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Business license revoked for brother of Sheriff Mark Pettway

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

GRAYSVILLE — The City of Graysville has revoked a business license previously granted to the brother of Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway.

Bruce Pettway was planning to open a casino business in Graysville, according to Mayor James Clark “Julio” Davis. But as of Tuesday, April 2, his business license was revoked.

City Clerk Kathy Dumas said Bruce Pettway requested his business license be revoked.

The license was issued on March 1, 2019, just weeks before Sheriff Pettway announced he no longer planned to investigate illegal gambling operations in the county. When asked if the issue presented a conflict of interest, Captain David Agee with the sheriff’s office said he had no knowledge of Bruce Pettway’s business. Agee also said if Bruce Pettway did have a gambling operation, it would not affect their decision to leave those types of investigations to local municipalities.

Agee said gambling investigations cost the county money that could be spent elsewhere.

Attorney General Steve Marshall commended the Walker County Sheriff in March for taking action to shut down new electronic bingo halls. Marshall also said his office would handle illegal gambling operations that local agencies do not work to prosecute.

“Should local agencies in other jurisdictions fail to enforce State laws on gambling, my office will take action as needed to hold the perpetrators accountable,” said Marshall.

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