Oct 19, 2012

Poker Raid Follow-Up

There is NO truth to the spreading rumor that local law enforcement agencies raided a local game of FISH in their now-familiar guns-drawn mode last night.

The facts on this matter are as follows:

- It was just the little 4yo brother of one of the participating 7yo's, entering the room to show off his crimer-fighter Halloween costume to the older kids.

At least we think that's what happened.  But all bets are off in this town.  Just hit up any of the gentlemen from the Van Dam Street poker game that was recently raided --- and ask if they've gotten any word on when (or IF) they ever get their TV, refrigerator or food back.

Yes, you read that correctly: they even took the food!  Our finest must have a little extra pocket change, given they didn't need to buy lunch a couple times in the past few days!

In other developments, Nanoburgh has learned that the personnel tally on the original incident is as follows:

* 13 Players
* 15 Participating Law Enforcement Officers

Also: they showed up with one of those door-busters, ready to rumble. Fortunately for all involved, the door was wide open and they were able to stroll right in.

OK, we need to run. Our squawk box police scanner is blaring an all hands directive; something about a deck of cards being seen at one of the city's retirement homes.  We're on our way. Full report on News at 6....


Oct 10, 2012

Blues Traveler at Putnam Den??

Tis true: the Grammy winners play a rare small-club date right here in the Spa City on Monday night.  You know Blues Traveler; they're the band with the big guy out front chomping on harmonicas and making glorious noises while he does so. The word is: he's not so big anymore, either.

Tickets are $28, available at the Putnam Den (that joint right behind Uncommon Grounds and across from the library).

Here's a preview:

Now how's that for a Monday night at the Spa'aaaaaaaaaaaa?


It's A Raid: Poker Police on the Prowl

Exclusive! As First Reported Here on Nanoburgh!

Yeah, that's how the brain-dead media approaches the news: it only counts if you were the first to report it. You ever watch reporters dashing out of a courtroom after a verdict is read? It's like a 100-yard Olympic dash. Content or perspective (or accuracy for that mater) doesn't seem to count; it's all about speed. So, we'll play that game today, just for kicks...

Anyways, here's what we got:

- A low-stakes poker game was raided on Monday night in Saratoga.
- The location: the former #2 School building on Van Dam Street.
- Over a dozen individuals were in the middle of their weekly get-together when personnel from several agencies (city, county, other) came barreling in.
- The two hosts were charged with some variation of the "promoting gambling" statute.
- The others were not, but required to give over their name, address and phone numbers and told to basically sit by the tell'y.

So, why has this not been reported in the city paper, or any other outlet for that matter?

The answer is this: the law enforcement agencies are after other (and hopefully bigger) fish in this poker pond. Yes, they are planning more raids in the very near future, and are trying their best to keep this initial move quiet so as not to tip off others. So they have not published these arrests for that reason.

There you have it: in a city awash with unsolved violent crimes and public corruption allegations, our public safety resources are charged with breaking up private poker games.

Isn't that just the nuts?


Oct 3, 2012

Fill That Bowl!

How about it, Saratoga?  Are you ready for your first hookah lounge?

Well, you'd better be! Stay tuned. You heard it here first.

Kinda weird, isn't it? But WTF...