Task force commander sets deadline for Fairfield bingo halls

Birmingham, Al (WBRC) - The commander of the governor's illegal task force has given bingo hall operators in Fairfield until Friday night at 6:00 to shut down. John Tyson says the machines in these operations are illegal.

Bessemer cutoff District Attorney Arthur Green says he was made aware of the deadline but he says he was not going to order the operations to close until he hears from the Alabama Supreme Court. Green says he will not put people out of work until he knows who's going to run the task force.

Matt Tortorici with the Bessemer cutoff bingo alliance says they have gone to court and are seeking an injunction to stop any raid from the task force. Tortorici says there are no plans for the bingo operations to shut down.

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