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Appeals Court: 3 Belmont County businesses "public nuisances"

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Owner of "party centers" in Bridgeport, Shadyside loses appeal

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- An Ohio Court of Appeals earlier this month upheld a ruling that would close three party centers in Belmont County for the sale of synthetic drugs.

The Fred's Party Centers in Bridgeport and Martins Ferry and The Shadyside Party Center were declared public nuisances in the Belmont County Common Pleas Court following an Attorney General's investigation last year. On June 2, the Ohio Seventh District Court of Appeals sided with the lower court.

In accordance with the ruling, the businesses will have to close for one year; however, Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry said that the appeals process has delayed those potential closures.

The businesses owned by Fred Fryman are among many statewide that were raided for the sale of various synthetic drugs last year. The Party Time Carry-Out in Cambridge was closed under similar circumstances in February 2013.

Fryman's attorneys have not yet stated whether they will appeal the decisions to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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