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Columbus Agrees to Revoke Charlie Bear's Liquor License

COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Kate Liebers) -- The fate of a popular college bar was in city council's hands Monday night, two weeks after police fatally shot a man in the parking lot.

Council members agreed to ask the state to pull Charlie Bear's liquor license.

The recent police-involved shooting was not the first time officers had been called to the bar.

"A young man lost his life and I think part of that is because of the environment," Assistant City Attorney Bill Sperlazza said.

Sperlazza started investigating Charlie Bear when it was operating at the Campus Gateway this summer. At that location, over the course of a year, police had arrested 16 people suspected of underage drinking.

Sperlazza encouraged councilmembers to pull the bar's liquor license in the hopes that the violations and violence will stop.

"Nothing is more offensive than creating an environment where that type of violence occurs," Sperlazza said.

Now that the council approved revoking the bar's license, a detailed report of all 38 police runs to Charlie Bear this year will be presented to liquor control.

A state hearing could happen as early as February.

The bar is allowed to remain open as the case is pending.
 
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