Two clubs are put on probation

An Augusta Commission committee voted Monday to place two Augusta nightclubs on probation for 90 days because of repeated criminal activity.

 

Club Platinum, a teen nightclub on North Leg Road that does not serve alcohol, was placed on 90-day probation for the second time this year, because of an Aug. 15 parking lot shooting, the third in two years.

In March, after a February shooting, members of the Public Services Committee voted to amend the city's existing teen curfew ordinance to include closing teen nightclubs at 11:30 p.m. on weekends and 10:30 p.m. on weeknights to allow teens to be at home by the current midnight weekend curfew and 11 p.m. weekday curfew. The owners also were supposed to hire four security officers, which sheriff's Sgt. Richard Elim said Monday they had not done.

Much of the violence occurs in the parking lot, so commissioners recommended that two access points be blocked to cut down on teens driving through.

If another shooting occurs during the probationary period, commissioners are likely to suspend or revoke the club's business license.

The committee also voted to place the SoundTrack Supper Club on Laney-Walker Boulevard on 90-days probation because of 94 police calls and the Christmas Day shooting of an off-duty police officer in its parking lot. Sgt. Elijah Parker was shot in the chest, but he was saved by his bulletproof vest after breaking up an argument between Cory Lee and others. Mr. Lee was sentenced to 21 years in prison last month.

The violence around the club comes from rival gangs in the area, Sgt. Elim said. The commission could suspend or revoke the club's alcohol license if other crimes occur during the probationary period.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylvia.cooper@augustachronicle.com.

IN OTHER ACTION MONDAY

- Commissioners approved the renewal of a 6-month lease with the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame for operation of the botanical gardens.

- Commissioners referred John Rangel Jr., who wants the city to change the name of 15th Street to The First Cavalry Division Memorial Street, to the planning commission where he will receive information about the process for getting street names changed. Mr. Rangel would first have to get 67 percent of the property owners along the street to agree to the change. Also, the state would have to approve the change on portions of 15th Street that are state owned, according to the city's traffic engineer Steve Cassell.

Mr. Rangel said the First Cavalry Division Chapter wants to honor troops who were in the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War and the active duty soldiers at Fort Gordon who served with the First Cavalry in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

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