CITY OFFICIALS ARE WAITING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN THE ONGOING LEGAL BATTLE OVER THE HARD ROCK CASINO BEING BUILT AT 4TH AND WATER STREETS.
MAYOR BOB SCOTT SAYS HE THINKS CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONTINUE WHILE THE LEGAL ISSUES BETWEEN PENN NATIONAL GAMING, SIOUX CITY ENTERTAINMENT, THE STATE RACING AND GAMING COMMISSION AND MRHD ARE RESOLVED.
THE CITY HAS COMMITTED 22 MILLION DOLLARS IN IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WEST END OF DOWNTOWN WHERE THE CASINO WOULD BE LOCATED:
THE MAYOR HOPES THE ISSUE CAN BE RESOLVED SOONER THAN LATER TO GET THE DOWNTOWN CASINO OPEN:
Criminal charges have been dropped in the case against a Sioux City man who was one of two men charged with stealing over $407,000 from the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The Iowa Attorney General's Office has dismissed all criminal charges filed against 60 year old Grady Marx.
Marx had been charged with four separate counts in connection with a State investigation of misconduct by co-defendant David Weigel, a former employee of the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Marx's attorney, Mark Weinhardt of Des Moines, released a statement from Marx saying Marx is very glad that the State ultimately realized his innocence in this matter, and that he is thrilled to be exonerated of the charges, and is thankful for the support he received from family and friends.
Criminal charges remain pending against David Weigel in the case, and as part of the dismissal of charges against him, Marx has agreed to cooperate with the State in its prosecution of Weigel.
Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission administrator Brian Ohorilko says the IRGC is studying Judge Robert Hanson's ruling Tuesday regarding Sioux City's Hard Rock Casino project.:
Ohoriko says the ruling puts a stay on granting a license for the new casino, but says the developer has the option to continue work on the building.
That work was continuing Wednesday with ongoing construction taking place at the site.
Ohorilko believes this is the first time the commission's granting of a license has been held up by court action, and that the entire situation with Penn National and the non-profit Missouri River Historical Development (MHRD) has been unusual.
The I-R-G-C had said the riverboat would continue operating until the new casino was open and operating.