Hearing about St. Louis club’s liquor license suspended

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Posted on September 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 3 at 4:22 PM

(KMOV) -- The case that may determine the future of a local night club has been suspended until Sept. 13.

The city of St. Louis is trying to revoke Lure night club’s liquor license.
 
On Friday the city dropped one of five charges against Lure; a charge stemming from an incident that occured when Club Lure was closed. Defense attorneys claim that proves the city doesn't have a strong case.
 
Three police officers testified about two fights near the club. The most recent incident was on Februar 19, 2010. In that incident, shots were fired at officers. No one was injured.

During cross examination, lawyers for Lure asked the officers if they could prove that the crowds or problems specifically came from Lure. One admitted he could not, saying only that the problems were in close proximity to the club.

A resident of the building occupied by Lure testified. Earl Westfall told Judge Margaret Walsh, "I don’t  mind having a club. I mind having a business that is mismanaged like this one is." Westfall describes multiple instances of drunks wandering in the tenant portions of the building, including the lobby. He said there is a back door to the building that Lure managers use as an entrance to the club, and he alleged that minors were let in to the club through this entrance. Westfall also claims managers have ignored resident's complaints about cigarette smoke, and that it is noticeable in his loft apartment on the 6th floor of the building.

The judge suspended the case until Sept. 13 when lawyers have to submit a written closing argument. The judge said she will give her ruling 2 days after that.

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