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Police Combat Violence in Over-the-Rhine
OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- The Eagle Restaurant is coming soon to the old post office at 14th and Vine in Over-The-Rhine.
John Lanni said, "We want to be the affordable, approachable place on the block. You can come in, were going to have 100 craft beers, 16 on tap, and were also going to have fried chicken.
Fourteenth and Vine used to be the place where only thugs hung out. Now the good guys are moving in and moving them out.
Asian restaurant Kaze now open for lunch, Graeters is coming soon and Holtman Donuts is there with a maple bacon one!
"I think we all have a sense of community around here and we want to see Over-The-Rhine continue to flourish."
Thats one reason why police are assigned to walk the beat.
An OTR store worker says, All the riff raff seems to have moved away."
Resers Bicycle Outfitters was the first business this far north on Vine.
A new sense of security around 14th and Vine has to do with what happened right up the street.
Lt. Col. Dave Bailey of the Cincinnati Police said, Drugs, shootings, and you know even some bodies in here. We believe some of these folks are connected to a homicide. Certainly that there was a 14-year-old murdered we think that person was involved in this group as well."
One group responsible for most of the violence in Over-The-Rhine was taken down last week. Twenty two of them, including career criminal Sham-Su-Din Pickens, suspected of ordering homicides.
This was a big step to bringing peace to Over-The-Rhine. It was a gift to small businesses that are having a big impact on the city. Police say a few more on their naughty list will be arrested soon.