Sandusky’s black community ‘deserves better than this’

Jun 12, 2014


On May 29, I picked up the Register and the headline was “City deserves better than this”

It should’ve read, “Blacks deserve better than this” because Geno’s Party Center, formerly DJ’s Bar, on Cleveland Road is in a prominent black neighborhood, including Huntington, Larchmont and Sunny Side Acres.

Click HERE for past stories about Seven shot, one beaten at Geno's

According to the police and the Register, Geno’s was a constant threat to public safety. The eviction notice came one day after seven people were shot and one man severely beaten.

My good brother, Michael Green, questioned all seven commissioners about the problematic spot. Why didn’t they close the spot soon after about 150 prior incidents at this location?

Watch Green question the city commission in the player below

My brother in Christ, Michael Green, asked some serious questions about why it took so long to close down the establishment. The people that live on these streets have to put their lives at risk. Sandusky ex officio Mayor Dennis Murray Jr. said this community deserves better. Wrong. This community deserves better representation. Also, commissioner Dick Brady said he “apologized for the incident”

The other commissioners didn’t voice their opinions. Even Mr. Poole and Ms. Twine didn’t voice their opinion. To all the citizens of Sandusky, my personal opinion is that if all this shooting and 150 prior incidents were to happen at the Cedar Point Chaussee, Bogart Road or Galloway Road, Dennis Murray and Dick Brady, as well as the Sandusky police, would’ve made sure in a heartbeat that the bar would be closed. It wouldn’t take two or three years to close that bar.

As a black man, some of my black brothers and sisters are treated like second class citizens. Some of the blacks don’t care about the way they are treated until something happens to them or their family.

—Fred Farris



Well Fred, maybe I can help shed some light on this for you.

1.) Bogart and Galloway Roads are not within the city limits, so there for the Sandusky City Commissioners or the Sandusky Police, have no say in what happens there.

2.) It seems Brady and Murray are damned if they DO and damned if they DON'T! They closed it and your still complaining! I can't believe they aren't being called racist for closing this bar! You should have written a Thank You letter to them for closing the bar!

Now, I have a question for you. Speaking of "public safety" , are you the Fred Farris that has been arrested multiple times?

Why not stop that behavior after the first arrest? "This community deserves better", your own words.


This honestly shows where we are as a society. City officials shut down a majority black bar, run by black people, in a majority black neighborhood. Let me get this straight, you are complaining this took so long to happen? What if city officials shut down DJ's after the very first incident, would you be happy? No, you would be crying racist there too because they shut down a bar for black people.

Until the black community stops crying wolf every time something happens to them, we will never progress. White people cannot lift a finger to a black person without being called racist, but it is perfectly acceptable the other way around. We live in a world of reverse discrimination, that's just how it is.

Bottom Line

Does anyone doubt Lefterhold did a jump for joy and an intense fist pump when he read this initially?

I bet it was very Jordanesque like over Ehlo in '89.

From the Grave

Nobody needs to be out drinking at 3 or 4am. Nobody.

From the Grave

I never went to this place, but it sounds like it was run by black people and patronized by black people? Aren't they part of this so called "black community?" Then, who's at fault here? The white community?


Okay, fair enough, Mr. Farris. The City should have done something sooner.

You know what? I'm betting the City WOULD have done something sooner had all of those black residents of what you say is a predominantly black neighborhood complained. I'm betting there WOULD have been a stronger police presence had all of those black bar patrons called and said they were afraid. Of course, that means you'd ALSO have to bet that if no black men or women had committed any crimes in the area there wouldn't have been any problem at all...

In other words, while the City may bear the responsibility to deal with such problems as they occur (police) or some kind of responsibility AFTER they occur (Commission, Law Department), doesn't the black community itself also shoulder a good deal of blame?

We might all agree that the place was out of control, but what did the neighbors do? What did YOU do? Were there parents who taught their kids from a young age that such behavior is inappropriate at best? Were there parents there who kept their teens at home after dark? Were there parents there who insisted their kids do their homework, go to school, and get good grades? Were there parents there who put their collective feet down and refused to allow their GOOD kids to hang out with somebody else's BAD kids?

Bars don't go bad overnight. Neither do criminals. And both are relatively preventable. So again, where were you and yours BEFORE this was such a big problem, eh?


Woohoo! Three cheers for Sam! Great post Sam!

JT Adams St

I used to live less than a hundred yards from the Underground. At that time, to the extent that the Underground had neighbors, they would have primarily been retirees living in one of the downtown highrises. I don't recall anyone blaming the problems at the Underground on me, or anyone else in my neighborhood. Nor did anyone argue that the problems at the Underground reflected a lack of family values in the downtown community. Further, I was under the impression at the time that the commission was well aware of the problems at the Underground, either from reading the newspaper, or through speaking directly with the police chief.

I currently live less than 50 yards from a different bar. And, even if every teenager in my neighborhood spent his nights shooting heroin in a brothel, I would still expect the city to take action if the police responded to dozens of reports of violent incidents at that bar.

We have a pass-the-buck form of city government. The city is run by a manager, who answers to a bunch of part-time politicians who either just joined the commission, or are about to be turfed out. So, I can understand why nobody wanted to tackle this problem. But to blame a neighborhood for the criminal activities at a local business, when those problems have been reported to the police on DOZENS of occasions is outrageous.

Most crime-infested neighborhoods consist primarily of law-abiding taxpayers. They don't deserved to be insulted because the government chooses to ignore their problems.

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Yes, the WHOLE community deserves better. Why do some blacks continue to want to segregate themselves\race?


The pot calling the kettle black!


It is impossible to compare the theoretical response of the police to rioting in a predominately white area with what happened in the vicinity of DJ's. The main difference is that there is only obstruction on the behalf of the so called victims when the police attempt to maintain order. This thuggish code of silence is what prevented the police from apprehending the perpetrators. When whites call the cops they co-operate with them, blacks they like to call the police to stop the violence but then interfere to make sure no one goes to jail. But then on Sunday the handful with decent token jobs who don't get arrested every week go to church along with the amoral scum and all get worked up about how the world is so unfair to them.


ok number one fred Ferris murdered someone, he is an idiot and it is a disgrace the register let him even write on here. number tWo whoever said this is reverse discrimination is correct all black people do is cry racism any time something happens


Is this the same Fred Farris that was convicted of murder? Actually two murders if I remember correctly? I wonder what his thoughts are on Baxter's lenient sentencing?


You'd never see 150 incidents of crime on Cedar Point Ed, Bogart Rd, or Galloway Rd because most of the people that live on those roads know how to conduct themselves in a civilized manner. The same can't be said for everywhere, unfortunately.

Dr. Information

The best most accurate post on this topic.


These are the same fools that act like animals yet expect to be treated like kings! Sandusky Proud!


I understand his complaint completely that the bar should have been shut down several years ago when problems started to arise from this establishment but to stand up there and complain about how long it took to close it down does nothing and proves nothing. You go on to say the community that surrounds the establishment isn't happy that it took this long but did you as a neighborhood get together a petition an have all the residents sign a petition requesting the City of Sandusky investigate and close the establishment down??? To stand there and chastise the City for taking so long does no good, you should have gotten a petition signed 4 years ago by every resident in the area requesting it to be closed down, then maybe it wouldn't have taken 4 years!?!? Real simple fix to this problem, and a way to guarantee that it doesn't re-open and have the same issues is to petition the city to have the building razed and maybe make a nice community park or playground that children of this area have a fun and safe place to play. Reverse racism is an everyday thing, no matter how a situation is handled it's always the "cracker's" fault but yet we aren't supposed to feel like that's racism but heaven forbid if we do something to better a deteriorating residential or even commercial area that involves closing something minority owned and we are automatically dubbed "racists". Minority.....there's a funny word, it's not a word of color, it describes a group of people that aren't treated equally according to others...JMHO




EXCELLENT (and VERY truthful!)comments here! Damned if you do and damned if you don't for these people! Getting very old! Strange how the white community are always the racist ones and who are the ones always screaming racism? Just would like to share something I saw the other day~~~~"No living people, black or white, are responsible for what other black or white people did generations ago" So get over it already~ Just sayin' :)

Sailor Sam

I agree with you Mr. Farris. Wealth, power and privelege determine a lot about what is done or not done. The poor, the marginalized, and minorities have little voice in American society. Community organization is paramount to having a voice. Are you willing to be a leader? Go door to door? Petition city council? I am. Raise your voice with others to be heard. It's ridiculous that this den of iniquity stayed open so long.

The Rudy

Just what is "reverse racism" or "reverse discrimination"? The way it's been used here suggests that only blacks can suffer from these things. Racism/discrimination goes both/all ways folks. I refuse to acknowledge and accept in conversation or print the "reverse" term. There's no such thing.
I find the word "cracker" just as offensive as someone dropping an N-bomb and respectfully request it not be used in this forum, or anywhere for that matter.
Farris's whining-crying wolf- just takes attention and resources away from something that may be a real problem. Of course he gets his audience. Reminds me of the time a black kid on my HS basketball team whined to the coach that the school should have skin lotion in the locker room because he had ashes. The coach, afraid to "offend" the blacks bought some lotion just so he didn't get called racist. Then the kid had the balls to complain about the brand of lotion coach bought with his own money. Ridiculous, but that's the entitlement mindset of the race baiters. I am 100% in support of real, actual issues being promptly addressed, but this whine and accuse tactic makes me feel offended.


And where were you prior to the bar being shut down? Did you attend city council meetings and voice your displeasure over the bar being open? All of the sudden, after the bar is shut down, you want to have an opinion. That in and of itself is grounds to dismiss any argument you have.

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If you listen to what the Chief said. He had been working within the law to get it shut down. It did not have a liquor license. It didn't fall under the laws for a bar.


First the Sandusky Register allows a racist, rapist, write stories for them. Now we get a racist murderer, telling everyone how bad they've got it. And how "against" the black population, our city is. Give me a break. The ones who always cry racism are in fact the most racist of all. Why Sandusky Register, do you keep printing this crap? You (SR) are the ones to blame for this because you keep putting it in the paper. Whats next? You went from a racist rapist, to a racist killer, can you get an any worse racist than you already have?


"Let ye whom have not sinned cast the first stone".

I know Fred Farris well and he will be the first to tell you his younger years were not stellar. He has been "a changed man" for years and years.

Fred's points should be taken seriously as the incident could happen in any neighborhood and he and Mr. Green are correct--why has it taken a near tragic incident to get action?

Oh and BTW--the constitution of the USA allow for Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of the Press. If you have issue, simply don't read the paper.

Julie R.

This is the only decent comment on here.




"He has been "a changed man" for years and years."
BULLSPIT. It hasn't been years and years since his last drug charge.
Fred wants to fuel the racist fire. He is a racist.


I don't care if he has changed! Murder is murder! He needs to shut up!


A changed man is still a man who killed someone. You can't honestly think that anything he's done since could ever make up for a life he cut short. My complaint would be this, why didn't the business owner shut the place down? Because he put profit over neighborhood safety. He could've closed that place down a long time ago, and chose not to. It took the city to force him to close it, and evict them.


So, you don't believe in second chances or that people can ever repay their debt to society for a wrong committed?

You ask: Why didn't the business owner shut the place down? Would that owner be the tenant who ran the business or the slum lord who profited for years from this as well as many other buildings and has much influence with officials?

I don't think black residents of a poor to lower middle class income area could ever overcome that influence without some major event forcing his hand due to legal liability exceeding his ability to profit. Only when the building owner consented to the closure did the city act.


Wasnt it blacks shooting/beating blacks? Shouldnt his anger/questions be directed to his black brothers/sisters? Just stop!


This from Sandusky Register:


6:40 p.m. -- Huntington Avenue, Frederick L. Farris, no age given, 1200 block Wamajo Drive, served with two warrants for trafficking in cocaine, possession of crack cocaine;

Changed man for years and years? I think not.

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the unsilent ma...

I am ecstatic that people are finally waking up and calling bs on the race baiters. Untill you can point the finger at yourself and accept that your customs/culture are indeed the source of your misery nothing will change for you. The thug code of silence is 100% truth. Beg the athorities to come save you then refuse to point out the ones who have wronged you. I am willing to bet that anyone who was at that club the night of this incident was not suprised that it happened! Go looking for trouble and you can find it! So lets stop the poor black/brown/yellow/red/ people pity party, get over yourselves and your thug life issues. Lets pretend were not in middle school anymore. Oh and I second alot of the readers opinions, it is a little hard to take lectures by rapists and murderes seriously. Lets invite that milner punk to start a column on child welfare while we are at it


People that snitch wind up dead. It is not worth it when you have a family that depends on you. They could also be in danger for your attempting to do the right thing. Call it a thug culture if you want but it's a criminal culture. No one wants to be known as a snitch. However, lots of snitching takes place. LOTS!

I disagree that your voice should be silenced just because you have a past.


"People that snitch wind up dead." Exactly. So where should your anger be directed?


You don't need snitches to close a bar that is a public nuisance!


Agreed. But it is frustrating to see so much public anger directed at the city commissioners by the black community, but no public anger by the black community directed at the unruly citizens involved and people who kill snitches.

Dr. Information

Justme....its because this uneducated area of Sandumpy doesn't get how the world works. They are brainwashed from day one on earth that the white man is always to blame no matter what.


There never was racism in the north, we never had slavery the south did.... They brought that crap up here, blaming the northerners for the problems in the south is a bunch of $hit.


Fordman, or course there was racism in the North. There still is (see man in monkey suit). But that's not the point. The problem here is the owner of the bar, and uncivilized patrons...not the city council members. Shame on you, and shame on Mr. Ferris.


As usual, most of you totally missed the point. It's about representation. I would bet anything the residents in nearby neighborhoods complained to the city. Regardless of who was creating the disturbance, the city should have acted sooner. It wasn't until the SR did some name dropping that things finally happened.

I will say this, white patrons behave much better than Black patrons in the bars. I also believe cops handle disturbances at black bars differently than white bars. No surprise there. Don't get me wrong, they do act up at white bars, I just think the alcohol is the biggest culprit at white bars. Black bars, not so much.

However, law abiding, tax paying citizens do not deserve to be overlooked just because the culprits are Black. Money is green, remember?

Bottom Line

As USUAL you make statements with no proof to back it up. Show me evidence residents in that neighborhood had long been complaining to the city... As others have said, white people are damned if we do and damned if we don't. We are sick of it and this is what gives blacks a bad reputation. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS. Quit blaming everyone else.

And the opinion of a violent felon should NOT be a voice to be heard.


Get off your high horse bottom line. Prove to me the residents did not complain plus I never said They complained. I said they PROBABLY did complain. This is not about white people. It's about city officials not taking action. A troublesome bar is not the reason Blacks have so called bad reputations. It is people like you that stereotype.

I did not blame anyone just stated the obvious. Everyone, yes EVERYONE gets an opinion.

Bottom Line

Okay you used the word probably. So probably show me evidence of that... Farris turned it into a white/black discussion by writing this disgraceful letter. And where did I say or imply the bar gave blacks a bad rep? It's a moron like Farris writing a letter that doesn't even deserve to be taken seriously that would give blacks a bad rep. Because it's just about blaming someone else and taking zero responsibility. We're all tired of it.

Bottom Line

As I re-read you did NOT use the word probably.


I stand corrected but you are wrong to assume they did not complain. I bet some of them did. Getting upset at people that have no power to close anything is pointless, don't you think? The city knew this was a problem and should have acted more quickly. That is the point of the article. FOCUS!


And you are wrong to assume that they did complain since that is the basis of your complaint against the city.


I disagree Justme. I know plenty of people in that neighborhood and I would bet money they did complain. You cannot deny that it does not take complaints from residents to close a public nuisance. They should have closed it out of concern for police safety a LONG time ago.


I don't know what it takes to close a public nuisance, to be honest. I don't imagine its an easy thing to do or many bars would be shut down. My biggest issue the lack of outcry about the root cause - the folks who caused all the problems. As for your assumption, you should ask the people you know, then report what they did and didn't do as far as filing complaints.


In the words of Hillary Clinton: "at this point what difference does it make?" The city dropped the ball on this. That is just a fact. What makes you think good law biding Black citizens condone that type of behavior? You want people to complain about people name.... that they don't even know. The bar and it's patrons admittedly were the problem. Funny how you seem to be okay with the owner that was profiting off of this. Plenty of blame to go around!

Dr. Information

Do a sample selection of any 15 people in that neighborhood over the age of 18 and I bet 75% have some history of breaking the law. I don't need to prove this because I too know people from this area.

Here deer goes again, lets blame the white owner for this and not the baboons who act like idiots. The fault is in the PEOPLE CAUSING THE DIRECT PROBLEM.

Throw this morons in the Ritz Carlton and the same thing would have happened. Let me guess, its would be the Ritz's fault? You simply are an uneducated idiot deer. That is a fact easy to prove.


You obviously have a reading comprehension problem.

Bottom Line

FOCUS YOURSELF. I never said they did or didn't complain. I only said it's wrong for you to claim they DID. Stop putting words in my mouth and making false assumptions.


You are wrong. The obvious fact that the city allowed the place to remain open as long as it did is reason enough to complain. That is not an assumption.


Bottom Line

Seriously what is wrong with you? Having reason to complain does NOT mean anyone did. And Yuh certainly have no evidence otherwise. Just because you may know some of these people means nothing! I'm not wrong about anything because I didn't claim anything to be... Other than a convicted felon being able to voice his biased opinion is ludicrous... How do you not fall down more?


"Yuh" certainly don't have any evidence they didn't. You are WRONG! Deal with it! The man paid his debt to society so your constant blathering about his criminal record speaks volumes about YOU! He still gets an opinion! I happen to agree with his opinion.

Why do you wake up everyday?

Bottom Line

My sincere apologies on behalf my auto correct.

I never said they did or didn't you moron. That's my point! I made no unfounded claim either way. UNLIKE yourself. Which I see you already again contradicted yourself in a post a couple above this one.

I wake up to go to work and make a good life for myself so I don't have to depend on the hard work of others. It's why I'm not a liberal.


Watch the video. Michael Greene is a good guy. I know this because he was an employee of mine. Liberals work, go to church, pay taxes and all of that. I do not depend on others and never have.

Bottom Line

Trying to debate with deer is as about as useful as arguing with a drunk person. First he lies. Then he lies about lying. Then he accuses you of saying something you didn't say. Then you ask for evidence of something and he responds with an insult hoping it will take the focus off his lies and unprovable statements. Then he proclaims victory in the debate.

Nearly identical to Obama in his first debate with Romney.


You just can't hang dude. I did not lie about anything and I corrected my mistake. My so called insult was not meant to be insulting and if you took it that way there must be some truth to it. Oh well. Prove anything I said to be improvable. You don't even know the meaning of lie. You troll around on here looking to attack others but you missed the entire point of the article and my first post. I can't draw but if I could I would break it down for you.

Whiskey in a Teacup

Its a huge waste of time deertracker_ I've been following this melodrama all afternoon.
BL doesn't even fully comprehend the argument being made. He uses slippery logic and his grasp of language is limited. It's dead, deer*

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I agree with most of what you said Deertracker, but I'm curious as to what you mean by alcohol is not the culprit in black bars. What is it then?


Lots of times these guys seek each other out and the drama begins. I refuse to blame it on the alcohol when sometimes it is gang related or just stupid drama.

Dr. Information

So its not the white owners fault or the city of Sandusky and IN FACT the idiots who cannot control themselves. Thanks for clearing that up deer and not blaming someone else.


If they had tried to shut it down earlier ( I don't know that they didn't) they would have had people like Fred Farris cry "you are only shutting this down because it is a black bar"!
You just can't please some people.


Can you prove what Fred Farris would have cried about? According to Bottom Line you need proof or you are a liar.

Police do not shut down bars because they are Black bars. I don't recall that ever happening!


I said people LIKE Fred (i.e. racists).
I never said that they did shut down bars because they are black. You really need to settle down and actually read a comment before you start an argument about it. I think you just like to argue. No wonder you keep sticking up for the criminal who wrote the letter. Two peas in a pod.

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The Hero Zone

I agree with your sentiment here, deer. Independent of your comments would I be out of line suggesting that delayed city action also took place at Hopper's? I don't know the demographics of that community but the closing of DJ's wasn't the first business that it took a while to do something to address.

Mr. Icsman does a good job (in my opinion) of explaining why it can take a while. I never felt he was making excuses as it, again to me, could be clearly heard in his words and on his face his frustration with events like this. He is caught between a rightfully reactionary community and a rightfully slow due process of law.


I agree. This is America and due process is required regardless of the situation. I also agree that the process can take a while. Mr. Greene very calmly and professionally articulated his question. The response was equally impressive.


What is it then? It's got to do with drugs and baby momma drama. When Jerome finds out that Ja'Qon, has been selling crack to his clients, then it's on like a pot of neck bones. Then when Shaniqua, tells Deandre that she's been sleeping with Devarious. Then somebody is phittin to get shanked or shot. This is completely hypothetical, of course.

Julie R.

I don't know why everybody is attacking Mr. Farris for this when all he basically has done is give yet another perfect example of the ugly double standard that we all know exists. I totally agree with his opinion that had this bar been on the Cedar Point Chaussee it would have been closed in a heartbeat ...... and you can bet it would have, too, no matter how much money it was making for one of Sandusky's rich Italian slumlords. The only thing I don't agree with Mr. Farris on is he seems to think it's only blacks who are the victims of the corrupt double standard in Erie County.

Sorry, Mr. Farris, but whites are victims of it, too.



Steve P

If a bar on Cedar Point Chaussee had the same rate of crime and problems as this bar did, my guess is that the neighbors would have not accepted the behavior and cooperated with the authorities before it came to this point, its not about race its about acceptable behavior. When a community group accept criminal behavior they get what they deserve regardless of race. As for the corrupt double standards, no one in the black community is ranting about being disinherited by their own family, so once again its not about you moonbeam.

Julie R.

Why don't you ask the person ~ a.k.a. Maximal Properties LLC on the Erie County auditor's website ~ why no title company around will give him title insurance? (chuckle-chuckle)

Steve P

Why don't you explain the real reason that your own mother disinherited you? yuk, yuk

Julie R.

Instead of stalking me on the SR like my former stalker Sam, why don't you ask him?


A rec center serving alcohol on Cedar Point Rod just had a riot at 3AM with 16 people arrested with no complaints from the neighbors. Guess it's not a matter of race but a matter of the color of the collar one wears when committing crimes such as fraud or extortion.

Steve P

What neighbors its a fenced in secured area with no immediate neighbors, as for any race issue the 16 you mentioned were all black. Once again you either lack or twist the facts Ellesbeth.


It is you who makes false assumptions and statements of fact. Explains why you are bothered by complaints of white collar crimes. Julie R must pose a threat to your scams and way of life.

Julie R.

"Guess it's not a matter of race but a matter of the color of the collar one wears when committing crimes such as fraud or extortion."


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the unsilent ma...

Gotta keep it real and punish any disrespect someone might show you. Hey homie you scuffed my jordans ima pop a cap in yo get the point?


NEWSFLASH: White people don't like to be disrespected either. You get the point?

Whiskey in a Teacup

Let's try math:
If 150 calls for police response are made for Geno's, how many would you "bet" are not complaints?


A police presence would not be welcome there (even if SPD were ALL black officers). The bar was plain & simple, a thug hangout waiting for crime. Why didn't this bar have security &/or metal detectors? Answer: They knew they would come in packin' but didn't care, since it was the "Young brothers in Christ" that hung there. Big O's was the same way. So was the Shrine Club. So was Kool Aid's. So is the Dawg House.

Dr. Information

Blacks protecting blacks, rolling in their with 50 dollars thinking they going to make it rain, but when someone shoots someone, everyone is left standing around looking for a white person to blame.


BEYOND sick of the race card being played and beaten to death!! How about everyone who living and breathing instead of "Oh I am black so the world is against me/us blah blah blah" I forgot there is a black president so therefore SOME people feel a sense of "entitlement" and are now "better" than everyone else. Well for those people I got some bad news for ya... YOU AREN'T any better than anyone else! Maybe when people stop playing the race card over and over, and over stupid things like getting pulled over for speeding and making a big deal out of it then things will change but not until some people grow up!

Common Sense

No, Mr. Farris, the Sandusky Register had it right. You see, although the neighborhood may be predominantly black, it is part of the Sandusky community (same zip and everything). What did you do, personally, as well as the neighbors of this establishment, to rid this from your area? What did anyone do? It had to be an element of great violence to force action. Shame on this entire community for not stepping up to the plated and saying, We will not accept this."


Fred's annual rant at a commish meeting. He spouts off once a year. I hope he continues cause he's a prime example of the right to speak. It's funny stuff!