Magic City owner cited for city, fire code violations

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 9:36 PM
Last updated Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 1:45 AM
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The proprietor of a teen club connected with a fatal shooting was cited for several city and fire code violations Wednesday, a city official said.

Patrick Walton, the owner of the Mike Padgett Highway business, Magic City, will have to appear in Richmond County Magistrate Court next month to answer to the charges, said Rob Sherman, with Augusta’s Planning and Development Department.

Sherman said Walton was cited for violating several city ordinances for dance halls, teen clubs and curfews, in addition to failing to provide proper security for the Sunday night event at Magic City that police say ended with gunfire in the parking lot early Monday.

A 16-year-old passenger in a car leaving the parking lot was fatally wounded by one of the gunshots, police said. Kyle Royal died after a bullet hit him in the head. Police found him in the back seat after the vehicle crashed into a utility pole at the nearby Lumpkin Road intersection. A 19-year-old was shot in the leg while in the club’s parking lot, police said.

Sgt. Richard Elim said the sheriff’s office investigation was ongoing and no charges had been filed as of Wednesday.

Walton’s business license and occupancy permits were revoked in December after officials determined he was operating with an inappropriate license for the size and type of events that went on there, officials said.

Sherman said Walton was also cited for violating fire codes that regulate building occupancy but did not have details Wednesday evening. Attempts to reach fire officials were unsuccessful.

Sherman also said Walton had asked whether he could use the Magic City property for his used car business.

“He can’t occupy the building,” Sherman said. “If he wants to sell used cars there, he will have to apply for a business license and pass a fire department inspection before it can be issued.”

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washi73
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washi73 01/19/12 - 05:40 am
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I feel this owner should be

I feel this owner should be responsible for the shootings aswell. After he lied and said he wasn't opened that night...and he knew he was throwing a party that was posted all over facebook and knew the party started at 10 pm.

avidreader
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avidreader 01/19/12 - 06:30 am
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Yesterday, a URL for a Magic

Yesterday, a URL for a Magic City video was posted. I viewed it on YouTube. Disgusting!! The video has been removed by "request of the provider". I'm guessing this decision was the smart recommendation of a lawyer. The images portrayed on the video were blatantly reflectivie of the violent thug-gang culture. The kids in the video were definately not the type one would want to encounter at a Circle K in the wee hours of the morning (or at any other time of day). It was quite scary.

The biggest problem is, the kids that participated in the video probably consider my point-of-view as the rantings of a misguided adult who simply does not understand the "youth of today". There are always two (or three) truths, but I'll stick with mine.

The video is quite scary. Period.

farrowtrent
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farrowtrent 01/19/12 - 09:14 am
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This owner should be in jail

This owner should be in jail for the death of an innocent teen. This is just stupid. smh

scgator
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scgator 01/19/12 - 09:46 am
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I have known Patrick for

I have known Patrick for years; and he is the type guy that "always" has to have hustle going on. Any time you talk with him about failed business ventures (and there have been several), it is always because........"people are working against him"

iLove
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iLove 01/19/12 - 09:56 am
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@scgator - I have heard the
Unpublished

@scgator - I have heard the EXACT same thing...the love of money is the root of all evil. Prayers for the familes involved. My God.

I totally agree with each of the previous comments.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/19/12 - 10:30 am
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Maybe it is the types of

Maybe it is the types of business he starts. While I think the club owner is surely in the wrong for operating without a permit, the death of this young man rests on the person who pulled the trigger. When you put yourself in the type of enviroment that surrounds these kinds of people you never know what will happen because they are not good people. Maybe this will be a wakeup call to other teens that think this type of behavior is not acceptable and dangerous.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/19/12 - 10:40 am
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Yes, JRC, the perpetrator

Yes, JRC, the perpetrator pulled the trigger. But the news report says that the victim also was shooting a gun.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 01/19/12 - 11:51 am
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Struggling as hard as I can

Struggling as hard as I can to figure out why something like this could happen at a teen club called 'Magic City'. I just can't believe a word of it.

sucram
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sucram 01/19/12 - 02:04 pm
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This what happens when you

This what happens when you take the easy way out with no security or license. It will cost more him more to get out of the trouble that he has created. There are times you have to think about what's important(like our kids) instead of trying to make a quick buck.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/19/12 - 03:26 pm
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What the people of A-RC

What the people of A-RC tolerate!

scgator
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scgator 01/19/12 - 03:32 pm
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I used to co-own a youth

I used to co-own a youth oriented business in Richmond County and paid off-duty deputies for evening security; my partner thought it was a waste of money....."we have not had anyone start trouble"; I replied...my point exactly. He rented a vacant building next door so he could open a bar and I told him that the two entities were too close to each other for it to be safe. He argued to differ; so I severed the partnership, and he continued on...within three months, he was broke and out of business. Parents did not want their kids next to a bar for recreation and with no security.........troubles and fights became the norm. Some people just NEVER learn.

dizzy dictator
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dizzy dictator 01/19/12 - 05:32 pm
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I'm lost here. If the owner

I'm lost here. If the owner can't occupy the building, where do you fill out the paperwork to complete a sale for a used car?
Also what is the fire department inspection for, the parking lot?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 01/19/12 - 08:37 pm
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The owner does seem as if

The owner does seem as if he's trying to make a fast buck. People need to quit contributing to the problems with youth. These kids don't need clubs...we've already seen too much happening with folks getting shot and/or killed in these places.

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