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T00wnsend Continued from page 17 pens when everybody gets backed into a corner and we have nowhere else to go," he said. State police made arrest The Governor's Warrant process began on Aug. 24 when Townsend elected against going back to Las Vegas voluntarily at this time to face the charges. Ac- cording to Delaware State Police detective Sgt. Ken Sutton, who does property and financial inves- tigations in Sussex County, Townsend was arrested in late Ju- ly or early August after a warrant was received from Nevada. "We arrested him as a fugitive from Las Vegas on the basis of a war- rant obtained by Nevada's attor- ney general's office," said Sutton this week. "He allegedly received checks from two casinos out there. which he cashed and then gam- bled away," said Sutton. "He owes them some money and the attorney general's office out there is asking for some help in making it good. After they received a warrant out there, they contacted the Delaware State Police for help in contacting Mr. Townsend and arresting him as being a fugitive from Nevada. It's a felony war- rant and that's extraditable. It was a formal request and we abided by the request." Sutton said Townsend came in on his own after being contacted, was arrested and then was ar- raigned on the charges at Court 3 in Georgetown. "He was given the opportunity to fight extradition or postpone an extradition hearing to a later date. That requires post- ing of a secured bond and he put up $1,000 cash," said Sutton. Sutton said the extradition hear- ing was set for Aug. 24 but that was continued for 60 days when it became clear that Townsend wasn't going back to Las Vegas right away. "That's when the people in Las Vegas decided to go for the Go,;,emor's Warrant," said Sutton. 'q'hey want him back in Las Vegas to stand charges. Right now state police detectives are waiting for a Governor's Warrant. When it's obtained it will be exe- cuted. Mr. Townsend will then be charged, arrested and held until they [authorities from Nevada] come to pick him up. I expect that some time in October," said Sut- ton. "I understand there have been negotiations between Pete's attorney and the Las Vegas au- thorities and that if the bad debt goes away the charges go away." Rumors swirling There has been a swirl of ru- mors surrounding this case since late summer. Sutton said a num- ber of rumors, including talk of mobsters using strong-arm tactics trying to ge t the money, have been- picked up by the Delaware State Police. "We've heard those ru- mors and they have been investi- gated and not substantiated," said Sutton. The rumors have also raised questions through the community regarding Townsend's business enterprises, including The Road- house, Pasta Bowl, Roadster's and Jungle Jim's Adventure World, all of which Townsend has had an active interest in. Road- ster's recently closed for the sea- son and The Roadhouse and Pasta Bowl are continuing to operate as usual, according to people within the organization. Townsend is well-known in the Rehoboth Beach and Lewes area for his business ventures and for DOTTIE DARLEY OF HAIR ARTISTRY AND JENNIFER MELVIN A.RE PLEASED TO WELCOME... HAIR ARTISTRY 108 2ND ST. (WALSH BU.ILDING) DAYTIME WALK-iNS WELCOME- EVENING HOURS BY APPT. 645-7167 i . . . . CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 25 - October 1, 1998 - 19 his many efforts on behalf of corn- care Center in Lewes. Ms. Brad- Late 0bituarv munity organizations - especially ford wasa secretary at Bethesda Rehoboth Beach Little League. Naval Hospital for 20 years, retir: Alan Feldman, vice president ing in 1971. She is survived by a for public affairs for The Mirage in Helen C. 'RrarlFo"tlu , ,,., niece, Lois A. Rayner of Re- Las Vegas, said that customers are hoboth Beach, and several other expected to close out their ac- retired secretary nieces and nephews. Services will counts when they leave. "I won't Helen C. Bradford, 79, of Re- be private and contributions are comment on any cases specifical- hoboth Beach, died Tuesday, suggested to the Rehoboth Beach ly," said Feldman, "but in general Sept. 22, 1998, at Harbor Health- Voluntee+r Fire Company. if processing of a settlement - should proceed to be unsuccessful, we proceed to normal means of debt collection. If someone is less than forthcoming, then we pursue the matter as fraud." Feldman said that casinos typi- Y 0 U R 6 M S T 0 R [ AT T H [ S H 0 R E cally will cash counter checks for customers if proper information is ! received and if bank information o 1 verifies a customer's ability to cover those checks. "If the credit checks out and the bank approves, we will accept a check and exchange it for gaming    . tokens. 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