Jan Moore was officially sworn in by Probate Judge Lee DeLoach at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Moore takes over the position after winning a four person election last year. Former mayor Joe Brannen came in third.
After the swearing in of new mayor Jan Moore, the Statesboro City Council got down to business and unanimously re-elected Councilman Will Britt to his third term as mayor pro tem. Britt, who has served on the council for 11 years, presided over the meeting until Moore was sworn in.
The council voted to revoke the alcohol license of Primetime Lounge. The club and the Platinum Lounge were shut down last November following several incidents of violence at the two clubs that left two people dead with gunshot wounds and others wounded.
Council voted unanimously to revoke the license granted to club owner Karen Pittman Brown after testimony in earlier public hearings revealed she was not the sole owner as stated in a lease agreement with the property owner Mark Anderson. It turned out that Eurl Kittles was co-owner with Brown. Anderson told Superior Court Judge John R. Turner he had never met Brown and thought Eurl Kittles was the sole owner. He also said the signature on the lease issued in Brown’s name was not his.
A consent order signed by Judge Turner in December called for a hearing before the city council. That hearing was held Tuesday. City attorney J. Alvin Leaphart, IV, recommended the council revoke Primetime’s alcohol license forever, which they did.
Last November Johnnie L. Benton, 25, was killed and 21 year old Jamal Heard was seriously when gunfire erupted in the parking lot. Both are from Rincon. Police are still looking for the unknown shooter.
In August of 2012, 32 year old Akella Roachell Martin of Statesboro was shot and killed and another woman injured when someone fired shots into a large crowd outside the Platinum Lounge. No one has been arrested in that case so far.