Judge permanently shut downs Platinum Lounge

Written by  Friday, 07 March 2014 11:44

  Bulloch County Superior Court Judge John Turner Monday permanently banning Hayward Arthur Fields from opening any type of night club business at the location of The Platinum Lounge on Proctor Street in downtown Statesboro.


  The Platinum Lounge and Primetime Lounge were shutdown by court order last year after violent incidents involving a shooting fatality at each of the clubs.


  The judge's decision came after considering comments at a public hearing in December in which nearby residents said the noise from the Platinum Lounge was preventing them from getting sleep.  They were also concerned about the increase in criminal activity at the club.


  Turner said Fields operated the club in such a way that resulted in patrons becoming involved in fighting "with and without weapons", causing a "marked increase" in criminal activity and disturbing the residents and businesses in the area.


  On August 19, 2012, 32 year old Akeila Rochell Martin of Statesboro was killed and another woman was injured when shots were fired in the parking lot of Platinum Lounge.


  The order issued Monday barred Fields and his company HAF Enterprises from reopening the Platinum Lounge or any other business that serves alcohol for on premises consumption, playing loud music or open between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. at 2 Proctor Street.


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