're legal and then wind up arrested.

Each time the Internet cafes re-opened, the owners said they had changed the technology of the games and took away the possibility of chance, meaning it's not gambling and it's legal.

But after another round of arrests and with more likely coming around Jacksonville, the state of Florida told News4Jax there's a group of lawyers in Jacksonville giving the Internet cafe operators bad advice and it's costing them jail time.

The latest arrests were in two raids on Normandy and Blanding boulevards Friday. Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said there are more undercover operations going on right now to shut these places down.

News4Jax asked why the facilities keep getting shut down, then re-opening, then shut down again by police. Both sides said they're on the right side of the law.

"It seems like we continually have attorney or attorneys. That seems to be continuing, to be willing to say this is legal and put their necks out saying this is legal," said the Attorney General's Office.

Local attorney Gene Nichols is familiar with many of these cases, particularly the highest profile case where local attorney Kelly Mathis was convicted for an Internet cafe scam with Allied Veterans.

"I would be shocked to know there's a lawyer out there who's telling someone specifically and putting it in paper that what you are doing is legal," said Nichols. "What I would suspect is lawyers are advising clients, especially because of Kelly Mathis, this may be legal, this may not be legal. Here's what the law says, here's what I think."

Nichols said the problem is the law the legislature passed last year banning Internet cafes and calling them illegal gambling can only be worded so well. Since the manufacturers of these gaming machines can change the software just a bit to get around the wording of the law, these places keep opening.

But law enforcement has zero tolerance for them. So what this means is a jury will have to determine if the operators of these cafes are in fact breaking the law.

"It is absolutely feasible they could win in court because it just depends on what they are now doing. The changes in technology -- does that violate Florida statute? The law that -- does have some loopholes," said Nichols.

Nichols said he suspects during the next legislative session they will tweak the law to close some of these loopholes. The issue will be there is some legal gambling in Florida on Indian reservations and places like the dog track. So the wording of the law is tricky because it can't be too overly broad or it could affect those operations.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

For the past two years, News4Jax has told viewers stories of Internet cafes around town that have been shut down when the state says they're illegal, then reopened with new games. Each time the owners told News4Jax the new games are legal, and then police seem to go shut them down again.

The latest raids were this past Friday when two west side Internet cafes were shut down.

News4Jax is looking at the legal aspect of this to find out why the owners continually say they're legal and then wind up arrested.

Each time the Internet cafes re-opened, the owners said they had changed the technology of the games and took away the possibility of chance, meaning it's not gambling and it's legal.

But after another round of arrests and with more likely coming around Jacksonville, the state of Florida told News4Jax there's a group of lawyers in Jacksonville giving the Internet cafe operators bad advice and it's costing them jail time.

The latest arrests were in two raids on Normandy and Blanding boulevards Friday. Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said there are more undercover operations going on right now to shut these places down.

News4Jax asked why the facilities keep getting shut down, then re-opening, then shut down again by police. Both sides said they're on the right side of the law.

"It seems like we continually have attorney or attorneys. That seems to be continuing, to be willing to say this is legal and put their necks out saying this is legal," said the Attorney General's Office.

Local attorney Gene Nichols is familiar with many of these cases, particularly the highest profile case where local attorney Kelly Mathis was convicted for an Internet cafe scam with Allied Veterans.

"I would be shocked to know there's a lawyer out there who's telling someone specifically and putting it in paper that what you are doing is legal," said Nichols. "What I would suspect is lawyers are advising clients, especially because of Kelly Mathis, this may be legal, this may not be legal. Here's what the law says, here's what I think."

Nichols said the problem is the law the legislature passed last year banning Internet cafes and calling them illegal gambling can only be worded so well. Since the manufacturers of these gaming machines can change the software just a bit to get around the wording of the law, these places keep opening.

But law enforcement has zero tolerance for them. So what this means is a jury will have to determine if the operators of these cafes are in fact breaking the law.

"It is absolutely feasible they could win in court because it just depends on what they are now doing. The changes in technology -- does that violate Florida statute? The law that -- does have some loopholes," said Nichols.

Nichols said he suspects during the next legislative session they will tweak the law to close some of these loopholes. The issue will be there is some legal gambling in Florida on Indian reservations and places like the dog track. So the wording of the law is tricky because it can't be too overly broad or it could affect those operations.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

For the past two years, News4Jax has told viewers stories of Internet cafes around town that have been shut down when the state says they're illegal, then reopened with new games. Each time the owners told News4Jax the new games are legal, and then police seem to go shut them down again.

The latest raids were this past Friday when two west side Internet cafes were shut down.

News4Jax is looking at the legal aspect of this to find out why the owners continually say they're legal and then wind up arrested.

Each time the Internet cafes re-opened, the owners said they had changed the technology of the games and took away the possibility of chance, meaning it's not gambling and it's legal.

But after another round of arrests and with more likely coming around Jacksonville, the state of Florida told News4Jax there's a group of lawyers in Jacksonville giving the Internet cafe operators bad advice and it's costing them jail time.

The latest arrests were in two raids on Normandy and Blanding boulevards Friday. Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said there are more undercover operations going on right now to shut these places down.

News4Jax asked why the facilities keep getting shut down, then re-opening, then shut down again by police. Both sides said they're on the right side of the law.

"It seems like we continually have attorney or attorneys. That seems to be continuing, to be willing to say this is legal and put their necks out saying this is legal," said the Attorney General's Office.

Local attorney Gene Nichols is familiar with many of these cases, particularly the highest profile case where local attorney Kelly Mathis was convicted for an Internet cafe scam with Allied Veterans.

"I would be shocked to know there's a lawyer out there who's telling someone specifically and putting it in paper that what you are doing is legal," said Nichols. "What I would suspect is lawyers are advising clients, especially because of Kelly Mathis, this may be legal, this may not be legal. Here's what the law says, here's what I think."

Nichols said the problem is the law the legislature passed last year banning Internet cafes and calling them illegal gambling can only be worded so well. Since the manufacturers of these gaming machines can change the software just a bit to get around the wording of the law, these places keep opening.

But law enforcement has zero tolerance for them. So what this means is a jury will have to determine if the operators of these cafes are in fact breaking the law.

"It is absolutely feasible they could win in court because it just depends on what they are now doing. The changes in technology -- does that violate Florida statute? The law that -- does have some loopholes," said Nichols.

Nichols said he suspects during the next legislative session they will tweak the law to close some of these loopholes. The issue will be there is some legal gambling in Florida on Indian reservations and places like the dog track. So the wording of the law is tricky because it can't be too overly broad or it could affect those operations.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Two Internet cafes were raided and five people arrested Friday in what Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said was an investigation into illegal gambling.

Two businesses operating under the name "Senior Social Centers" on Jacksonville's Westside were raided by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in a joint operation with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney's Office. Police had the businesses on Normandy and Blanding boulevards closed and officers were seen carrying out computer equipment and records.

Rutherford said these businesses were offering slot machine and other gambling play on computer terminals.

"It is clear these businesses were offering casino-style games of chance," Rutherford said.

Undercover officers documented the gambling by using the online games. He said they won up to $136, but more often lost money using the terminals.

Five employees of the businesses were arrested on charges of possession of a gambling device and keeping a gambling house.  Shonderika Lowery, Gynarva Monroe, Antonio Hodges, Joyce McCaffrey and Felicia Maxwell were all arrested and booked into the Duval County jail Friday afternoon.  

JSO booking photos of (from left) Felicia Maxwell, Joyce McCaffrey, Gynarva Monroe, Shonderika Lowery and Antonio Hodges

Patrons at businesses when they were raided were questioned and released without facing any charges.

Other patrons who arrived after the raid, including Johnnie Elhasan, were turned away.

“Cops told me, 'Your not allowed to go in. We are shutting the place down,'” Elhasan said. “They shut it down and open it, shut it down and open it. The government looks like they don't know what they are doing, honestly.”

The two locations raided Friday were among several locations of "Pete's Retreat" that were raided in April.  No arrests were made in that raid.

In a statewide crackdown on the Internet gaming centers last year, 49 Allied Veterans of the World locations were closed and 57 people were arrested on racketeering, gambling and money laundering charges. A Jacksonville lawyer -- Kelly Mathis -- who prosecutors called the mastermind of the scheme, was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison.

The sheriff said he wants to be clear to those who keep reopening these businesses that he will not tolerate illegal gambling in Jacksonville.

"If you're given payouts through these machines, you can pretty much guarantee they're illegal," Rutherford said. "That's the message. If you're out there running them, we may be in your place doing an undercover operation today."

The sheriff is also warning landlords of these facilities, to be aware that they could also face prosecution for housing the internet cafes as tenants.

"For those owners who wish support and invest in these illegal gambling practices, I can assure you that you are throwing away your valued resources in the trash. Those who have continued in the past we often seize exemplars in these operations and we are now seizing every piece of electronics in the business used to commit the crime," said Rutherford.  

Customers, however, said the low-stakes games they play are more entertaining than anything else.

"Stuff like this is really helping the public," Elhasan said, “Helping the older people with nothing to do, like losing $10, winning $10.”

Article source: http://www.news4jax.com/news/jacksonville-police-raid-new-internet-cafes/26902356

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Two Internet cafes were raided and five people arrested Friday in what Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said was an investigation into illegal gambling.

Two businesses operating under the name "Senior Social Centers" on Jacksonville's Westside were raided by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in a joint operation with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney's Office. Police had the businesses on Normandy and Blanding boulevards closed and officers were seen carrying out computer equipment and records.

Rutherford said these businesses were offering slot machine and other gambling play on computer terminals.

"It is clear these businesses were offering casino-style games of chance," Rutherford said.

Undercover officers documented the gambling by using the online games. He said they won up to $136, but more often lost money using the terminals.

Five employees of the businesses were arrested on charges of possession of a gambling device and keeping a gambling house.  Shonderika Lowery, Gynarva Monroe, Antonio Hodges, Joyce McCaffrey and Felicia Maxwell were all arrested and booked into the Duval County jail Friday afternoon.  

JSO booking photos of (from left) Felicia Maxwell, Joyce McCaffrey, Gynarva Monroe, Shonderika Lowery and Antonio Hodges

Patrons at businesses when they were raided were questioned and released without facing any charges.

Other patrons who arrived after the raid, including Johnnie Elhasan, were turned away.

“Cops told me, 'Your not allowed to go in. We are shutting the place down,'” Elhasan said. “They shut it down and open it, shut it down and open it. The government looks like they don't know what they are doing, honestly.”

The two locations raided Friday were among several locations of "Pete's Retreat" that were raided in April.  No arrests were made in that raid.

In a statewide crackdown on the Internet gaming centers last year, 49 Allied Veterans of the World locations were closed and 57 people were arrested on racketeering, gambling and money laundering charges. A Jacksonville lawyer -- Kelly Mathis -- who prosecutors called the mastermind of the scheme, was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison.

The sheriff said he wants to be clear to those who keep reopening these businesses that he will not tolerate illegal gambling in Jacksonville.

"If you're given payouts through these machines, you can pretty much guarantee they're illegal," Rutherford said. "That's the message. If you're out there running them, we may be in your place doing an undercover operation today."

The sheriff is also warning landlords of these facilities, to be aware that they could also face prosecution for housing the internet cafes as tenants.

"For those owners who wish support and invest in these illegal gambling practices, I can assure you that you are throwing away your valued resources in the trash. Those who have continued in the past we often seize exemplars in these operations and we are now seizing every piece of electronics in the business used to commit the crime," said Rutherford.  

Customers, however, said the low-stakes games they play are more entertaining than anything else.

"Stuff like this is really helping the public," Elhasan said, “Helping the older people with nothing to do, like losing $10, winning $10.”

POMONA - A Victorville man was arrested on suspicion of running an illegal gambling operation and the computer equipment at the internet cafe he manages was confiscated by Pomona police during a raid by vice officers, police said today.

The raid at the Computer Zone at 1648 Indian Hill Blvd. took place about 6 p.m. Thursday, according to Pomona police Lt. Chuck Becker.

Vice officers, Becker said, began the investigation at the Internet cafe after numerous complaints from local residents.

During the raid, 25-year-old Kenyda Davis who identified himself as the cafe’s manager, was arrested for operating an illegal gambling operation, Becker said. Davis was issued a citation and released at the scene.

Pomona vice officers also confiscated 11 computers, computer accessories and an unidentified amount of cash as evidence, according to Becker.

An ordinance for a permanent ban is expected to come before the City Commission in August. The board previously approved a six-month moratorium in January and eventually extended it to Sept. 18.

"The moratorium just buys time to come up with a more permanent solution, in a nutshell," Assistant City Attorney Sean McDermott said.

The proposed ordinance would establish a prohibition on Internet cafes in the city's land development code that would be effective immediately upon getting the City Commission's final approval, he said.

"Across the city, it's going to essentially prohibit anything that's termed ‘simulated gambling establishments,' " he said, which are commonly known as Internet cafes.

The first reading of the prohibition ordinance is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 7 with a second reading, if the City Commission decides to move forward with it, on Aug. 21, McDermott said. The City Plan Board already voted in late June to recommend approval of the ordinance.

Around two dozen Internet cafes had surfaced in Gainesville back in 2011, where customers apparently bought Internet time and in return received sweepstakes entries that displayed cash prizes as simulated slots shown on a computer screen.

Allied Veterans of the World, an Internet cafe operator, became the subject of a criminal investigation on allegations it donated a fraction of the money it brought in to veterans organizations while pocketing hundreds of millions of dollars instead.

Jennifer Carroll, Florida's former lieutenant governor, had been a prior consultant for Allied Veterans and ended up resigning in the midst of the investigation, which resulted in dozens of indictments.

Although the Florida Legislature passed a law in the spring of 2013 that was intended to shut down these operations, the law wasn't an outright ban. Instead, it prohibited the cash prizes, computer equipment and gift cards that were used at such establishments.

Eventually, Internet cafes began opening again around Florida, including two in Gainesville.

Gator Hot Spots, located at 2109 NW 13th St., was raided by police and shut down in September, while Royal Sweepstakes, another cafe located at 2615 NW 13th St., eventually closed, too.

Gainesville Police Department spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said it's up to the State Attorney's Office whether to bring charges against the owner of Gator Hot Spots, Terry Land.

With Gator Hot Spots and Royal Sweepstakes both out of commission, Tobias said there don't appear to be any other cafes running in Gainesville.

"We aren't aware of any operating right now, and we keep a pretty good lookout on it," he said.

Contact Morgan Watkins at 338-3104 or morgan.watkins@gainesville.com.

Article source: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140707/ARTICLES/140709756