Havelock police encouraging businesses to comply with sweepstakes law

Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM.

Jean’s Place at 33 East Main St., Internet Sweepstakes at 466 U.S. 70 West, Internet Connections at 103 Bells St., Falls Boys Inc. at 223 West Main St., BJ Billiards at 466 Westbrook Shopping Center, Ben’s Beach Bingo at 103 Bells St., and B and B Internet Access at 103 Bells St.

Cyrus said Friday that the police department would be considering guidelines from the N.C. League of Municipalities to determine the right course of action on dealing with businesses where the machines had been operating.

The Carteret County Sheriff’s office joined with Newport police in checking 13 businesses that had machines on Thursday. Of those, two were not in compliance with the new law, according to a release.

Sweepstakes Warehouse at Courtesy Town Square in Newport and H&D Express on N.C. 24 in Broad Creek shut down their machines upon request and were cooperative when informed they were not in compliance, the release said.

Businesses that violate the new law could be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor on the first offense, a Class H felony for the second offense and a Class G felony on the third or later offenses, according to the release. 

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