A three month investigation into the operation of illegal gambling machines at a game room near Tool resulted in arrests of the proprietors of the establishment and others thought to be involved in the operation, according to information from the Tool Police Department.

According to Tool Sergeant Kendell Wellman, around 7 p.m., Saturday, Henderson County Pct. 2 Constable Norman Terry and Deputy Constable Ed Miller were joined by the Tool officers in executing a search warrant at Pat and Don’s Game Room.

Since the game room is located outside the city limits at 1809 S. Tool Drive, Terry is heading up the investigation.

Eleven arrest warrants were issued for persons involved in the operation of illegal 8-liner gaming machines.

Six people were arrested.

According to records at the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, Donald Albert Ellison, 69, was booked into the Henderson County Jail, charged with keeping a gambling place and gambling promotion. He was released Sunday on bonds totaling $7,500 for the two charges.

Patricia Ellison, 59, was charged with keeping a gambling place, possession of a gambling device and gambling promotion. She was released Sunday after posting bonds totaling $12,500.

Also arrested Saturday was Gary Lee Crotzer, 64, on a charge of gambling promotion. He was released Sunday after posting a $2,500 bond.

Names of the other three arrested were unavailable as of Monday afternoon.

In addition, 16 citations were issued for illegal gambling during the incident. Authorities also seized 20 gambling machines and an undisclosed amount of cash, Wellman said.

The gambling operation was the second raided the Tool area in recent months.

A game room on State Highway 274 was shut down on Oct. 20, 2006, when police executed an evidentiary search warrant. Law officers seized 44 machines and $2,957 in cash during that incident.

Subsequent investigation resulted in several arrests later that year.

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