Sunrise dismissed its lawsuit because it ‘achieved its goal’

Staff report


The attorney for the Sunrise Inn restaurant on East Market Street has issued a news release saying the reason the restaurant dismissed its lawsuit against the Sunset Lounge next door is because it “achieved its goal.”

The release by Atty. Richard L. Goodman of Niles says the goal of the lawsuit was to prevent the Sunset Lounge and the other defendants named in the suit from reopening the lounge.

“The new owner of the property, the Movement of Mahoning Valley, a church, will offer a new and fresh environment to the area and contribute to the economic and moral character of the neighborhood free from the criminal activities associated with the old Sunset Lounge that resulted in 28 police calls in the past,” the statement said.

Sunrise Inn filed the suit in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court earlier this year, after Cory Blackwell, 25, was killed in a Jan. 1 shooting inside the Sunset Lounge.

At the time, Joe Sankey Jr., was owner of the Sunset Lounge building and LaShawn Ziegler was the operator of the business. The lawsuit named them and bail bondsman Robert Cregar as defendants and accused them of conspiring to damage the Sunrise Inn.

Being a nonprofit tax exempt religious organization, the Movement of Mahoning Valley is prohibited from holding or owning a liquor license, the news release says.

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