City to act against two East End nightclubs

Updated: 07/07/2014 5:20 PM
Created: 07/07/2014 4:40 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

There is more concern about violent incidents connected to two bars in the East End Entertainment District. On Monday, Mayor Lovely Warren announced that she is taking action to close down at least one of those nightclubs.

It was around 2:00 a.m. Sunday when police were called to Captain’s Attic on Charlotte Street for a report of shots fired. They found evidence of gunfire located in the parking lot across the street. This latest episode was enough for the mayor to announce she is going to court to have the nightclub shut down.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “We have tried several different methods here and they have not worked."

After several reported disturbances around Captain’s Attic, the mayor announced that her office will file papers with the court to have the nightclub shut down.

Mayor Warren said, "My understanding from our law department is they have had several meetings with the nightclub owner and talked to them, tried to get them to reinforce some security measures and this is our last resort."

This past weekend, police responded to reports of shots fired in the parking lot across the street from the club. No one was injured. It is the latest in a string of repeated calls for police response to that location.

Around the same time, an altercation broke out at another bar just down the street. A patron at Magic City on Lawrence Street in the East End suffered serious cuts to his upper body. Last month, two men were shot in the parking lot after leaving Magic City.

John Billone is president of the East End Business and Neighborhood Association. On Monday afternoon, the group held a meeting to discuss the growing concerns about the nightclub.

John Billone, East End Business and Neighborhood Association President, said, "I don't know what the problems are, but I think we would agree that we have to figure out what they are and try to prevent it from continuing to happen."

The mayor says she is planning to meet with the owner of Magic City and the chief of police on Thursday and will ask the club to voluntarily shut down for a period of time. She says business owners need to be responsible, but she also pointed the finger at the trouble makers.

Mayor Warren said, "We cannot have a situation where other people are becoming victims of your actions and so we will either have places where people can go and have a good time and listen to good music and go home and be good the next morning, or we will have nowhere for them to go at all."

News10NBC did contact the owner of Captain’s Attic by phone. He says he was not aware of the city’s move to shut him down and said he would be contacting his attorney. 

The city has had a points system in place for many years in which businesses are given points for different disturbances. The more violent the incident is, the higher the points are. Once you reach 20 points, the city can move to have you closed. That’s what the city will make its legal argument on when it files those court papers in Rochester City Court Tuesday.

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