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Pitcher Shawn Chacon arrested on unpaid gambling debts

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Shawn Chacon pitches for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 3, 2006, in Pittsburgh.

Authorities say they have arrested former major league pitcher Shawn Chacon at a Colorado bowling alley on charges related to unpaid gambling markers in Las Vegas.

Greeley police say Chacon was arrested Monday night and booked in the Weld County Jail.

The Las Vegas Sun reported Friday that Chacon faces a felony charge in connection with three bad checks written for $50,000 to Caesars Palace in March. The Sun obtained a copy of a criminal complaint last week.

Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said the Clark County District Attorney's office was seeking about $165,000 bail on the charge.

Chacon, who attended high school in Greeley, played for the Colorado Rockies, and he was an All-Star in 2003. He also played for the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 31-year-old Chacon is a onetime All-Star whose up-and-down career as a big league pitcher ended abruptly last year following a physical confrontation with the general manager of the Houston Astros.

Gary Thompson, a spokesman for Harrah’s Entertainment, which owns Caesars Palace, told the Sun last week the company does not comment on pending litigation.

Gambling debts are prosecuted as bad checks in Nevada.

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