Fight broken up at D.J.’s Sports Bar & Grill

“We get called there every week because people are being severely injured, All anyone needs to do is look at the year, two-year history”
Melissa Topey
Mar 3, 2014


Sandusky police are trying to determine what happened at D.J.’s Sports Bar & Grill early Sunday morning.

Police were in the parking lot of Dollar General on Cleveland Road at about 4:30 a.m. watching several people in the parking lot of the bar. A large crowd was seen forming in the bar’s doorway, but nothing appeared to be wrong.

Sandusky officer Natalie Lambert heard someone yell “Stop fighting,” and seconds later a single gunshot was heard coming from the area of D.J.’s, according to the police report she wrote. Lambert said it sounded as though the gunshot came from outside the building.

Lambert and Sandusky officer Edward Ohlemacher ran toward the bar while calling for backup. The crowd was running away.

Officers were checking for anyone injured but found no one hurt.

No one would provide officers any information.

Police followed a blood trail toward the back of the lot, but the heavy snowfall caused the blood to quickly become covered. Officers did collect blood samples, the report said.

Blood was found inside DJ’s ,including a large puddle in the men’s restroom, police said.

Officers smelled marijuana when they first entered the bar which was filled with smoke. Marijuana was found inside.

Officers took DNA blood swabs from DJ’s dance floor, bathroom sink and west side parking lot, according to the report.

Officers checked Firelands Regional Medical Center to see if any victim went to the hospital. They found Taj Dickerson there with a cut on his right hand and pinky finger, according to the report. He said he was in the hallway at DJ’s when someone sprayed pepper spray. He went into the bathroom to wash his eyes and discovered his hand was bleeding. He told police did not know how it happened.

Sandusky police Sgt. Dawn Allen said as of Sunday afternoon no gun shot victim has surfaced. Police are not sure what happened in the bar or if anyone was shot but with the amount of blood found it is quite possible there were more people hurt than just Dickerson.

Police charged D.J.’s Sports Bar & Grill owner Eugene McDuffy Jr. with permitting drug abuse and with disorderly conduct because he did not report the fight or do anything about it.

McDuffy disputes all of the allegations and plans to fight the charges. Those charges are just a continuation of the harassment he has faced from Sandusky police in an effort to close him down, he said.

“They blame the bar for everything that happens even if it is halfway down the street,” McDuffy said.

The bar was closing and everyone was leaving when two women got into a fight and one lady peppersprayed the other.

Employees broke up the fight, McDuffy said.

Dickerson was hurt in the resulting commotion to get away from the pepper spray. McDuffy said there was not that much blood, and the only blood found was from Dickerson.

There was never any gunshot, McDuffy said, explaining that police heard a truck in the parking lot backfire. They used that as an excuse to force their way into his private club, he said.

Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said he could not speak to this specific call because he has yet to read the report. He did say, however, the police department is only responding to what is happening at the bar as well as the calls they are receiving.

“We get called there every week because people are being severely injured,” Orzech said. “All anyone needs to do is look at the year, two-year history”

He said the community and the neighborhood deserve safety.


Bada Bing

Maybe someone should look at the liquor license with all the crime there,like the place down town sandusky,brandys or what ever that place was called back in the 1990s . They had trouble there every night in the parking lot!


What liquor license? Honestly, I don't care the Obama voters do after midnight, I'm at home asleep with my .45......let em take each other out, it saves us on court costs and food stamps.

JMOP's picture

+1 Momma


end of story.
beginning and middle too.


The bar is responsible for everything that happens even if it is halfway down the street, I know because I live and breathe.
Bars breed trouble and it spills onto the streets, much further than halfway down. Alcohol is the most dangerous hard drug statistically and in reality. Please, have at it and prove me wrong.


Marijuana is wayyyy more dangerous, that's why it's a schedule 1 drug don't ya know?

JMOP's picture

Obliviously, they need better bartenders, aka drunken slush counselors, that don't promote violence.


Do not allow rift raft to return or make it a member only club and that pretty much takes care of the trouble making rift raft......


Well it looks like a bar that used to be respectable is no longer and its just a matter of time when it will be closed


And WHY are they still OPEN?? Someone is getting spoon-fed on the gov't payroll.....

Little Giant

They claim they are not a bar yet I have seen people taking cases of beer from a Chrysler 300 and taking them inside.


How is it a little girl is up that late. Remind you of freakmont.

Little Giant

Sandtown419 you sound exactly like the degenerate trash that goes to that cesspool. They bring the beer in during the day and sell it at night.


You sound like a junkie from fremont personally I don't do the bar scene so you are wrong guess again. Its funny how I say freakmont and you get mad but you get a screen name and bash sandusky. I guess trash from freakmont would know trash when they see it.


In the link below, Type: 'Mcduffy, Eugene' in the 'Name/Company: (last, "space" first middle)' tab if you want to check his criminal record out.

You can also do this with anybody you want and see their criminal history; it's public record. Be proactive!.. Utilize the SR to get the names of the thugs in Sandusky and then use the link below to see who's living in YOUR neighborhood!


WinstonSmith's picture

SanduskyNow.... You're an idiot... You do know that Municipal Court Records are just charges and not convictions, right? You stupid moron, anyone can accuse anyone of anything and get listed in that database. Lemme guess, your mama is so statist she didn't breast feed you 'cause it wasn't FDA approved.


WinstonSmith, you probably should have checked the website for yourself prior to calling SanduskyNow an "idot" and a "moron" since they also post the judgements underneath each individuals case information. Just saying...


Ok, bars are supposed to stop serving @ 2:00am, and everybody out by 2:30am. This place constantly has problems in the 3:00 to 4:30 time frame, and most involve a weapon of some type. I say get ahold of the Liquor Control boys, and start kicking doors down about 3am every night.


I believe this is a juice bar!

WinstonSmith's picture

If there wasn't a demand, there wouldn't be s supply. Lemme guess, your mama is so statist she sent you to summer camp at FEMA.


Turn them into the health department for a smoking violation.

WinstonSmith's picture

Jesus, that's some statist ass shit.... :/

I know, I know... Let's just make it a law that bad people have to be good... Or else!
I know it will work! Why wouldn't a bad person change their behavior because someone wrote something on paper and had their friends sign it?!

I'm allowed to rob you! If you don't believe me, watch the video below...


A lot going on in this story! McDuffy states its not the bars fault?? A bar without a liquor licence hmmmm , don't sound legit to me! And yes police want to come in they will. It wont be the last lie they tell someone And I agree this place is a problem!!Its funny the police cant shut it down wtf! lol