August 1, 1965: Authorities report 26 arrested in gambling raid in Superior

On this day across the bay in 1965, Superior Police and the Wisconsin State Beverage and tax Department announced that 26 local men had been arrested for gambling during an early morning raid the previous day. Six of the men were charged with keeping a gambling establishment—one at 507 Tower Avenue and the other at 517 Tower Avenue—and faced a fine of $5,000 each and a year in prison. They included Dave Weiner, Joseph Petroski, Morris Kadecovits, Edward Mrozik of Superior and Duluthians Lawrence and Patrick Diskin. The patrons of the gambling den faced $500 fines and possibly a year in prison as well. Those arrested included thirteen Superiorites, twelve Duluthians, and one Minneapolitan. The Superior patrons were Stanley Verick, Hubert Cloutier, Vernon Gunderson, Oscar Broman, Eugene Gunderson, Page Branca, Fred Petrocke, Anthony Brisk, and Irving Rosen. Those from Duluth were listed as William Dumas, Michael Surowski, James Reilly, Terrance Seguin, Delysle Neimuth, Eugene Banet, Jacob Magera, Dale Nelson, Edward Anderson, and Jerome Nyrud. Roger Donley was the man from Minneapolis.  According to Superior police, while raids on gambling dens were not uncommon, it was “very unusual” to capture as many as twenty-six gamblers. The article failed to mention exactly what the nature of the gambling had been.

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