Appeal filed in liquor case

WARREN – The owner of Gadd’s Olympic Inn, whose first two attempts to get a liquor permit to open the Parkman Road N.W. bar have failed, has asked a court to overturn a state commission’s decision that denies her the 2012-13 license.

An attorney for Linda Gadd filed the appeal of the Liquor Control Commission’s Sept. 13 decision on Thursday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

The liquor commission’s decision upheld a similar decision handed out by Ohio’s Division of Liquor Control in March.

A message seeking comment was left with Gadd’s attorney, Andrew Zellers, on Friday.

The Division of Liquor Control based its decision on findings that the bar substantially interfered with the safety of the neighborhood, and its owners demonstrated a disregard for state ordinances.

Warren objected to Gadd’s renewal attempt and provided the state evidence during a hearing in December that showed police responded at least 27 times to the bar in 2012.

Other testimony came from Terrance Dial and his wife, Pamela, who live next door to the bar. Pamela Dial was wounded by a stray bullet fired from the parking lot of the bar after closing time.

In August, the Dials sued Gadd, seeking more than $25,000 on each of four counts related to the shooting. A week later, Gadd sued the city for $2.5 million, claiming the city has interfered with her operating the business. The cases are pending.