Police seek closure of local cafe

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Report to City Council alleges prostitution, illegal alcohol sales

Ruby’s Cafe, a fast-food shop on South C Street near 9th Street, is facing closure after a nearby homicide, a separate stabbing in October, and allegations of prostitution and long-term sales of alcohol without a liquor license.  

The Madera Police Department recommended the establishment’s business license be revoked, saying it is a menace to the safety of the community in a report to the City Council on Dec. 19.

The stucco and block building that houses Ruby’s dates back to the 1950s, and according to police is unsafe for the public and in a state of disrepair. It has a leaking roof, exposed electrical wiring and other health and sanitation issues, according to the report.

The business operates in the evenings, has a few inside tables and mainly serves Hispanic foods to local farm laborers, according to the police report...

 

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