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Art gallery owner on trial

Loren Naji to testify at his own trial. (Source: WOIO) Loren Naji to testify at his own trial. (Source: WOIO)
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    Friday, May 23, was supposed to be an evening of celebration, with a launch party for the CAN Journal at the Loren Naji Studio Gallery on West 25th.More >>
    Friday, May 23, was supposed to be an evening of celebration, with a launch party for the CAN Journal at the Loren Naji Studio Gallery on West 25th.More >>
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    Art gallery raided

    There was an abrupt ending to Loren Naji's art gallery opening last night in Ohio City when it was raided by police. ''I am not a common criminal. I am trying to promote art and culture," Naji attested. NajiMore >>
    There was an abrupt ending to Loren Naji's art gallery opening last night in Ohio City when it was raided by police.  He said he is not a common criminal but is instead someone trying to promote art and culture. Naji was issued a misdemeanor cease and desist order for the illegal sale of alcohol after last night's raid but he does not understand why.More >>

A local art gallery owner accused of selling liquor without a permit took the stand Friday.

Judge Loren Moore took everything under advisement after the two parties couldn't reach settlement. SHe will issue her ruling on November 3. 

Loren Naji is charged with several misdemeanors.

His establishment, the Loren Naji Studio Gallery on West 25th in Tremont, was raided two times in May. 

One issue dealt with an occupancy permit, which Naji said he was in the process of obtaining when he was raided.

Before that, Naji's gallery was shut down by Cleveland Police after they received a noise complaint. State liquor agents confiscated an estimated $600 worth of beer and wine during that raid.

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