Liquor Control Enforcement

Two men were cited on gambling-related charges at The Pub in Mahoningtown.

The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement this week charged Timothy Dale Iwanejko, 56, of 513 W. Madison Ave., and Joseph J. Gorgacz Jr., 71, of 1206 Miller Road with one count each of gambling devices, allowing gambling and allowing gambling on the premises.

Court records identify Iwanejko as the owner and board-approved manager of The Pub, and Gorgacz as co-owner and vice president of The Pub.

According to police, an undercover liquor enforcement officer received a payout after playing a draw poker machine at the bar on Nov. 14, and observed payouts following play on the same machine on Dec. 12, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21, April 23 and April 28.

On April 30, two liquor enforcement officers went to The Pub and seized two draw poker video devices, including one that had been marked on Nov. 14 by another agent.

On July 1, the devices were inspected and determined to be unlawful gambling devices and illegal to maintain under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.

In addition to The Pub, 34 other Lawrence County clubs and bars were raided April 30 by liquor enforcement officials who seized 74 machines and collected more than $80,000 allegedly linked to illegal gambling.

To date, 26 of them have been cited for liquor license violations of permitting illegal gambling on the premises and four other individuals have been cited.

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