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Three charged with holding illegal fundraiser appear in court

May 25, 2007

The founder of the Hagerstown Heat All-Stars and two coaches charged with holding an illegal fundraiser for the cheerleading group in February 2006 appeared Thursday afternoon in Washington County Circuit Court.

Anna Lois Miles, who is charged with gambling in connection with the Feb. 17, 2006, basket bingo fundraiser at the Boonsboro Fire Co., requested a jury trial, so her case will be forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court.

Hagerstown Heat coaches Charles William Buffington, 37, of 80 Byron Drive in Smithsburg, and Suzette Nichole Durbarow, 34, of 13341 Draper Road in Clear Spring, also were charged in connection with the fundraiser. Both coaches were charged with prohibited act of bingo, prohibited act operation of a tip jar, occupy a place for gambling and manage a place for gambling in connection with the fundraiser, according to charging documents.

Buffington was sentenced to serve probation before judgment after being found guilty of co-operating a tip jar and was ordered to serve 18 months of unsupervised probation. The other counts against Buffington were dropped.

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Durbarow also requested a jury trial.

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