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Casino Crime Round Up: Louisiana Casino Closed After Accident



Posted on: February 9, 2024, 10:57h. 

Last updated on: February 9, 2024, 10:57h.

A broken cable led two workers to suffer injuries at a Louisiana casino on Wednesday. The casino was temporarily shuttered.

Belle of Baton Rouge Casino
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino sign, pictured above. Two workers there suffered injuries. The gaming site was closed temporarily. (Image: The Advocate.)

The men were rushed to a local hospital and were reported in stable condition as of earlier this week.

One suffered fractures and the other had shoulder and elbow pain as of Thursday, according to Baton Rouge TV station WVLA.

The incident took place at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino in Baton Rouge.

The cable was connected to a ramp, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. The incident caused lights, ceiling fans, and glass doors to fall to the floor, WVLA reported.

After the incident, the casino was temporarily closed.

Following an unfortunate incident, The Belle of Baton Rouge is closed as we thoroughly assess the situation and make all repairs,” the casino said in a statement.

“The health and safety of our guests and team members are always our top priority.”

The casino is owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties. It’s operated by CQ Holding.

The Belle of Baton Rouge is a riverboat casino, whose gaming floor is being placed on dry land.

Baby Dies at Casino-Hotel

Police are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death of a recently-born baby at Granite Falls, Minnesota’s Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort hotel.

The one-month-old child was found unresponsive on Thursday. The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office was notified at about 6:30 a.m.

EMTs tried to resuscitate the child. But the infant was declared dead at the hotel, according to Bring Me The News, a Minnesota regional news site.

An autopsy will be performed by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. The coroner’s office will likely reveal a cause of death.

“The case is currently under investigation, no further information is available at this time,” Upper Sioux Police Chief Dan DeSmet said in a statement.

Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort is a tribal gaming property that’s owned and operated by the Upper Sioux Community.

Burglary Suspect Arrested

A South Dakota man was apprehended this week following a theft at a Rapid City, S.D., gaming property.

Jeffery Engelien, 57, of Black Hawk, S.D., was charged Thursday after Tuesday’s early morning theft at Chance’s Casino.

A safe was broken into at the small gaming property. Thousands of dollars were stolen before the suspect fled.

Engelien later was charged with third-degree burglary. More charges are possible.

His case was turned over to local prosecutors.

Engelien was identified as a former worker at the gaming property.

A door was damaged during the theft. Local police didn’t reveal the cost to repair the door.

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