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Residents who live near Middletown bar take safety precautions

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 2:05 PM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

They say drugs, prostitution common outside bar

Residents who live near a Middletown bar said they want the establishment closed permanently because of safety concerns that lower property values.

They may soon get their wish.

Middletown police and the State Investigative Unit conducted an investigation last week at Bar Boca, Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw told the Journal-News. He said the agencies found six liquor violations, including drug use that led to one arrest, at the downtown bar located at 124 Charles St.

MORE: Bond set for man who allegedly fired shots outside Bar Boca in Middletown

The bar owners, who live in Hamilton, were also cited for unsanitary conditions, he said.

Police have received complaints about the bar from residents and midnight patrol officers, the chief said.

“We’re working on getting it shut down,” Muterspaw said. “We don’t want it open. The community doesn’t want it open. It’s not fair to the residents who live there. It’s a bad place in that neighborhood. I know that sounds harsh, but I’m tired of being nice to people who don’t care about the city.”

After further investigation this week, Muterspaw said he anticipates additional violations with other agencies.

The owners of Bar Boca could not be reached for comment.

If Bar Boca is closed, it would be the second time a bar in that location was shut down by the city. Miller’s Lounge closed in 2014 after repeated nuisance violations, police said.

RELATED: Middletown bar may be deemed nuisance property after shooting

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission upheld a decision by the Division of Liquor Control Commission that rejected the liquor renewal application from Miller’s Lounge.

About 65 residents and business owners in the area have signed a petition asking the city to close Bar Boca. The petition was started by Ronnie Perkins.

Perkins, who lives on Charles Street, said he wants Bar Boca closed permanently. He has installed surveillance cameras that point toward the bar, he said.

MORE: Middletown police want to use your security cameras

After Bar Boca opened last fall, there was a shooting outside the bar 10 days later, Perkins said.

He said Bar Boca patrons gather outside the bar, attract prostitutes and commit violent crimes.

One female neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous because she fears for her safety, said after the shooting at the bar, she asked Perkins to install 2-by-4 wooden braces on her front and back doors.

Before she mows the back yard, she racks up used needles and discharged empty liquor bottles that she believes are tossed there by bar patrons, she said.

MORE: Middletown police urge residents to report potential violence

“It’s just horrible over there,” said the woman who used to sit on her porch every night until Bar Boca opened.

Another woman who lives near the bar called it “a war zone” because of the violence and illegal activity.

“I’m petrified,” said the woman, who also asked to remain anonymous because she fears for her safety.

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Austin bombings: Authorities clear suspect Mark Conditt’s home of explosives, officials say

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:45 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:45 PM

Austin Package Explosions: Suspect Dead

Police continue to investigate a series of deadly bombings in Austin after authorities said the suspect, identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, killed himself early Wednesday.

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Mother distraught to learn daughter buried in wrong grave

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:57 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

PHOTO COURTESY: Connie Rosellen
PHOTO COURTESY: Connie Rosellen

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says a woman’s 3-month-old daughter who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1984 was buried in the wrong grave at a family plot in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Bethel Twp.

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Connie Rosellen told News Center 7 she discovered the mistake after the death of her stepfather. During his burial, cemetery officials reportedly struck her daughter’s casket and broke it.

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Rosellen said she called deputies last week after arriving at the cemetery for her daughter’s disinterment and reburial and allegedly found the baby’s remains in what she described as a shallow grave, covered only by the blanket she was buried with, a tarp and and a plywood board.

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The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says multiple deputies responded to the cemetery but they didn’t open a criminal case. According to their initial investigation, the cemetery followed all legal procedures.

After this news outlet has reached out to Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, 8200 W. National Road, for comment, they replied: “As part of our commitment to all our client families, we guard their privacy and because of this, we do not discuss specific client matters with the media.”

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Dog viciously killed by owner in driveway, horrified neighbors now seeking justice for Gabriel 

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 10:05 PM

Neighbor Said He Saw Dog Viciously Killed by Owner in Driveway, Is Now Seeking Justice

Residents in North Tulsa, Oklahoma, want justice for a dog they believe was killed by his owner. 

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James Penix said he looked out his window on Feb. 21 after hearing the screams of a dog. Penix said he saw his neighbor killing his dog named Gabriel with a dumbbell in the driveway. 

Penix said he called 9-1-1 and emergency operators referred him to the City of Tulsa's animal control division. But he said responding animal welfare officials allegedly said they could not find the home involved in the dog’s death and left. 

>> Related: United suspends pet cargo service in wake of mix-ups, dog death

Penix began a petition on, calling for justice for Gabriel. It had more than 2,500 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon.

Animal Control reopened the investigation and will present possible charges to the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office. 

An update to the petition suggests the neighbor's other dog was taken as evidence and remains in the custody of Animal Welfare. 

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The City of Tulsa responds to animal cruelty reports Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and forwards such calls to Tulsa Police after hours. 

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Refreeze possible tonight along with drifting snow

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:45 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks into what other problems you may deal with Wednesday and Thursday on the roads.

Scattered flurries will gradually taper off with clouds breaking late. Temperatures will fall back into the 20s after sunset, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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  • Skies slowing clearly, cold tonight
  • Sunshine to return rest of week
  • Another storm could bring accumulating snow this weekend

>> School and business delays and closings

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans


Afternoon Drive: Snow showers will have ended, but drivers should still watch untreated areas as well, and blowing and drifting that can occur during the day.

Tonight: Skies will clear with cold temperatures dropping into the lower 20s. Some refreeze of slushy areas likely.

>> Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

>> Remember these things when driving in the snow

Five Day Forecast

Thursday: Sunny skies will return to the Miami Valley with unseasonably cool temperatures holding in the lower 40s.

Friday: We’ll have sunshine again early, but it will be chilly with temperatures in the 20s. Highs will climb to the mid-40s. Clouds increase late day ahead of our next system. A wintry mix will push north toward Saturday morning.

Saturday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase late. Highs will rebound into the middle 40s.

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Sunday: Skies will clear with highs in the lower 40s.

Monday: Sunshine is expected to start the day with increasing clouds late. It will be milder with highs in the upper 40s.

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