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Police raid Internet cafe in Liberty

February 23, 2013

LIBERTY — A Warren woman was one of two employees of an Internet cafe on Belmont Avenue arrested Friday morning during a raid at the establishment....

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Feb-25-13 11:16 AM

Your right as to the type of business NMC, but it is not legal. I say legalize it and collect the tax dollars it can generate. People will always gamble. It is vary much like prostitution, people are always going to patronize these places, so the state and local gooberment needs to regulate it. Our goobinor was looking at regulating these business'. I wonder what ever happened with that?

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Feb-24-13 5:57 PM

Your logic is well taken Bear but I doubt each operation is tied to organized crime. Sometime it really is all you see, a mom & pop industry looking to run a small business to live on...

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Feb-23-13 5:10 PM

Sorry folks, I stand my ground. My father-in-law and I used to debate prostitution. He said it was a victimless crime, nothing wrong with it. I said no, organized crime has its hands in prostitution operations, so every time you pay a hooker, some of that money finds its way back into someone putting a needle in some kid's arm.

Yes, I know, I know someone will throw back at me that I'm in favor of legalizing pot, which I am for many reasons, but no, never, not ******, hash, etc. And this stuff is all tied in with organized crime (what do you think, these stupid 5th grade dropout street punks fly down to Columbia to negotiate the deals themselves?). That is why I am opposed to anything that can be used as a front by organized crime, including unlicensed internet cafes.

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Feb-23-13 4:47 PM

NoMore, it's not often I agree with you "totally" but today I'm with you 100% on your post.

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Feb-23-13 4:42 PM

No bear that is not the reason, the state does not want any "competition" for "their" legalized gambling operations, as far as I'm concerned if the state can operate gambling legally then so can it's citizens, just a thought.

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Feb-23-13 3:20 PM

The Internet Cafes and Spas provide 'legitimate' fronts for organized crime.

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Feb-23-13 2:43 PM

If the law is wrong--no, if YOU FEEL the law is wrong--you work to change the law, you don't just break it.

All types of gaming and gambling are very heavily regulated to avoid infiltration by organized crime, and easy money laundering.

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Feb-23-13 2:20 PM

Here we go again, I suppose the internet cafe' is the Oriental Spa of 2013. A tax paying business, employer, adult entertainment, no victims, easy target?

Police receiving no complaints, calls for violence, drunks or drug activity but yet this became a priority?

Soon we'll have more empty buildings stripped of their metals, citizens defaulting on their business loans, leases, and forced into the welfare line. Yep here we go again, the City crushing struggling citizens only trying to feed their families...

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Feb-23-13 7:40 AM

Wow,,you did a great job Liberty Pd.

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Feb-23-13 6:47 AM

The Casino & Racino pay taxes to support Ohio. The internet cafe does not. I have estimates of as much as $1 BILLION lost in Ohio to these internet cafes.Time to close down these illegal operations - good for Liberty.

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Feb-23-13 5:47 AM

Iwas wondering when these idiots were going to start picking on these guys when they started whining about lost taxes. Agree with all you so far.

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Feb-23-13 3:59 AM

This is the kind of waste I think of when it comes time to vote for police levys.

Instead of focusing on violent crime....they waste manpower and taxpayer dollars going after these establishments.

Gee.....I feel so much safer now. {sarcasm}

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Feb-23-13 2:08 AM

Here we go again, raiding businesses that are doing no real harm when the actual crime rate is out the roof!

This is a waste of man power/hours.

Either gambling is legal or it isn't. Since we now have casinos I guess it is legal, so leave these guys alone!

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