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Springfield Township bar receives citation for violating state health orders

Bars in Ascension Parish can now reopen, says Parish President Clint Cointment.
Bars in Ascension Parish can now reopen, says Parish President Clint Cointment.(unsplash.com)
Updated: Jan. 3, 2021 at 12:13 PM EST
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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) -A bar in Springfield Township received a citation Saturday night for violating Gov. Mike DeWine’s health orders, agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit, OIU, said.

Around 10 p.m., the OIU agents saw that the exterior lighting was turned off at Joey’s Roadhouse. The windows were closed, and doors were locked, but the staff allowed people to enter.

The Springfield Township Police Department and agents entered the bar at 10:30 p.m. and saw 30 people were drinking alcohol.

On Wednesday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced an extension of the statewide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. until Jan. 23.

Other establishments in the state that violated the health orders are:

  • Dennis Coles, known as Otay’s Lagoon Saloon, Port Clinton, received a citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity. OIU agents were called to the place Saturday after the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that the bar was overcrowded. OIU agents say that when they entered the bar, they saw about 40 customers, most of who were not wearing masks, standing and drinking alcohol. Some customers were sitting at the bar while more stood behind them. OUI agents say this bar was cited twice before for violating the health orders. On Sept. 26, the bar was cited for after-hours consumption and improper conduct-agent (staff member) or permit holder in an intoxicated condition, illegal possession of intoxicating liquor, and illegal possession of intoxicating liquor not obtained from an authorized source.
  • Carney’s Bar, Cleveland, received a citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity and for hindering or obstruction inspection. At 10:40 p.m., OIU agents arrived at the bar and saw six to eight people inside with customers drinking alcohol. The agents say that the bar staff attempted to throw away the alcoholic drinks as the agents attempted to enter. Only after the drinks were thrown was the permit holder allowed to enter. OIU agents say the bar was also cited on Oct. 30 for improper conduct- disorderly activity and after-hours sale.

Officials say all the cases will go before the Ohio Liquor Commission for potential penalties, including fines and/or the suspension or revocation of liquor permits.

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