NORWOOD, Ohio – Police shut down a pair of “nuisance locations” in Norwood, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Friday.
The Norwood Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office executed temporary restraining orders at Sherman Market – including six rental units above the shop – in the 1700 block of Sherman Avenue and Donna’s Carry-Out in the 1900 block of Cleneay Avenue.
Both businesses had been longtime problems in Norwood, Deters said in a news release. Police were called to Sherman Market 217 times in the past two years for issues like fights, drug trafficking and a felonious assault where one person was shot.
Police had also been called to Donna’s Carry-Out 153 times in the past two years for issues including drug activity, fights, thefts, DUIs, weapon charges, child endangering and sale of alcohol to underage persons.
The businesses will be closed pending court action, according to Deters.
“This is a good day for Norwood,” Deters said. “Two businesses that caused nothing but trouble for the law-abiding citizens in the community have been shut down. Norwood citizens constantly complained about these businesses.”
Rose Madden, who lives near Sherman Market, said the store had been convenient for her to visit with her children.
Norwood resident Cathy Roark said the closings are "a welcomed relief for the neighborhood."
"I think it's been a long time coming, and I think we as neighbors are pretty much relieved," Roark said. "We feel like a lot of it will stop now because there's nowhere for them to go, nowhere for them to hang out."
For others, however, the closure has produced an unexpected inconvenience: residents who lived above the two businesses were kicked out of their homes Friday and forced to spend the night in a hotel. On Friday night, they were unsure when they would be able to return to reclaim their belongings.