Gaming Machines Owned by Stepson of FBI Most Wanted Fugitive Are Confiscated
NEW BEDFORD - Massachusetts State Police, in conjunction with several other agencies, have conducted raids on numerous businesses on the Southcoast.
Law enforcement agents were seen at multiple locations in New Bedford, Fairhaven, and other communities, confiscating so-called vending machines owned by Nutel Communications of Fall River. The machines have been targeted in the past, with officials calling them illegal gambling machines. The machines allow users to play games of chance, for free or for a fee, with prizes like prepaid phone cards or store credit being awarded for high scores. The machines have been the subject of court cases over the past decade.
Nutel Communications is owned by Stanley Webb.
A local business owner says Massachusetts State Police and other law enforcment personnel entered his establishment Tuesday, taking a machine owned by Stanley Webb. The business owner told WBSM News law enforcement officials told him they were specifically targeting Webb's machines, with plans to confiscate roughly 300 of Webb's machines throughout the area. The business owner did not wish to be identified while making his comments to WBSM News.
Stanley Webb and his mother, Lillian, are the subject of a civil suit out of Pennsylvania. The suit alleges that Stanley and Lillian may be withholding information on the whereabouts of Stanley's step-father, Donald Eugene Webb.
Donald Webb, a former New Bedford resident, is the prime suspect in the 1980 killing of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, Chief of Police Gregory Adams. Chief Adams was conducting a traffic stop involving a man believed to be Donald Webb on December 4, 1980 in Saxonburg. During the stop, Chief Adams was shot and pistol-whipped with his own service weapon. He was found dead at the scene. Chief Adams' murder is the longest-running cold case involving a police officer in U.S. history.
Earlier this year, FBI agents searched the home of Donald Webb's wife, finding a secret room that was hidden behind a closet. Inside the room, agents disclosed they had found a cane. Officials believe Donald Webb may have been shot during his alleged encounter with Chief Adams, and may have required the assistance of a cane to walk.
A reward of $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the capture of Webb, who would be 85 if he’s still alive.
Reached by phone Wednesday morning, Stanley Webb told WBSM News he does not feel the civil suit involving his step-father and the confiscation of his gaming machines are connected, and refused further comment.
The FBI Boston office, the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office, and Massachusetts State Police have also declined comment on the confiscation of Webb's machines.