Cockfighting, Illegal Gambling Ring Run From Video Games Store Leads to 7 Felony Charges Against Owner

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Bee Her, 35, had been under investigation since last year for various criminal activity including cockfighting, illegal gambling and a possible prostitution ring at his Schofield business location, the Journal Sentinel reports.

In March, the Weston, Wisconsin, resident was charged with a total of seven felonies related to training animals to fight  and  mistreating an animal resulting in death, in connection with a cockfighting operation run out of his Video and Games store, according to 

Other charges against Her are related to illegal gambling, prosecutors report.  

Everest Metro Police Department told  WSAW News that they received an anonymous letter more than one year ago requesting investigators look into possible drug activity and prostitution being conducted  out of  Video and Games, located at 908 Grand Avenue in Schofield.

In January, an informant told police Her had additional illegal gambling machines in St. Paul, and also was believed to be buying methamphetamine in the twin cities to sell in Wausau, according to the police report.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the business location and found illegal gambling machines, poker chips, receipts and cash, according to the criminal complaint filed against Her.

The report states that they also found marijuana and a pipe typically used for smoking methamphetamine, WSAW reports.

These discoveries led officers to extend their investigation to include Her's home, where they found more than $6,000 in cash, along with 24 roosters in individual cages and about 24 free-roaming hens. Some of the roosters had suspicious wounds. 

Detectives state that they showed photographs of the birds to the department's humane officer and a veterinarian, both of whom confirmed that the injuries and missing feathers appeared consistent with cockfighting.

Her remains behind bars in the Marathon County Jail on a $10,000 signature bond and will be released if he is able to post the first $2,500 in cash. However, it appears he could reach a plea deal with prosecutors, according to WSAW .

His August 15 court date now shows it is a plea hearing. the station reports.

Sources: JS Online, WSAW