Two clubs are put on probation

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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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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 10/28/08 - 05:50 am
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The teen night clubs provide

The teen night clubs provide a gathering place, but all of the action takes place in the parking lot. Alcohol, drugs, sex, fights, shootings and all of the usual things bored and unsupervised kids like to try. I'm not saying the clubs cause any of this, they just provide the gathering place and parking lot for the unsupervised congregating.

TheTruth
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TheTruth 10/28/08 - 06:08 am
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Why are they just getting

Why are they just getting around to putting Club Platinum on probation? Three shootings in two years is outrageous! Non-compliance with an order to hire security guards is unacceptable and should have resulted in their license being pulled. I guess someone who owns the club must be politically connected. What about the safety of the citizens that live in the community? What about the safety of the children attending the club? I guess someone's "contributor" is more important than upholding the law. Stuff like this is the reason Augusta-Richmond County continues to see negative growth. Politics and good ole boy networks trumph safety and security.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 10/28/08 - 07:07 am
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probation!!! are you

probation!!! are you kidding!!!.. shut them down!!!

onlynaugusta
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onlynaugusta 10/28/08 - 07:26 am
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Shut them down. Clubs are

Shut them down. Clubs are adult entertainment. Teens need to wait until they are of age to engage in such an activity. There's too much violence. They are not ready mentally.

AugustaHeph homeowner
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AugustaHeph homeowner 10/28/08 - 07:35 am
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I agree with

I agree with LadyCisback--shut them down!!! The trouble starts at home lingers into school, ballgames and into the streets and then the clubs. You cannot even make sure they are between the ages of what 14-17 or whatever is considered to be teens. They start so young these days to enter gangs and what they have to do to work they way into these gangs should be put out to the public. This may help a lot of people notice changes in their childs behavior and stop them from entering gangs, then stop them from going to clubs. Same with the adult clubs--THEY ARE NOTHING BUT TROUBLE!
The Sheriff's Dept cannot do it all. When they do take care of the gangs or whoever is fighting, shooting and whatever else they are doing, The People want to holler abuse, oh they are just pickin on the black people, well let me tell you--they are the ones always talking about fighting, shooting, doing this and that--I work in a place where I hear a lot-a lot of what I would rather not hear. And kids these days do not care what language they speak, most of what is Cursing. God forbid when something happens then the parents say-"OH MY CHILD WOULD NOT DO THAT, NOT GET INVOLVED IN A GANG-WAKE UP!!!!!!

TWright987
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TWright987 10/28/08 - 08:17 am
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Security in the parking lot,

Security in the parking lot, Supervise the kids! Don't allow loitering outside. The kids need places to go, or they just get into trouble all over the place.

pofwe
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pofwe 10/28/08 - 08:20 am
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It is the violent culture of

It is the violent culture of these peeps. Arm'em & confine 'em until the last one is standing. Then step on the last one's throat ... real hard & for a long long time.

WW1949
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WW1949 10/28/08 - 08:34 am
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typical thug mentality of

typical thug mentality of some stupid kids who think they are tough. put their butts in a tough jail for awhile and see how they like it. security should be hired to not let anyone stand in the parking lot. if they go outside then they would have to get in their car and leave. increase the door fee to cover the cost of the guards.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 10/28/08 - 08:50 am
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I agree that kids don't

I agree that kids don't nessesarily need clubs to hang out at but really even if it were a place for them to play video games or shot pool the outcome would probably be the same, most of this violence is probably gang related but in the same token we can't allow gangs to control our society or our children, if we do then these thugs win. Young people need a safe place to go out and have fun.

justtired
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justtired 10/28/08 - 01:32 pm
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Now here's some great

Now here's some great logic.... “Security in the parking lot, Supervise the kids! Don't allow loitering outside. The kids need places to go, or they just get into trouble all over the place”. Yeah this makes perfect sense: Ya think? Let's limit the killing zones to certain areas and locales and blame someone else when our daughters show up at home pregnant or our sons die trying to move a tree with their new BMW or Lexus. We wouldn't want this "gang stuff" to be scattered throughout all our communities: As if it hasn’t already permeated every corner of modern U.S. society. The problem lies at the feet of poor parenting, by parents whose powers have been supplanted by infinitely foolish courts. Courts who nosh their ideals based on the misguided directives of the overly medicated fools roaming the hallways of those child protective agencies. But the people dare not speak out or take a stand lest the government invade and destroy their families for good. People wake up… The inmates are running the asylum.

faithfilled
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faithfilled 10/28/08 - 02:05 pm
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People of Augusta do you not

People of Augusta do you not remeber growing up here as a teen and there was basically nothing for you to do?It's not the clubs fault that they don't know how to act once outside. Closing them does no good for the community or them . In fact what will happen is that they will now cause more trouble from being so bored. I loved going to the club as a teen and when my children get of age to want to go hangout with their friends and dance Why not? All this money that is spent on frivvolous things that this city is waisting money on why not come up with something more to occupy the kids time? That would be too much like responsibilty to the community and that couldn't help or you wouldn't want to help that problem now would you? So spend millons on botanical gardens and whatever else on the "Masters" because that's what's important, right! LEAVE THE KIDS ALONE AND GET SECURITY TO DO WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR! STOP POINTING YOUR FINGERS AND BEING JUDGEMENTAL,BE THE SOULTION!

daperdoo
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daperdoo 10/28/08 - 02:54 pm
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We had the same clubs in

We had the same clubs in Miami and the 2-3 bouncers outside had walkie talkies and called for extra security if more than 4 kids stood in the parking lot too long...They would then tell them they had to come into the club or leave immediately ohh and the parking lot was extremely well lit...If the owners didn't want to hire the 4 extra security after the 1st probation then they should of shut down themselves or the county should have not only redid another probation but also fined them being they didn't comply with the rules...and the county should have came back to make sure they had complied...When we put criminals on probation they have to be checked on and made sure they comply should be no different for anyone or any structure...

As It Is
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As It Is 10/28/08 - 11:52 pm
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There are shootings in

There are shootings in neighborhoods, strip centers, malls and we have even had shootings of students on school grounds. None of these will be closed down for lack of providing additional security at their own expense to cover areas outside their scope such as nearby parking lots. Places are needed for both adult and teenage entertainment and these include, clubs, bars, bowling allies, skating rinks, pool halls, video arcades, etc. and ALL of them have had trouble at one time or another. Why? Because they are open to the public and their are bad elements within the public. Who should be blamed? The thugs, criminals and bad elements. Additionally, if the business owners contribute direclty to allow these bad actions then they should be held accountable. Otherwise, place the blame directly where it belongs on the individual(s) breaking the laws. If Augusta Mall had a shooting this month and another one in a year and another 3 months later, the only reason they would close may be due to lack of shoppers. The government wouldn't be trying to shut them down but would be helping with additional police to make them safer. Clubs deserve the same assistance from their tax money.

mdb67
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mdb67 10/29/08 - 06:21 am
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The main ingredient to all of

The main ingredient to all of this is parental involvement! If parents are not instilling strong moral values at an early age, then we have all failed in guiding our youth. It is always easy to come up with a solution to fix something that should have been fixed long ago. I say hold the parents accountable for the actions of their teen (s). If it involves fines or jail time, so be it. Rest assured if they are doing time for their child’s actions, they will take a more vested interest in their child’s activity. Just one mans thoughts!! Jail time for the parents of the unruly!!

TheTruth
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TheTruth 10/29/08 - 09:15 pm
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I have a great place for

I have a great place for children to go to hang out: churches, schools, museums, parks, recreation centers, and Family Ys. Night clubs for teenagers? How sick can you be! We are talking about teenaged children...not adults. All these teen clubs do is exploit teenagers and contribute to the moral decay of our society. If my 17 y.o. daughter even thought about going to a teen club, the answer would be NO. BE A PARENT...QUIT TRYING TO BE YOUR CHILDREN'S FRIENDS!!! I venture to say that most of the same "parents" that allow there kids to go to clubs are the same "parents" that are not involved in their children's lives. Why not get you children involved in positive things, with positve people...not "drop it to the floor" depravity...SICKENING!!! ABSOLUTELY SICKENING!!!

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