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Liquor license review

By Regina Russo – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Council's Public Safety Committee heard from bar and club owners on Tuesday about why they should keep their liquor license.

They also heard from residents who think otherwise.

Bar owners say they are victims of misconception and like everyone else, crime.

Don Lack's troubles began when police raided his small Price Hill Bar in 2007.

"They searched some people and found drugs on them," said Lack. "Now, I have no idea what a person has in their pocket when they come in the door."

That incident caused west side residents to object to his liquor license renewal.

Across town, in the 15,000 square foot club Ritz, owner Andrew Williams knows something about perception. A fatal shooting took place at the bar 11 years ago New Year's Eve. Seven years later, rapper T.I. left the club and was involved in a fatal shooting miles away on the highway. Four years after that, the Roselawn community council questioned the club's liquor license because of a shooting on Valentine's weekend. The shooting didn't happen at the bar, but next to another business.

Williams says he and Don Lack are fighting the same problem we all are - crime and violence.

It's a problem that's going to find it's way to our doors, just like it's found its way to the steps of City Hall," said Williams.

"We have a vested interest in ensuring we have safe places for people to enjoy themselves," said Michael Cureton, Cincinnati's Assistant Police Chief.

And they will work the club management to make sure the establishments are safer, but he adds it's the club management's job, to ensure the community they're doing the same."

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