S'ville bar charged with illegal gambling on Super Bowl

2013-02-04T12:23:00Z 2013-02-05T18:36:08Z S'ville bar charged with illegal gambling on Super BowlLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

SCHERERVILLE | Indiana State Excise police cited a Schererville bar with three charges Sunday related to more than $200,000 in illegal Super Bowl gambling by some 400 people, investigators announced.

Authorities said the investigation into Spike's Lakeside Inn, 21 E. Joliet St., is ongoing.

Officers were called to the bar Sunday on an anonymous tip regarding illegal gambling.

The bar was cited with three violations of the state Alcoholic Beverage Code, including public nuisance, failure to maintain good character and reputation along with a violation of gaming endorsement.

Excise police said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges against the bar are possible.

Police said as many as 400 people were involved in the alleged illegal gambling at the bar Sunday. They could face criminal charges of unlawful gambling, a Class B misdemeanor, police said.

Excise officers seized three Super Bowl gambling boards from Spike's, each of which contained 100 squares costing participants $100 or $1,000 per chance. Some squares were sold to more than one person, police said.

A representative of Spike's turned over $204,367 to excise police Monday in connection with the investigation, according to police.

David "Spike" Jaroszewski, owner of Spike's, was contacted at the bar Monday and directed calls to his attorney, Paul Stracci, of Merrillville.

"At this early stage, I have no comment," Stracci said Monday afternoon.

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