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November 25, 2013

City probes violence at private club

Report: Rowdy customer beaten, zapped with stun gun


When asked about the man who allegedly attacked the women outside, Viola told police she did not witness any disturbance other than the one caused by the two women trying to get into the club, the police report said.

Police have cited Viola for several violations, including having an illegal weapon on the promises, violating private club rules and noise complaints from neighbors. Possible punishment ranges from a warning to suspension or revocation of the club’s license to sell alcohol.

Joseph Edwards, chairman the License Commission, deferred comment until today’s hearing, which is at 3 p.m. at City Hall.

While investigating last week’s incident, police also uncovered other potential license violations. One of the female victims told police she is regularly buzzed into the club after hours to use the bathroom. Police also noted that one of the female victims did not have a driver’s license in her possession. Viola told police the woman was not regularly asked to show proof of her age because she is a club member.

In July, the commission warned Viola about following private club rules after police said the club was caught operating with the guest book behind the bar instead of in a conspicuous place, in violation of a city ordinance.

Police uncovered the problem after they dropped in to check how the establishment was being run during a promotional night for the public. City rules require that private clubs keep a guest book in plain sight and that everyone in the club is either a member or signed in by a member.

At the commission’s July hearing, police Lt. Robert Pistone said officers visited the club June 20 and asked about the location of the guest sign-in book.

Pistone said officers were told it was on a cabinet behind the bar. He said the officers were asked, “What do you need to see if for?”

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