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Gloria's Cantina faces liquor law violations in wake of being shut down in raid

| Thursday, June 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A padlocked North Huntingdon strip club has been cited for multiple liquor law violations that occurred before the business was shuttered, according to a state police news release.

Gloria's Cantina Lounge on Route 30 allegedly:

• Failed to present a liquor license on Nov. 8.

• Failed to keep records on the premises on Nov. 8.

• Operated the lounge without a valid health permit or license on various dates in October and November. The release states that the permit expired on Sept. 30, 2012.

• Unlawfully permitted smoking inside the business on Nov. 8.

• Failed to post signage as required by the Clean Indoor Air Act on Nov. 8.

The club was closed indefinitely on Nov. 8 after a state police raid that resulted in the arrest of a patron and two dancers on drug and prostitution charges.

The business, which had been open since 1971, is owned by Gloria Brugnoli. She has not been charged with a crime.

Prosecutors said they hope to have the bar permanently shuttered and are asking a judge to label it a nuisance bar, based on the criminal activity alleged to have occurred there.

Brugnoli's defense attorney, Dante Bertani, has said there is no evidence his client did anything wrong.

A continuation of a November hearing on the matter is scheduled for Monday.

In the meantime, prosecutors have disposed of a drug case against Nathan Edward Moore, 24, of McKeesport. Moore, a patron at Gloria's, pleaded guilty in May to selling cocaine or counterfeit cocaine there and was sentenced to 11 12 to 23 months in the Westmoreland County jail followed by two years of probation.

Dancers Ashlee Nicole Campbell, 31, of Bloomfield, and Selene Amber Vicini, 35, of McKeesport are scheduled for court appearances next week. Campbell faces drug charges. Vicini is charged with prostitution.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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