Saturday, July 07, 2001

Police search closes strip club

        UNION TOWNSHIP — Two dozen customers and 40 exotic dancers were sent home when police closed the Deja Vu strip club in Mount Carmel to serve a search warrant at 8 p.m. Friday.

        Police wouldn't say what they were investigating, but officers on the scene said no one was arrested and no charges had been filed as of 11 p.m.

        “The search was prompted by a four- or five-month investigation involving a number of complaints about illegal activity coming from the nightclub,” said Officer Jim Brown, spokesman for Union Township police.

        He said the county prosecutor didn't want police to release details. Officer Brown said the investigation probably didn't involve alcohol because the establishment doesn't serve alcoholic drinks.

        The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Clermont County Sheriff's Department cooperated in the investigation, and West Chester Police had drug-sniffing dogs on the scene.

        Union Township officers and sheriff's deputies were still searching the nightclub at 516 Batavia Pike at 11 p.m. It was unclear if the club would reopen today.

        The nightclub's attorneys could not be reached late Friday.


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