PATERSON, NJ - Members of the Paterson Police Department and Paterson Fire Department shut down three businesses that were reportedly “functioning as ‘after-hours’ party locations by remaining open after 10:00 p.m. and staying open until the early hours of the morning Friday into Saturday. 

According to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale the complaints stated that the establishments would lock their doors to appear closed, but patrons were inside behind tinted or covered windows. 

The report stated that officials first visited La Fuente Bar, 43 Ellison Street, where they arrested manager Janet Mendoza, 49, after they are said to have found patrons inside while the front gates were closed. After numerous attempts at knocking and advising their presence Mendoza is said to have ignored the officers. Once inside officers are said to have found a number of patrons drinking at the bar.  

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Following this, officials were at Makumba Window Tinting, 249 12th Avenue, where they issued four charges, including Maintaining a Nuisance and Serving Alcohol other than beer and wine. Officers were advised of the violations and as they approached could hear loud music playing from halfway down the block.

Surveillance was conducted and it was established that patrons were inside the mechanic shop drinking, smoking hookah, and playing loud music.

Finally, a visit to Vanessa’s Restaurant, 28 Cianci Street, found at least five safety violations, according to Speziale, as well as 36 bottles of Heineken and three bottles of liquor that were seized from the location leading to charges against Vanessa Terry, 38.

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