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Fire Co. cancels bingo for two nights

June 09, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

CLEAR SPRING - Bingo at Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. will not be held Saturday or Tuesday, June 13, President Ronald Poole said Thursday.

"We're going to take a vacation (from it)," he said. "We have to regroup."

The decision was made following Wednesday night's meeting, at which two company members were forbidden from involvement in bingo while an investigation into alleged wrongdoing takes place.

The Washington County Gaming Office and Maryland State Police are investigating alleged violations of bingo and tip jar operations at the fire company.

Poole said bingo would resume Saturday, June 17, and be held Saturdays and Tuesdays.

About 12 volunteers help on bingo nights, not including 10 people who prepare food, he said.

"Basically, it's going to be the same people working it, but minus the two," Poole said. "We know one rule we broke, so let's fix it."

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Members voted Wednesday to forbid Tom Altman and Wanda Lynch from participating in bingo operations or being on the company's property during the investigation. Altman was responsible for overseeing the station's bingo operations, Poole said. Lynch was performing the function of treasurer, he said.

"I hope things will get turned around and get some people involved as far as the bingo," he said. "It will work out."

The fire company's auditor is working with the gaming office on the fire department's books, Poole said.

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