Etowah County DA drops gambling charges


GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — The Etowah County district attorney has dismissed gambling charges against a Gadsden woman because he said her case was a staged event to try to get electronic bingo machines approved for the county.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Department arrested 51-year-old Michelle Garbe on Friday and charging her with possession of a gambling device and promoting gambling. She was charged after two machines were found at a Gadsden business.

District Attorney Jimmie Harp said Garbe and CBS Supply staged the event in an effort to obtain an electronic bingo permit through the court system after the sheriff recently denied one. CBS Supply wants to build an electronic bingo development in Etowah County. The district attorney said his office won't be used as a mechanism to determine the legality of electronic bingo.

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