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CPD objects liquor license transfer for Mt. Adams bar

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MT. ADAMS, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Police say they're not too pleased with a bar in Mt. Adams - so much so, they're trying to stop someone from taking over its liquor license.

On top of that, they say the person applying for the license is no stranger to police.           

In a memo sent to the mayor and city council by city manager Harry Black, the Cincinnati Police Department objects to the transfer of ownership of a liquor license for Longworth’s on St. Gregory Street.

City leaders are expected to take up the memo next week.

In an excerpt from the memo, the Cincinnati Police Department objects to the transfer saying that “substantial interference with public decency, sobriety, peace, and good order will result from the issuance of this transfer.”

Police say the bar “has been a drain on police services” thanks in part to loud noise complaints, patrons from the bar loitering the streets and becoming disorderly.

As part of the memo filed with the city, it includes an email from a CPD officer to Chief Eliot Isaac. 

In that email, the officer says police have “received countless noise runs to this establishment, the people coming from Longworth’s are spilling out into the Mt. Adams neighborhood until all hours of the night disturbing the peace and tranquility.”

But, perhaps the biggest objection isn’t the bar’s noise level, but rather the person applying for the license transfer.

Police say Zachary Costa has convictions for aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene stemming from an incident in 2004 that led to him spending time behind bars. 

According to a citation, Costa is also facing assault charges for an incident in December 2015. 

Police claim he punched a man and knocked out his teeth.

Officers express concern with Costa in their objection of the license transfer saying his convictions “are all directly related to his fitness to operate a liquor establishment.”

There has been no final decision on the license at this point, but in the aforementioned email to Chief Isaac, an officer writes, “The Cincinnati Police Department fears that if this permit is granted the quality of life for Mt. Adams will strongly be affected.”

To read the memo and objection, click here.

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