Lounge petitions judge to reopen

Written by  Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:19

  Twenty five year old Johnnie L. Benton of Rincon was killed and 21 year old Jamal Heard, also from Rincon was injured when shots were fired in the crowd at Primetime Lounge November 9. 


  Akeila Rochelle Martin, 32, of Statesboro, died and another woman was injured after shots were fired in a crowd outside Platinum Lounge August 19, 2012.


  Investigations into both those cases are continuing but police have no suspects in either.


  Through his attorney Platinum Lounge owner Heyward Fields said improvements have been made and he requested help from law enforcement in controlling unruly crowds after closing time at 2:30 a.m.


  Prosecutors argued for a permanent injunction saying “irreparable harm” will be done if a one is not granted.  Statesboro City Attorney J. Alvin Leaphart IV cited a long list of incidents filed in police reports.  Prosecutors called the Platinum Lounge a public nuisance and the only way to solve problems it creates is to shut it down permanently. 


  Karen Pittman Brown of Bulloch Investors LLC, the owner of Primetime Lounge will present arguments before Judge Turner as to why she should be allowed to reopen her club. 



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