SLOTS NUMBERS DOWN
October was not a good month for the two tribal-owned casinos in the area, at least as far as slot revenues go. Mohegan Sun reports a 10-point-6 percent decline compared to October 2017, while Foxwoods earlier this week reported a 10-percent drop for the same time period. Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission says MGM Springfield kept 14-point-6 million dollars in slots revenues in October, 3-and-a-half million less than September, which was the facility’s first full month of operation.
NO PRISON TIME FOR FORMER DEALER
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – A former blackjack dealer at a local casino who helped a gambler cheat the facility out of more than $78,000 has avoided prison. 55-year-old Roy Mariano was sentenced Thursday to five years of probation. He pleaded guilty in February to second-degree larceny. Authorities say the Mohegan Sun worker was approached in 2015 by Marlene Rivera, who said she would pay him if he gave her extra chips when she won. Mariano, of New London, who had worked at the casino since it opened in 1996, told investigators he was unhappy about a reduction in his work hours and needed the extra money. Together they cheated the casino out of more than $78,000. Mariano apologized in court. Rivera was previously sentenced to a year in prison.
HEALTH CARE CENTER PROPOSED IN MYSTIC
Hartford Healthcare has announced plans to build a 20-million dollar health facility off Jerry Brown Road in Mystic. It’s part of phase three of the planned Perkins farm development, which also includes apartments and condominiums. The three-story, 7-thousand square foot facility would offer primary care, and other medical services. A site plan application has been submitted to the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission. A public hearing could be held as early as January. Hartford Healthcare is also building a 25-thousand square foot medical facility at the site of the former Maple Breeze park on Route 2 in Pawcatuck.
LET ‘EM SUE!!
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs benefits can sue the military. Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Haight Jr. on Thursday certified a class-action lawsuit against Navy Secretary Richard Spencer by veterans who say they were given less-than-honorable discharges for minor infractions linked to untreated mental health problems. The discharge designation prevents them from getting VA health benefits. Navy officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment Friday. The lead plaintiff, Marine veteran Tyson Manker, of Jacksonville, Illinois, called Thursday’s ruling a victory for tens of thousands of military veterans. Yale Law School students are representing the veterans and have filed a similar lawsuit against the Army.
CASINO PATRON CHARGED WITH LEAVING CHILD IN CAR
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) – Police have charged a man they say left his 4-year-old daughter locked inside his car for more than half an hour while he was inside a Rhode Island casino. Jose Funes, of Cumberland, faces a charge of child neglect. Lincoln police responded to the Twin River Casino last weekend after security personnel found the girl crying inside a car in the parking lot. They opened the car and cared for the girl.
They estimate she was in the car for 30 to 40 minutes when the temperature outside was 36 degrees. Police say when they found the 27-year-old Funes inside the casino he appeared to be intoxicated. The child’s mother came and picked up the child and the case was referred to state child welfare officials.