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Sixty machines seized in Henry gambling search

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police, aided by Henry County Police, arrested the owner of an alleged gambling parlor in Jonesboro and seized dozens of video gaming machines from the man's Henry home, authorities said.

Timothy Michael Peek, 29, of Stockbridge, was arrested Wednesday evening when police executed a search warrant on his home at 542 Knoll Wood Drive around 7 p.m., according to Lt. Robert Bridgeman, of the Clayton County Police Department's Narcotics Unit.

Bridgeman said Peek is the owner of Our Place, located at 1973 Ga. Highway 138 in Jonesboro. It is one of two alleged gambling parlors raided in Jonesboro on Wednesday.

Police seized 60 video gaming machines at Peek's home, according to Bridgeman. "All of the machines at his residence were seized for condemnation," Bridgeman said.

Peek is charged with gambling, commercial gambling, and keeping a place of gambling, said Bridgeman. He said Peek was initially taken to the Henry County Jail, and later transported to the Clayton County Jail.

Four people were arrested at Our Place, Wednesday, on gambling charges. Three of the four were charged with gambling and commercial gambling. They were Brian Ellison, 37, of Jonesboro; Ross Clark, 36, of Jonesboro; and Antoine Palacios-Lopez, 49, of Stockbridge, according to Officer Kevin Hughes, a Clayton County Police Department spokesman.

Also arrested at Our Place was Norman Brown, 37, of Stockbridge. He was charged with gambling, commercial gambling, and keeping a place of gambling, according to Hughes.

Clayton Police also raided Jan's Billiards, located at 1820 Noah's Ark Road in Jonesboro, on Wednesday, and arrested one person. Jan Riggi, 52, of Jonesboro, was charged with gambling, commercial gambling, keeping a place of gambling, and ownership, manufacturing, transfer or possession of gambling device equipment, said Hughes.

Thirty-six video poker machines were seized from the two alleged gambling sites, Bridgeman said Thursday.