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City Council to vote on liquor license renewal for 3 Toledo bars

One person was murdered last year outside Chez Joey in downtown Toledo. One person was murdered last year outside Chez Joey in downtown Toledo.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Wednesday, Toledo city council discussed the liquor license renewal of three bars that police say have had a lot of problems. 

Tops Shotz, The Palms, and Scores, formally known as Chez Joey were all discussed at the meeting. 

Police say they have been called out to all three locations for multiple incidents including shots fired. Just last year police responded to a fatal shooting at what once was Chez Joey. 

Now city council is looking into what needs to be done to stop violent crimes like these. 

At the meeting TPD investigators presented their case to council, discussing the type of crimes and amount of calls that have come in from those locations. 

Both council and police concerned not just for the safety, but also for the amount of police manpower that is being used. 

Bar owners did have a chance to defend their establishments with many of them saying that the crimes have all occurred in the parking lots and streets around the bars, something that is out of their control. 

But, that did not seem to change the minds of many members of council. 

"Lets be honest here, we have three bars in the Toledo area that have all had shots fired and in one cases someone was actually murdered, so I think it is reasonable to assume members of council are gonna take a close look at liquor establishments that have had shots fired, people shot, people taken to the hospital, and in one case someone actually died," said Councilwoman Lindsay Webb. 

City council will vote next Tuesday on whether or not to recommend to the state's liquor board that the bars' licence be revoked. 

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