Our friends in PR might say Johnny Malloy’s is having rough week.
As the PD reported this morning
, a recent bar fight at the Lakewood outpost of the chain bar/restaurant resulted in the death of a 30-year-old customer.
Then, on Wednesday, agents from the Ohio Department of Public Safety busted the Avon Lake bar for illegal gambling, and even dragged the city’s Youth Baseball Federation into the mix.
The agency slapped the bar with four citations after a late-morning raid that netted nearly $1,600 in cash and several packs of instant-bingo tickets. It says the club failed to renew a license to raise money for the league. Bar owner Larry Moschner sums up the blunder as “something that slipped through the cracks.”
The baseball group’s president, Ken Milota, says he’s been working with the bar for the past four years to sell instant-bingo cards to patrons to pay off a renovation project of the city’s 11 baseball diamonds at Weiss Field. Some of the cash was also earmarked to install new lights at the park. Nobody’s clear on why the bar overlooked the mandatory paperwork.
The Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office considering whether it will file criminal charges against the club. – Cris Glaser