Olympic Inn loses permit appeal


Tribune Chronicle

WARREN A judge has rejected the efforts of a local bar owner to obtain a liquor permit to re-open the Parkman Road, N.W., establishment.

Linda Gadd, owner of Gadd’s Olympic Inn, had asked a court last year to overturn a state commission’s decision that denied her the 2012-13 license.

Her appeal was filed Sept. 13 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

This week, Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Colleen O’Donnell upheld the state commission’s decision to reject the liquor renewal permit, stating that the move “is supported by reliable, probative and substantial evidence and is in accordance with law.”

In her decision dated Monday, O’Donnell explained there’s “reliable, substantial evidence” that supports that the operation of the bar threatened the safety of the public and the police, placed “a drain” on the Warren police department’s resources and “substantially interfered with the public decency, sobriety, peace and good order of the neighborhood.” Also, that “criminal activity taking place in and around the premises was directly related to its operation.”

O’Donnell ruled that the operation of the bar, the adverse conduct and the environmental conditions, even if not caused by Gadd, constitute “good cause” for not renewing the liquor permit.

“I’m glad that the court saw fit to uphold the commission’s decision,” said Warren Councilman Eddie Colbert. “It’s what we expected but it’s good to know that this attempt has been rejected.”

This was Gadd’s third attempt to unsuccessfully get a liquor permit to reopen the bar

The liquor commission’s Sept. 13 decision upheld a similar decision handed out by Ohio’s Division of Liquor Control in March.

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.

Attempts by a Tribune Chronicle reporter to reach Gadd and her attorney, Andrew Zellers, by telephone on Thursday were not successful.