Northwest Ohio city looks to crack down on nuisance bars


LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A city in northwest Ohio is looking to take quicker action against troubled bars following a murder and a shooting this year at one local establishment.

The Lima News reports (http://bit.ly/29XOBJU ) the city of Lima’s law director recently announced plans to go after bars with a history of violence.

Tony Geiger tells the newspaper that the process involves filing a complaint in court under the city’s nuisance law. If approved by a judge, a bar could be closed for up to a year. He says drunken fights, shootings and stabbings are a public nuisance.

Lima Mayor David Berger says the nuisance abatement process allows the city to act more quickly compared with trying to close down a bar by taking away its liquor license.

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Information from: The Lima News, http://www.limanews.com

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