- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FARRELL, Pa. (AP) - Police and zoning officials have shut down “Fight Nights” that a man holds in his western Pennsylvania garage, even though he argues the events are harmless and, more or less, akin to “mud wrestling.”

The (Sharon) Herald (https://bit.ly/1BoptCP ) reports Lawrence Owens, the man who hosted the third such event in his Farrell garage over the weekend, is upset that authorities shut it down..

But officials in Farrell, a city about 70 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, near the Ohio border, say his garage is zoned residential. They say Owens needs a variance to host events at which he charges admission or he faces a $500 fine.

But Owens accused police of thwarting his efforts to create jobs for black people, saying, “There are 30 people eating off this event.”

Owens agreed to apply for a variance.


Information from: The Herald, https://www.sharon-herald.com

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