By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
City: Closed clubs are nuisance, cost taxpayers
Capt. Tom Woodrum of the Statesboro Police Department tapes a copy of a court-ordered injunction to the door of the Platinum Lounge after padlocking the entrance Wednesday. The establishment was ordered to cease operations because of repeated violent incidents.
In the wake of a fatal shooting at a Statesboro nightclub Sunday, a discussion between Statesboro city officials and police led to the forced closure of two clubs with a history of violent incidents. Johnnie L. Benton, 25, of Rincon, was killed and Jamal Heard, 21, also of Rincon, was seriously injured when an unknown gunman opened fire at Primetime Lounge, at 608 Northside Drive W. A homicide at Platinum Lounge, located on Proctor Street adjacent to Maxway, remains yet unsolved. On Aug. 19, 2012, Akeila Roschell Martin, 32, of Statesboro, was fatally shot and another woman injured as an unknown man fired shots into a huge crowd outside the club.
Sign up for the Herald's free e-newsletter