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City asks court to shut club

September 28, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The city filed an injunction in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court to stop the use of a building on South Street that has been focus of numerous police calls, including a shooting in August that left two people with gunshot wounds.

Costa Mastros, assistant city law director, filed the injunction against Derek Smith of 144 Wildon Ave., the owner of the building at 601-603 South St.

Mastros said Smith is operating a business in the building known as Club 106.

Smith was served a notice of zoning and building code violations on Aug. 28 and given until Sept. 10 to cease operations of the club.

Mastros said Smith continues to use the building in violation of the city's zoning and building codes.

Mastros is asking Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to issue an injunction at a hearing on Oct. 22.

In the August incident, numerous cars in the Club 106 parking lot were hit with gunfire.

Police Chief William McCafferty said he believes the area around the club has been a "haven for criminal activity." He said the police department has been limited in what actions it can legally take against the club. The chief said the club doesn't have a liquor license.

"It is operating illegally and doesn't have the proper building permits that all other businesses in the city must abide by," McCafferty said.

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