North Huntingdon strip club closed for prostitution, drug sale claims could reopen
By Rich Cholodofsky
Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A padlocked strip club could reopen in North Huntingdon under a court settlement that is expected to be presented to a Westmoreland County judge on Tuesday.
The lawyer for Gloria's Cantina Lounge said on Monday the bar, which has operated on Route 30 for three decades with male and female dancers, could soon resume business.
The strip club has been closed since November because a state police raid resulted in the arrest of two dancers and a patron.
District Attorney John Peck last year filed court documents seeking to have Gloria's declared a nuisance bar so it could be permanently closed. Two days of hearings were held late last year, when undercover state police troopers testified that illegal drug sales and prostitution had occurred at the club.
More testimony was to be heard on Monday, but Peck and club owner Gloria Brugnoli's lawyer, Dante Bertani, said a deal could be approved on Tuesday to end the case.
“It will allow her to reopen, but she will have to meet certain conditions,” Bertani said. He declined to reveal specifics of the proposed settlement, which will be outlined in court.
Peck declined to discuss details of the proposed agreement.
The lawyers are expected to meet Tuesday morning with Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr., when the proposed settlement could be finalized.
The club has been in business since 1971. Its owner, 83-year-old Brugnoli, has not been charged. She has denied any knowledge of illegal activity that led to the closure.
“She's been dealing with the problem and living on her husband's pension. Money is tight,” Bertani said.
State police investigators said five undercover stings were conducted at the business between Sept. 5 and Oct. 10. Agents were sold drugs and propositioned for sex, the troopers have testified.
The building was padlocked in early November. Last week, the state police Liquor Control Enforcement division issued five citations against Gloria's for alleged violations, including failure to display its liquor license, operating without a valid health permit and allowing cigarette and cigar smoking.
Bertani on Monday disputed those allegations.
Club patron Edward Moore, 24, of McKeesport pleaded guilty in May to two drug charges for selling cocaine at Gloria's last year. He was sentenced to serve 111⁄2 to 23 months in jail and five years of probation.
Dancers Ashlee Nicole Campbell, 31, of Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood, and Selene Amber Vicini, 35, of McKeesport are scheduled for court appearances this week. Campbell faces drug charges, and Vicini is charged with prostitution.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hempfield couple charged in thefts
- Ligonier man charged with harassing estranged wife
- Man charged with pointing gun at woman in Rostraver
- No apology from Greensburg driver in DUI death
- Penn-Trafford board promotes Inglese
- Greensburg City Council fights zoning board ruling
- Jeannette examines hiring city manager
- Westmoreland County Controller Balzer, IRS at odds
- Yukon Pet Adoption League, founder settle spat
- Latrobe will join county land bank
- Glenn Miller Orchestra, Chris Smither among headliners for Greensburg’s SummerSounds series