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Liquor Board issues citation to Waynesboro's Eagles Club

October 27, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro's Eagles Club Inc. recently received a citation from the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement alleging violations of state liquor laws, according to a state police news release.

The citation accuses the club, at 16-22 E. Main St., of illegally paying out more than $5,000 a week in small games of chance, using proceeds for things other than charity work or purchasing more gaming material, and operating outside the confines of its charter, the news release said. No additional information on the allegations was available Tuesday.

Officer S. Clever audited the weeks of Dec. 28, 2008, to Jan. 3, 2009; Jan. 11 to Jan. 17; and Feb. 8 to Feb. 14. Random seven-day periods are selected for investigation, she said.

Club officials must decide whether to contest the charges through a hearing before an administrative law judge, according to Clever.

The charges could bring penalties ranging from $50 to $5,000. Also, an administrative law judge can suspend or revoke a club's license or order training on the requirements of the license, the news release said.

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Eagles Club Manager Edward Snodderly was unavailable for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Other Franklin County, Pa., clubs -- such as Waynesboro's Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15 and Chambersburg's Hume McNeal Byers AMVETS Post 224 -- have received citations from the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement in the past six months alleging similar violations.

American Legion Post 15 did not serve alcohol or allow gambling for a 30-day period starting Sept. 21 under its punishment for payouts and failing to properly maintain records, according to published reports.

Investigators alleged AMVETS Post 224 also paid out more than $5,000 a week and failed to keep complete records.

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