- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Police charge 18-year-old in shooting death; may have been accidental (12/11/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Three juveniles charged with making terrorist threat (12/11/16)
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)16
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)35
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
Casino patrons have bigger payoffs than expected
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- Customers who used the bill changing machine at Bluffs Run Casino found they had bigger payoffs than any gambling device in the place.
That's because the machine was spitting out hundreds instead of twenties.
"It went on for about six hours," said the casino's finance director, Janae Sternberg. When the machine was shut down, it turned up $46,640 short.
State records say casino employee Judith Roederer-Dillard -- who has since been fired -- mistakenly placed the $100 bills in the machine about 5 a.m. Dec. 18.
"You know, some of the guests had figured out that there was a malfunction and they went back -- over and over and over," Sternberg testified at Roederer-Dillard's unemployment-benefits hearing.
Casino spokeswoman Christie Scott said Thursday that the casino reviewed surveillance tapes to try to recover some of the money but had little luck.
Administrative law judge Teresa K. Hillary awarded Roederer-Dillard full unemployment benefits, saying there was no evidence of deliberate misconduct.