MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – Residents in Lakeside are relieved that the Yes and No's Bar and Grill on Tytus Avenue - and an accused heroin dealer named Chauncy Quinn – are out of business.
The bar was a front for heroin trafficking, police said. When they busted it, they seized drugs, cash and cars and arrested Quinn on heroin charges. Quinn had $70,000 in cash with him when police closed in, according to court documents.
Ted and Barbara Doughman have lived a block away from the bar for 16 years. They say they love their neighborhood, so they volunteered for Block Watch and watched out for trouble.
"We let each one know what's going on, what we have seen, things to look out for, and just to try to keep a healthy place -- a place to where you don't have to fear," said Barbara Doughman, a Block Watch captain.
Word that there was heroin dealing so close to their home scared her, she said.
"I have an eerie feeling and I keep my doors locked all the time -- day and night. I try not to dwell on it too much because I don't want to anticipate something that isn't there, but I am watching. I do watch," she said.
Doughman had a message for anyone who would try to bring more trouble into the neighborhood.
"We're going to watch and we're going to document things and we're going to do our best to keep them out of here," she said. "And if they come in, we're going to do our best to get them to leave."
Other neighbors and business owners didn't want to go on camera. They said they know heroin is being sold in the area but police and city leaders are doing a good job in trying to crack down.