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Police: Couple played poker with juveniles for money

BEAVER SPRINGS — A local couple is being charged for their alleged involvement in teaching youth how to play poker in their arcade in McClure.

A preliminary hearing for Robert L. Henry, 37, and Amanda J. Henry, 36, of Beaver Springs, is scheduled for Oct. 10 with Magisterial District Judge Lori

Hackenberg.

According to court documents, Middleburg Police Department was contacted on July 24 because juveniles were playing poker at Sharky’s Arcade, in McClure Borough. Documents indicate that the owner of the arcade plays poker and “invites a few people to play with him.”

A 16-year-old juvenile allegedly admitted to police that he had played poker in the arcade for money with the owner, Robert Henry.

On Aug. 16, police interviewed a 14-year-old who said he was invited by Robert and Amanda Henry to play poker and that “Henry taught him.”

The 14-year-old also allegedly told police that other juveniles under the age 18 would play poker with adults in the arcade room if no one was present. Court documents indicate that if others were present to see the game, it was moved into a back room.

Both defendants are being charged with conspiracy to allow gambling, allowing gambling, allowing gambling on premises and corruption of minors.

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