Geno’s has been trouble spot for police

“If we went to (a downtown bar) for example, we can check and make sure they’re abiding by rules as part of their liquor permit. We weren’t able to do that at this place because they’re private”
Courtney Astolfi
May 20, 2014


Sunday morning was hardly the first time violence broke out at a popular Cleveland Road hangout.


   Geno’s Party Center, formerly known as DJ’s Sports Bar, is closing down for good in the aftermath of a seven-person shooting and severe beating there this weekend.


   The location—which has operated as an after-hours, “private” club for years—has witnessed a host of brutal acts, both inside its walls and outside, in its lot.


   Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said officers have responded to the establishment almost 150 times since 2010, handling everything from shots fired to vicious beatings to underage drinkers running amok.


   Sandusky police have been well aware of the property’s problems and at times, extraordinarily frustrated by them. But Orzech said Monday there was little his department could do to on its own to remedy the issue.


   Geno’s existed in a gray area of the law because it operated as a private party facility. The location itself did not have a liquor permit, so guests had to supply their own booze. It oftentimes stayed open until 4 or 5 a.m., Orzech said.


   “If we went to (a downtown bar) for example, we can check and make sure they’re abiding by rules as part of their liquor permit. We weren’t able to do that at this place because they’re private,” Orzech said.


   In 2014 alone, officers handled more than 20 complaints at Geno’s—most of which occurred between 2 a.m. and sunrise, according to Sandusky police reports.


   Officers responded to one particularly noteworthy incident there in early March, finding a pool of blood on the floor after hearing a gunshot.


   Last July, nine shots rang out near the building and officers found two men fighting in the lot.


   In December, one unidentified man approached the bouncer with an AK-47 after a revolver was seized from his friend, one police report said. Just two weeks later, numerous spent shell casings were found in the lot after a heated fight between patrons.


   “Everyone goes out and has a good time drinking until 2 a.m., but then they’re supposed to go home, have some breakfast and go to bed. Here, the facility is open until 4, 5 o’clock in the morning—people are already intoxicated when they go there to drink.


   “People being more liquored up than they should causes some of the issues” Orzech said.


   When asked about problems migrating elsewhere in town with Geno’s now closing up shop, Orzech foresaw a few possibilities.


   “I don’t anticipate this moving into any of the other establishments in town, but it’s hard to say. Historically things move around depending on what’s open and what’s closed down. We will use all our resources to combat this situation and not let it affect our community” Orzech said.


   Sandusky’s top cop also believes Sunday’s shooting was a wake-up call.


   “This is a perfect example: innocent bystanders not engaged in any (criminal) activity we’re aware of, then they become victims of someone else,” Orzech said. “It’s not too late. They don’t need to be in those environments, putting their lives in jeopardy”


   “(The closing) is going to make a significant impact in the community, and I think it’s much needed” he said.



This closing will have no impact on the community. The rats leaving this sinking ship will just find another. Nothing solved, just moved.

Sorry Chief.




This would be a great place for a car wash or a 7Eleven.

A Young Adult's...

Good, let the thugs go back to their shanties.


all the problems there were in the middle of the night after all other bars closed, so i think this will help alot because no one need to be out drinking at 430 in the morning unless your at home or at a friends house


They will head downtown.


They just CAN'T act human~impossible!!



Good 2 B Me

When you burn a house full of cockroaches, the cockroaches find another house to infest. Sad, but true. We are losing Sandusky to this trash!


Riddle Me This Orzech & the rest of the Sandusky Blue Shield: If u've had all this data on "these 150" incidents..... Then why hasn't there been a police cruiser parked there every Friday & Saturday night from 2am - 5 am. You could have been doing "crime prevention" instead of filling out follow-up reports & forms. Huh? Huh? Huh?
Common sense says......


I got up to let my dogs out the morning this happened. I was sitting in the kitchen listening to the police scanner and I remember a police officer saying (DJs' is letting out now seems pretty quiet) not even 60 seconds later, he came back on the scanner screaming, SHOTS FIRED, SHOTS FIRED at DJs' send me more units now.


All I'm saying is "a show of force can go a long way." I usually act more appropriate (like not speeding) when i see a police cruiser.
And even these Ning-Kum-poos & fools would act a little better if they saw the cops sitting across the street.
And i really don't know if they are parked there or not, because I am home.

Little Giant

Shootings, beatings, and disturbances have been going on years at Geno's. Isn't it ironic that the landlord finally decided to step in after mere hours when his name appeared in the comments and in the paper?


It would not have mattered if the cops where parked across the street they still would have done the same thing.. I wish wendy berry still had the bar cause we would never let it get that bad. Thats why we tried to do karaoke on weekeneds to help bring cedar point people. If we did throw a party we had lots of people to make sure it never got out of control. I would love to have that bar and open it up for cedar point people plus have old school nights where you bring back the music from the 50,60, 70, 80's. Maybe make it 35 and up. Plus maybe a certain dress code so rift raft have to stay out. If you know old generation have no place to go. What do you guys think of a bar like that.


I also noticed how the police and city stated they could not do anything but be reactive to this trouble spot.I find this logic disrespectful to the neighborhood's residents. But mentioning the landlord's name seemed do be effective. We should take note of this lesson and utilize this tool for other trouble causing locations including rental properties where fighting and drug activity is prevalent