Infamous Night Club Compels Lawmaker to Address Public Nuisance Issue

COLUMBUS – A crime-ridden night club on the north end could wind up changing state law in Ohio.
Rep. David Leland (D) drafted a new bill this month when it comes to determining if a property is a public nuisance.

He said police contacted him for help last month when the city was trying to shut down the La Rue nightclub off Karl Road.

Officers responded to four shootings at the club in a four-month time frame but say they could not board it up until they spotted illegal alcohol sales inside.

Current law states the courts can declare any property a nuisance if there is a pattern of prostitution and/or illegal alcohol sales but does not include a “pattern of violence.”

Rep. Leland included the latter language in his proposed law change.

Rep. Stephanie Kunze (R) signed up to joint sponsor the bill.

They hope to introduce it within the month and hope it will help shut down more safety concerns like bad bars and drug houses.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Csaba Sukosd