WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama State Attorney General Steve Marshall is commending Walker County leaders after closing illegal electronic bingo halls.
Walker County deputies raided a location along Highway 5 last week.
“Here recently over the last few weeks we have been having some of the skilled games, or I guess better known as bingo, open up in the Carbon Hill area and in the other areas of Walker County,“ Sheriff Nick Smith said.
Smith said he and other county leaders made the decision to meet with Attorney General Steve Marshall for guidance.
“Director Key and I went to Montgomery to find out if these type of skilled games were legal or illegal and we were told that they were illegal,“ Smith said.
Some neighbors told CBS 42 they would like to see the issue put to a vote.
“I think they need to just go ahead and legalize it, there is gambling in every state around Alabama, like the lottery and all so if Alabama wants to ever come up with any more money they need to come up with something like this instead of taxing the people,“ Johnny Cagle who lives in Walker County said.
Unless legislators come up with a revised law, Smith will continue to monitor the county for any illegal activity.
“I am charged with enforcing the law and that’s what we’re going to do,“ Smith said.
Since his election, Smith said his office has also been busy cleaning up the jail, assembling a multi-jurisdictional drug task force, and creating substations to spread resources across the county.
“We hit the ground running we are trying to make a lot of positive changes for Walker County, we’re trying to change our image here at the sheriff’s department,“ Smith said.
Stay with CBS 42 for more on those projects throughout the week.