Lawsuit over Warren bar dismissed

A lawsuit filed by a Warren, Ohio bar owner was dismissed.

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – The federal lawsuit filed by a Warren woman seeking at least $2.5 million against the city of Warren and city officials over the closure of her business, the Olympic Inn, has been dismissed.

Linda J. Gadd, 559 Johnson Plank Road N.E., and Gadd’s Olympic Inn, 1129 Parkman Road N.W., filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Gadd claimed that the city violated Ohio Sunshine Laws when it decided and disclosed the result of a City Council vote prior to the council meeting during which the renewal of the bar’s liquor license was discussed. She also claimed that the city interfered with her business, including its sale, and was determined to shut the bar down.

The lawsuit was filed following an August 2012 shooting in the parking lot of the Olympic Inn where a stray bullet hit neighbor Pamela Dial. Gadd said the bullet originated from the parking lot of Warren Concrete.

The lawsuit states that in 33 months prior to the shooting, Warren police recorded 42 incidents of assaults, fights and disturbances at the Olympic during the period, nine incidents of gunshots being fired were at the address of the Olympic and three of those shots occurred within 13 days of the date Dial was shot.

The suit states that Gadd failed to employ security officers even after she discussed the move with Warren police; failed to post signs that there were security cameras recording activities; failed to adequately light the parking lot; and hired unskilled, untrained and ill-equipped individuals as bouncers at the bar.

In the summary judgment, the court ruled that the city of Warren acted within its right not to renew the bar’s liquor license and that there was not sufficient evidence to support claims by Gadd that the city or its representatives acted with “malicious purpose” to shut down her business.

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