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City Leaders Say 14 Businesses Shouldn't Have Liquor Licenses
COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- Right now, more than a dozen Central Ohio businesses are in trouble with Columbus city leaders. Tonight, city council members ruled the establishments are not fit to have liquor licenses.
City leaders call them the worst offenders. Every year, hey make a list of businesses, citing everything from allegedly serving liquor to minors, to selling stolen stuff.
One of these spots is no stranger to controversy. It's called the Charlie Bear Land of Dance, on Olentangy River Road. The bar is one of fourteen on council members' radar. City leaders report 16 instances in 2013 where underage individuals were in possession of alcohol at the bar. One of them allegedly included a 16 year-old female.
Charlie Bear was recently under scrutiny, when Columbus police say two of their officers, working security, felt threatened by a gunman, during a confrontation, outside. He was shot and killed by officers.
City officials also say the business was cited for unsanitary conditions in May and a laundry list of other incidents where the law had to step in. They say during a ten month period, the bar has had 38 calls for service.
The city council's ruling was just a recommendation. State officials will ultimately decide whether or not these businesses get to keep their liquor licenses. Their owners do have the right to make their case to the state.
ABC 6/FOX 28 tried to contact the Charlie Bear Land of Dance, but they were not available for a comment.