- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Columbus wants to strip liquor permits from 26 businesses that residents say ruin their neighborhoods and drain public-safety resources.

Nearly all the city’s objections involve underage sales and consumption of alcohol and tobacco at the businesses as well as incidents of violent crime.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1yV6ezx ) that none of the permit holders attended a city council meeting Monday where council members voted to object to the permits.

Bill Sperlazza, an assistant city prosecutor who deals with liquor complaints, calls the 26 objections a record number.

Councilman Zach Klein says businesses are repeatedly warned to address problems before the city files objections.

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control, which renews permits annually, is not required to follow city objections.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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