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Carnegie cafe closed

| Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

State liquor enforcement officials this afternoon shut down a Carnegie bar suspected of operating without a liquor license and filed charges against a bartender accused of dealing prescription drugs there, Carnegie police said.

Tony's Cafe on West Main Street continued to sell alcohol even though its liquor license expired, said Mike Manko, a spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.

Police charged bartender Mickel Ballard, 39, of Carnegie with selling oxycodone to undercover officers on two separate occasions in September. Police charged Ballard with six counts related to drug dealing.

State liquor enforcement officials also seized property inside the cafe, Carnegie police said.

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