Club Vox shut down for good after 5 minute court hearing

Club Vox shut down for good after 5 minute court hearing

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on July 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 6:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Club Vox has been a fixture on Charlotte’s nightlife scene for years, but after a five minute hearing on Monday morning the notorious nightclub was put out of business.

"I'm glad they are gone. On the weekend late at night I can hear them from my house," said Patrick Houston a resident.

In a Mecklenburg County Courtroom owner Curtis Leak decided to throw in the towel.  The city has been trying to close the club as a public nuisance since 2010.

"It took a while but I think anything that's worth doing takes a while," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Attorney Mark Newbold.

A court allowed Leak to keep his doors open under strict conditions; eliminating violence and hiring company police to keep the peace.

A March shootout on the property was the last straw and the reason for Monday’s contempt hearing.

During that March shootout, when Police arrived they found that one of the participants was a security guard. He was armed with military style weapons and multiple clips of ammo, and there was even a grenade launcher.

"It's the first time I've seen a grenade launcher attached to that type of weapon that security guard would have," said Newbold.

The guards were not certified under North Carolina Law; a direct violation of that 2010 court order.

“In North Carolina if you’re going to be an armed security guard you have to have quite a bit of training before you can carry a gun and act as a security guard and that was not occurring at that place,” said the Attorney.

The club is located at 2401 Wilkinson Boulevard and is a part of the Camp Green Neighborhood. The association and Shiloh Baptist applaud the decision.

"I think the impact is going to be a more peaceful community," said Revered Joseph Talley with Shiloh Baptist. "Yes, it is a battle it's a war and one battle after another."

Leak signed a consent order which found him in contempt. In exchange for not sending him to jail for 10 days the owner agreed to give up his liquor license and not operate another nightclub in Charlotte for at least a year.

He declined to comment after the hearing.

 

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