March 14, 2013
POLICE in Warrington, Bucks County, say that a secretary for a Bucks County ambulance company stole $642,000 from the nonprofit over four years, allegedly to support a gambling habit. The Bucks County Courier Times reports that Danette Lewchick, 56, was sent to Bucks County prison Monday after being unable to post $25,000 bail on theft and related charges. Authorities say she became the Warrington Community Ambulance's financial secretary in 2008. She allegedly took money from the company's account and put it toward her personal use. Her attorney, Jeffrey Solar, says she has "a severe gambling addiction.
February 22, 2012
Mateen Johnson couldn't lose at Parx Casino's blackjack tables, winning $2,500 Friday night. But the 34-year-old Altoona man's luck ran out Saturday morning, when a Bensalem Township police officer "came across him" and arrested him on outstanding drug charges. Now, Johnson and his winnings are being held in Blair County Prison. Altoona police said that when Johnson cashed out on Friday, Parx officials checked his identification, learned of a warrant, and called police. But Johnson's arrest was strictly "a coincidence," Bensalem Sgt. Andrew Aninsman said Tuesday.
August 18, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Top officials from Parx Casino say they've stepped up patrols of the parking lot to combat the problem of parents leaving children unattended in cars at the Bensalem gambling hall while they're gambling. Parx chief executive Leonard DeAngelo and chief counsel Thomas Bonner testified Thursday before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in Harrisburg. Bonner says the casino, which is next to the Philadelphia Park racetrack, has added a second around-the-clock security patrol in the parking lot and a third vehicle during peak weekend periods.
March 15, 2013
A woman was arrested at Parx Casino in Bensalem this month for smashing a beer bottle over the head of a fellow slots player who blew cigarette smoke in her face, according to police records. Dana Sarne, 30, of Morrisville, asked Paula White to extinguish her cigarette while the two were playing slots March 4, records say. Sarne said the smoke was irritating her asthma. According to the records, the two were in the casino's smoking section. White would not put out the cigarette, records say, and then blew smoke in Sarne's face.
February 26, 2014 |
Four of the five applicants for Philadelphia's second casino license are scheduled to make 15-minute final arguments at a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hearing Wednesday, as allowed by state regulations. The presentations by lawyers are not supposed to include new evidence. Only the backers of the Philadelphia Live! proposal in South Philadelphia have decided to forgo the opportunity, according to the agenda for this week's meeting. However, Philadelphia Live!'s sponsors, Cordish Co. and Greenwood Racing Inc., have asked the board for permission to reopen the record to clarify "technical issues" regarding ownership interests of Greenwood Racing Inc., which owns Parx Casino.
December 16, 2014 |
R OBERT IRVINE is getting people buff in Philly for the Food Network. My spies spotted the "Restaurant: Impossible" host at the Sporting Club at the Bellevue last week working out with a hefty partner. Sources tell me that Irvine is working on a new show called "Fitness: Impossible" that will get a Food Network debut next month. I hear it's "a cooler version of 'The Biggest Loser.' " The show is being filmed all over with Philly, Bucks County and New Orleans as locations.
May 2, 2011 |
WHEN DWAYNE JONES was told he wasn't playing craps by house rules at Harrah's Chester casino in January, he allegedly decided to ratchet it up a notch and not play by any rules. Jones told a casino supervisor he planned to stomp his boot down his throat, police said. Then he threatened to shoot the supervisor in the head. Jones, 27, of Chester, then made threats against other players at the table, saying he planned to come back and shoot them, too, police said. When told he was no longer welcome at Harrah's, police said Jones claimed "he was only making a death threat against the dice.
July 31, 2011 |
A 29-year-old area man was arrested and jailed Saturday after security officers at Parx Casino in Bensalem discovered a six-year-old child unattended in a locked car in the parking lot. Bensalem Police said Sunday that no one was available to provide details. However, Parx spokeswoman Carrie Nork-Minelli confirmed that the incident had occurred. According to news reports, the man was in the casino gambling at the time. The child had been in the car for less than 10 minutes and was unharmed.
February 8, 2013 |
Parx Casino will give $250,000 each year to sponsor the Philly Cycling Classic in 2013 and 2014, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady said Thursday. Parx will be the name sponsor for the June 2 race, which just weeks ago was thought dead for this year after previous organizers were unable to find new sponsors. Parx is joined by New Penn Financial, which will contribute $100,000 for 2013. Also, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union will contribute $50,000 this year, and Sunoco $25,000. This year's race is expected to be shorter than the traditional one but will retain its key feature, the climb up the Manayunk Wall.
August 8, 2011
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has formally asked that representatives of Parx Casino appear Aug. 18 in Harrisburg to discuss the Bensalem casino's plan to deal with the problem with adults leaving children in vehicles while the adults gamble. The call to the board's monthly meeting is "for informational purposes," said spokesman Doug Harbach. The board wants to hear first hand from Parx officials about efforts undertaken since the casino submitted a plan of action on Aug. 19, 2010, to deal with the ongoing probem, Harbach said.