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The letter signed by Austin Landing Co-Manager Joseph Simhon allows police “authority to sign any criminal complaint pursuant to any violation of loitering or trespassing.”
Austin Landing has commonly been a site of car shows in the spring and summer months. But management said it has cancelled sanctioned events due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Miami Twp. police have dozens of similar agreements with various businesses and properties, Capt. John Magill said.
The Austin Landing agreement with police is not designed to discourage gatherings, but to deter unruly behavior, said Miami Twp. Officer Pat McCoy, a department spokesman.
The issue on May 2 wasn’t “the fact that they are meeting there….it was that some of them were driving stupid. They were being reckless,” McCoy said.
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“And if we get complaints like that, we’re definitely going to react,” he added.
No arrests were made or citations were issued because of the scene earlier this month, police said.
It took officers about an hour to clear the scene near Rigby Road and Innovation Drive in a parking garage near the Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, records show.
The May 2 gathering came two days after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine extended Ohio’s stay-at-home order through May 29.
Under the order prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, “any gathering of more than 10 people is prohibited unless exempted by this order.”
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