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Published: Saturday, 12/9/2000

Judge stops city from closing bar

The city was barred yesterday from enforcing its closure of Club Liquid, a South Toledo nightclub deemed a public nuisance.

Lucas County Common Pleas Judge William Skow issued a temporary restraining order that lifted the city building inspector's order to close the club until a hearing can be held Dec. 21 on the club's motion to stop the city's action. The club, at 3122 Airport Hwy., can operate at least until then.

John Madigan, general counsel for the city, said the city still hopes to close the club because “ it is unsafe and it's a threat to the public welfare.”

The city closed the club Nov. 28, three days after police found a man in front of it with gunshot wounds. Mr. Madigan said that within the last year, police have responded to two aggravated assaults, six assaults, and two discharges of firearms there.

Peter Wagner, attorney for Club Liquid owner Dorothy Townsend, said his client is not responsible for incidents that have taken place outside the club. The city, he said, was improperly trying to use a building code ordinance to shut down the club.

Judge Skow noted in his order that no structural deficiencies were cited.

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