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      Charge dismissed for man accused in Route 66 shootout

      Marquese Robbins in a mugshot taken June 5, 2010.

      Charges against a Toledo man accused of being in possession of a gun during a wild shootout at a West Toledo bar last year have been dismissed.

      A felony charge, against Lashon Sawyer of illegal possession of a firearm in an establishment with a liquor permit against was dropped in Lucas County Common Pleas Court. Footage from a surveillance video of the Oct. 8 shootout at Route 66 Bar and Grill shows gunmen firing shots from inside and outside of the bar while customers dash out the doors.

      No one was injured in the shootout.

      Sawyer had been acquitted of the firearm charge in May after a jury split 7-5 in his favor. A judge ordered a July 6 retrial; however, the charge was dismissed Tuesday after prosecutors said Sawyer had passed a polygraph test and had been cooperative since the hung jury in May.

      An alleged shooter in the October incident, Marquese Robbins, stands charged with four counts of felonious assault. Robbins was arrested June 5 on unrelated drug charges. He posted bail and Toledo Police are now searching for him again after an indictment was handed down June 18.