CHICAGO IL April 5 2013 — In a reversal of an appellate court’s decision, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that two nightclub owners violated orders not to occupy the second floor of a building where 21 people were trampled to death in 2003.
Security guards released pepper spray into a crowd to break up a fight on the dance floor of nightclub E2, 2347 S. Michigan Ave. on Feb. 17, 2003. In the panic that ensued as patrons tried to escape, 21 people were trampled and another 50 injured.
E2 owners Calvin Hollins Jr., and Dwain Kyles were charged with indirect criminal contempt for violating a building court’s 2002 orders to leave the second floor of the building unoccupied.
In a jury trial, Hollins and Kyles argued the ruling was unclear, and that they believed only certain sections of the second floor, like a mezzanine and VIP area, were not to be used, according to a summary of the ruling.
Hollins and Kyles were initially found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison.
Hollins and Kyles appealed, arguing that the court made several errors during the trial. The appellate court did not address the alleged trial errors but ruled that Hollins and Kyles were not proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
In a unanimous ruling, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decision that threw out the charges against Hollins and Kyles, and sent the case back to the appellate court to consider the alleged trail errors.
In his summary of the ruling, Justice Lloyd Karameier said the appellate court “erred” when reversing the decision, and said “a rational jury could have found that they were fully aware of what the building court’s orders prohibited and willfully disobeyed the orders.”
Phoenix AZ April 5 2013
A shooting involving an off-duty police officer outside a northwest Phoenix night club left a suspect dead and another critically injured.
The shooting left the suspect driver – 24-year-old Tomas G. Ramirez Gonzalez – dead and a 28-year-old suspect, Adrian De La Cruz, critically wounded. No one else was hurt.
Another suspect, Jose Chacon, 19, was booked into jail after police said he admitted to shooting a rifle during the incident. He faces a charge of first-degree murder during the commission of a crime.
Two Phoenix police officers were working off-duty as security at Hurricane Bay in the area of 4100 W. Bell Rd. One of the officers left at about 2 a.m. after the business closed. The second officer, Gary Schonfelder, stayed to provide security for the remaining two employees.
Shortly after 4 a.m., the manager and an employee left the club with Schonfelder, who is a 20-year veteran with the department. The officer had removed his uniform shirt and was wearing a black T-shirt, uniform pants and boots, according to Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson.
They saw two suspects in the bed of the officer’s pickup truck trying to remove a small refrigerator that Schonfelder had purchased from the bar manager, Thompson said. The truck was parked near the front door. The two suspects fled to a SUV, which was parked a short distance from the pickup truck, and climbed in, Thompson said.
Schonfelder and the two employees of the night club ran toward the vehicle, where they saw two suspects on the passenger side and the driver pointing guns at them, Thompson said.
Schonfelder, who was armed with his service handgun, gave several commands for them to drop their weapons and identified himself as a police officer, Thompson said.
The car started to back up and the suspects continued to point their weapons at Schonfelder and night club employees. As a result of the imminent deadly threat to himself and the other two men, Schonfelder fired multiple rounds at the suspects, Thompson said.
Hearing the gunfire, bar employee Fidencio Martinez, who also had a handgun, fired at the suspects, Thompson said. The manager, who was unarmed, called 911.
Gonzalez placed the vehicle in park, got out and collapsed a short distance from the vehicle. Schonfelder ordered the other two suspects of the vehicle to get out and get on the ground, Thompson said. They complied and responding officers assisted with taking the suspects into custody.
During a police interview, Chacon said Gonzalez had asked him and his brother, De La Cruz, to go with him to the bar to confront a person who owed him money. They had planned to drive the person to an ATM to get the cash, Chacon told police.
While waiting for the person to emerge from the bar, Chacon said they noticed Schonfeld and Martinez loading the refrigerator in the truck. Chacon said Gonzalez then decided to steal the refrigerator, which ultimately led to the shooting.
Source: CBS 5
AUBURN Wash April 1 2013– Three people are dead following a shooting outside a bar early Sunday in Auburn.
Source: King 5
Police were called to the club, 725 South Division Ave., at 1:51 a.m. March 30 on a report of the stabbing.
A male suspect had already fled the scene. He was not located by authorities.
The guard’s injuries were not considered life-threatening. It was not clear whether the suspect had been a patron of the club, Grand Rapids Police Lt. Jim Baumgart said. Baumgart did not know the circumstances behind the stabbing.
There was no answer to a call placed to the nightclub — located just north of Franklin Street — late Saturday afternoon.
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. March 20 2013 - Three people were shot outside of a Virginia Beach nightclub early Monday morning, just days after Sheriff Ken Stolle pulled part-time deputies from the area. The shooting occurred outside of Bentley’s Nightclub located at 544 Newtown Road around 2 a.m. When officers arrived on scene, they found one victim suffering from a gunshot wound. A second victim later arrived at Leigh Memorial Hospital while a third arrived at Sentara Norfolk General. Both suffered gunshot wounds to the leg. Moyers said none of the injuries are life threatening. The third victim is reportedly being uncooperative with police. Two of the victims are women. Sheriff Ken Stolle with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office told WAVY.com he suspended deputies from working part-time at certain establishments, including Bentley’s, because he was worried about their safety. “When you authorize deputies to go in these situations, they’re providing for public safety, but you have to be worried about the safety of the deputies, as well,” Stolle said. “Based on the information I had, I was convinced we couldn’t provide for the safety of the deputies or the public, so I needed to get them out of there.” Deputies were pulled from the following locations prior to the shooting:
- Guadalajara’s at Town Center
- Hot Tuna
- Latitudes Bar and Grill
- Lynnhaven Fish House
- Rudee’s Restaurant
The deputies would wear their uniforms while working private security at the bars. Stolle said Bentley’s was the biggest problem, by far. Police responded to 300 calls at the club in the last year, and that resulted in 19 arrests. “Bentley’s was a constant problem,” Stolle said. “It was generating from the inside and spilling out into the parking lot where the deputies were and that is exactly what happened last night.” Critics said the violence may not have happened if the deputies were in the parking lot. “That sounds dumb,” said Terrance Smith, who works nearby. “Ain’t that their job… to protect people, protect and serve?” Stolle’s response was to point at all the incidents that happened while deputies were there. He said having deputies outside dangerous clubs gives patrons a false sense of security.
“Any of those wounds could have been fatal,” Stolle said. “Had the guy been a better shot, they may have been fatal.” Calls to Bentley’s management were not returned.
Madison Heights, VA March 16 2013- A shooter is on the loose after opening fire at a restaurant and nightclub overnight.
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Charlotte NC March 6 2013 One person was injured early Monday during a shooting outside a club at the NC Music Factory north of Charlotte’s uptown area. The shooting was reported about 2:45 a.m., Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say. According to initial reports, an argument broke out among two men in the parking lot near the Label, one of several clubs at the entertainment venue off North Graham Street. During the dispute, according to witnesses, one man fired a shot at another man, wounding him in the abdomen. The victim was taken to Carolinas Medical Center but is expected to recover, according to officers. The alleged shooter drove off. Police spent several hours talking to employees and others who were in the vicinity of the shooting. They concluded the investigation shortly before 6 a.m. There is no word about any arrests or a description of a suspect. The NC Music Factory has more than a dozen clubs and concert venues. A check of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police crime statistics shows only one shooting incident in the area since last summer. In a July 13 incident, two men were shot in the leg outside Club Halo. Source: Charlotte Observer
Woman credits nightclub security officer with saving son’ life in fiery crash www.privateofficer.com
ALBANY NY March 1 2013 – Karen Weller, her four-month-old son Tajaye and her best friend Carol Dion were traveling from Canada to New York City to visit family when they were involved in a deadly crash early Friday morning.
Perrotti, who fell on the ground drunk after hitting the bouncer, got even more angry and punched out a window pane in the club’s front door, after someone kicked him on the ground, his friend told police. But Perrotti’s tirade didn’t end there. He ran outside and smashed a storefront window of a business located next door on Washington Street, reports said. Perrotti, who was bleeding profusely from his right fist, then ran into a cop who stopped him on Newark Street, police said. The Hoboken Fire Department then cleared up the piles of smashed glass and laced with blood. Perrotti, who received 25 stitches to his hand, became violent and abusive at the Hoboken University Medical Center and had to be restrained and sedated, reports said.
Ocala Fla Feb 28 2013 A bouncer at an Ocala nightclub was shot in the shoulder early Monday morning, reportedly by a bar patron.
Washington DC Feb 26 2013 D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has ordered a Northwest Washington nightclub and adjacent restaurant in the Shaw neighborhood closed for four days, labeling them a threat to public safety after a man was fatally shot following a dispute inside the club early Saturday.
The proprietors of 1920dc and Asefu’s Restaurant, which are jointly owned, can request a public hearing to regain their liquor license after the order expires and the District’s alcohol regulatory board completes its investigation later this week. Lanier has used this power frequently to keep problem establishments in line.
Saturday’s shooting of 30-year-old Joseph Hardin of Alexandria occurred about 1:15 a.m. outside 1920dc in the 1900 block of Ninth Street NW, according to D.C. police.
The fatal shooting was one of two in the District in a matter of hours. Another Virginia man, 49-year-old Damon Luke Brown of Ashburn, was killed just before 3 a.m. in Southeast.
D.C. police were also investigating a killing that occurred early Sunday evening in the 1400 block of Canal Street SW, about four blocks west of Nationals Park. Police have identified the victim in that case as Tyrone Joyner, 22, of Southeast.
Authorities released few details in the latest two killings, but police made an arrest in Saturday’s nightclub shooting. Cedric Spicer, 24, of Northwest was charged with second-degree murder while armed and was ordered detained until his preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for March in D.C. Superior Court.
Charging documents filed in the case show that the victim got into an argument inside the club and was escorted outside, where the argument continued. Although the altercation took place at the hip-hop club, police shut down Asefu’s, which serves Ethiopian food, because it holds the liquor license for both establishments.
A short time after the argument, a witness told police, a masked man walked up to the victim “with his arm extended and shot him.” Another witness told police, according to the charging document, that the masked gunman fired at one of the women who was running away from the scene but missed, and then returned to the wounded victim lying on the sidewalk and “fired multiple rounds” into his body.
Police said the gunman had been in the nightclub before the shooting and had been there in the past. Police said a witness identified the gunman from his Facebook page, where he goes by “Young Dro Pak,”a name he also has tattooed on his stomach.
Police said the suspect was arrested after a foot chase by patrol officers. His attorney could not be reached Monday afternoon. The owner of the club and restaurant also could not be reached; a number to the club was not accepting messages.
The club manager, who spoke to The Washington Post over the weekend on the condition of anonymity because the person is a witness in the case, said the gunman had not been in the club and that the dispute inside never got physical. The manager objected to Lanier’s emergency closure.
In her letter to owner, Lanier faulted club managers for not calling police when the initial disturbance broke out, saying that the victim had been threatened. The chief wrote that the “violent crime can be connected directly to the operations of the ‘Asefu’s Restaurant’ establishment, and severely endangers the residents and visitors of this city.”
Source: Washington Post
WASHINGTON DC Feb 24 2013 (AP) – D.C. police say a Virginia man was shot and killed following a dispute inside a nightclub, and a suspect is in custody.
Police say 30-year-old Joseph Hardin of Alexandria was fatally shot early Saturday morning in the 1900 block of 9th Street, Northwest. The location is just a few blocks from the Howard University campus in an area known for nightlife.
Police say the gunman, 24-year-old Cedric Spicer of Northwest Washington, was arrested immediately after the shooting. He’s been charged with first-degree murder while armed.
Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman, says Hardin and Spicer got into some kind of dispute inside 1920 DC, a nightclub and lounge. The argument continued onto the street, where Hardin was shot.
Calaveras County CA Feb 23 2013 A bouncer at the Murphys Historic Hotel bar suffered stab wounds and a former Angels Camp man was arrested following an encounter last Friday, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The Sheriff’s Office said that Jeron Daniel Roberts, 34, stabbed the bouncer during a fight outside the bar.
Deputies dispatched to the scene about 11:15 p.m. last Friday arrived to find the bouncer and others holding Roberts on the ground.
While investigating the incident, deputies also arrested Douglas Koch, 26, of Angels Camp. Roberts and Koch reportedly arrived at the bar together and were already intoxicated, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.
Roberts was jailed on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Koch was jailed on suspicion of misdemeanor public intoxication. The bouncer received medical treatment at the scene. Investigators said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Investigators said the weapon used was a folding knife with a 4-inch blade.
Memphis TN Feb 19 2013 Two juveniles have been arrested after a nightclub security guard and a 16-year-old girl were shot Sunday night near the same block in Hickory Hill, according to police.
The girl was found by police about 9:41 p.m. in front of the Walmart at 2586 Hickory Hill. She was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in noncritical condition.
Around the corner on Apple Tree Drive, police found the 21-year-old security guard. He was taken to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis in noncritical condition.
The shooting began that night outside nearby Zodiac nightclub on Mt. Moriah, where in November a 15-year-old boy was shot. Gunfire started Sunday after as many as 300 people were turned away when the club reached maximum capacity, police said.
Shortly afterward, officers heard more shots at the Enclave Apartments in the area. They arrested two juveniles, but charges were unknown Monday morning.
No other injuries were reported.
An investigation is ongoing.
Laredo TX Feb 17 2013 The bouncer at a local nightclub is arrested after an argument with a patron gets out of hand with him allegedly shooting at her vehicle!
Manuel Martinez is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police did not recover a weapon, but the case is still under investigation.
Police tell us the incident happened shortly before three Friday morning in the parking lot of Club Majesty. A woman called 911 frantically saying someone had shot at her. We’re told the situation started as an argument between the woman and a security guard at the bar.
It escalated and she left with the suspect allegedly pulling out a gun and firing at her truck.
Police arrived and found a casing on the ground as well as a bullet hole in the woman’s vehicle.
New York NY Feb 15 2013 A 29-year-old man pointed a gun at a bouncer of a Church Avenue nightclub on Feb. 11 — say police who arrested him and a 26-year-old accomplice.
The bouncer told police he was working the door of the club between Flatlands and Bedford avenues at 4:46 am when the younger suspect began shouting threats at him.
“You and this nightclub are going to get, going to get it,” the suspect allegedly stammered.
The older suspect then approached the bouncer and took a swing at him, before pulling a pistol from his waistband, pointing it at the victim, and pulling the trigger, police allege.
Fortunately, the gun didn’t fire and the suspects fled, although cops were quick to catch up with them, finding the suspects, along with their pistol, in the back of yellow cab, police said.
IMPERIAL VALLEY, Calif. Feb 13 2013– Police continue to investigate the death of a bar patron who got into a fight with several bouncers and died.
Police say they have not arrested any of the bouncers involved in the fight that happened just before Daniel Romero died.
KSWT News 13 spoke to Robert Prada, the owner of Kashmir, the nightclub where Romero got into a fight with a bar bouncer early Sunday morning.
Prada says he has turned over all surveillance video to police.
Prada also says Romero, who was a trained MMA fighter and Army veteran, punched one of his bouncers.
“When security went and apprehended the individual and asked him to step outside, he did not cooperate, and he took a swing and struck one of my security guards,” Prada said.
Prada tells KSWT News 13 that is when two other bouncers stepped in to hold Romero down.
“He was detained. I believe it took four guards to control him and get him out,” Prada said.
A short time later, Romero stopped breathing.
When asked if his bouncers reacted appropriately, Prada said, “They did not touch him prior to him striking the guard. They then apprehended him so he could not get out of control. The guards took him out of the building and restrained him outside.”
KSWT also asked Prada if there was any sign of Romero not being able to breathe during the fight.
“No. The video surveillance does not show any kind of striking or anything like that. My guards responded in a professional manner. They reacted as soon as he swung.”
Paramedics rushed Romero to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
Still, the question remains: What happened to Romero while he was being restrained by four bouncers outside of the bar?
The Imperial County Sheriffs Coroner’s Office tells KSWT News 13 that autopsy results should be released tomorrow.
Source: KSWT News 13