Fate of Cleveland Heights bar remains undecided

Fate of Cleveland Heights bar remains undecided

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Will it stay or will it go? A judge must decide if a Cleveland Heights bar will close its doors for good.

Last week, a judge granted a temporary restraining order against the Sunny Spot Lounge on Noble Road. Testimony wrapped up Tuesday afternoon in the hearing.

Though no decision has been made, Wednesday both sides agreed to keep the bar closed for now, and submit written closing arguments next month.

A final decision is expected at a hearing in July.

Cleveland Heights wants to shut down the restaurant/bar following a murder outside May 3.

EMS transported Dejon D. Forbes to University Hospital where he died. A second victim, with a gunshot wound to the hip, arrived at the hospital a short time later.  The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released.

Stephen Johnson was charged with aggravated murder in the shooting. Prospective NFL player and Shaw graduate, Antonio Longino was cited for tampering with evidence involving the shooting.

The bar's attorney is opposed to the having the bar of 30 years closed for good.

"They've always wanted it closed so that's nothing new. No, we're not willing to talk about closing," said the attorney.

Police have been called to the bar more than 90 times since it reopened after renovations in 2013.

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