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City and Police Join Night Club License Renewal Protest

The City of Wichita Falls is backing the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission in trying to revoke the liquor license of a Wichita Falls night club.  City Councillors made that decision at their meeting this morning.  A local TABC agent found there was a higher than normal number of police calls to the Las Vegas Club on North Scott, so TABC filed the protest of renewal and asked the City of Wichita Falls to join.
    Pete Pullin has operated a business on North Scott for more than 50 years.
    He says the Las Vegas Club moved into the neighborhood about six years ago and they haven't been very good neighbors.
    "They cause too much hassle.  Too much goes on at night here that shouldn't go on," Pullin says.
    The city of Wichita Falls and the Wichita Falls Police Department joined the local Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission in protesting the renewal of the club's liquor license.
    Wichita Falls Interim Police Chief Manual Borrego says, "What we found is they were excessive in a number of arrests we made there.  As we looked up data with clubs in the area, they were excessively high, especially with disturbances and assaults."
    Police department stats show a much higher number of calls to the club than other similar clubs in the past several years.
    Since 2004, the police department reports eight assaults, 13 drug related calls and 41 warrants for arrests served there.
    And, in the past two years, police report 70 disturbance calls and a total of 239 calls for service.
    "It's unfortunate any time you have a business and the business owner is trying to make a living, but we have to look at the general welfare of the public," Borrego says.
    The Las Vegas Club's license to serve alcohol expired on May 11, but will remain in effect until the TABC makes a ruling on a renewal.
    Once TABC officers compile information, they'll send it to their attorneys for review and they'll decide if there's enough evidence to make a case.
    Because of the type of liquor license Las Vegas Club has, Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom would preside over that hearing.
    Borrego says WFPD officers are also going to start investigating other night clubs to see if similar protests should be filed.
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