Raven SantanaMar 2, 2016, 1:51 pm

Several Newark businesses temporarily closed, deemed ‘chronic problems in community’

7 summonses issued for violations such as operating with expired tobacco and alcohol licenses

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On Wednesday morning, several Newark storefront businesses were temporarily closed after they were deemed unsafe by the public safety director.

All of them were shut down after director Anthony Ambrose referred to them as "chronic problems in the community."

A 99 cent store, a mini market and a liquor store, these are just three of six businesses that were shut down Wednesday.

Inspections of the properties were conducted by a team of personnel from the police department, fire department, code enforcement and health department, which resulted in the temporary shutdown of businesses.

According to Ambrose, seven summonses were issued for various violations including operating with expired tobacco and alcohol licenses.

No arrests were made during the shutdown. However, each business will face a hearing at city hall for those violations.

The director says this is just the first of many operations to come and he says it has to do with improving the quality of life issues in Newark.

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