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Posted: 10:37 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2013
By Allison Latos
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
West Charlotte neighbors turned to Channel 9, saying they are frightened and fed up with violent crimes like murder, shootings and thefts they claim all stem a nightclub. Eyewitness News learned police are taking new steps to stop the crime, but the club's attorney said people are pointing the blame in the wrong place. "My car was hit by three stray bullets," said Wesley Heights resident Luke Volkmar. He claims crime is spilling out of Club 935. "We're standing up for a community that has kids playing on the street," he said. In February, Eyewitness News reported a man was shot and killed in the parking lot. Since then, police said there have been more shootings and thefts nearby. "Fifteen minutes after the club let out last weekend, we had another shooting," said Lt. Blake Hollar. Hollar said businesses along Morehead Street stopped letting club patrons park in their lots, so they turned to neighborhood streets. Starting Friday night, CMPD will have more officers there. "We've deployed the Sky Tower that you can see right there at Summit and Morehead and it will be manned," said Hollar. The club's attorney, John Gresham, told Channel 9 the owner works to run a safe business and isn't to blame. "He is probably the only club owner in town that employs 10 off duty police officers to patrol the outside area of his club," he said. Volkmar is now challenging his neighbors to protect the future of Wesley Heights. "The club has to go for that to happen," he said. According to Gresham, neighbors have never reached out to Club 935. "I've heard nothing from anyone from Wesley Heights," said Gresham. "So how could we have a meeting with them?" Police said the club is not in compliance with zoning rules because patrons have no real parking. Gresham said they're working to iron that out.
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