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City may be considering new legal options for troubled nightclub

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Sources tell WBTV News that the City of Charlotte may consider using public nuisance laws to deal with problems at West Charlotte's Club 935.

Numbers from CMPD reveal that officers have visited the night spot more than 60 times in the last six months.

The fatal shooting of  23 year old Terrell Jones happened in South Charlotte, but relatives of the victim said the events leading up to crime started at Club 935. 

Three nights before the shooting, concerned residents of the Wesley Heights Neighborhood sounded of with the all too familiar chorus of not in my back yard. 

John Gresham is the lawyer who represents the club and it's owner feels something else may be at work.

"I think that some of this is related to the notion that. We would prefer to have something other than a club that caters to black patrons in the neighborhood," he said.

Well established businesses near the corner of Morehead and Sumitt have felt the residual impact.

The open Kitchen Restaurant has been a Charlotte Staple for more than 60 years.

Christina Skiouris has had to clean up the mess after patrons have gone home.

She said, "We would come here Monday morning, and whole parking lot would be full of trash bags beer cans bottles."

Sources inside of Charlotte City Government say moving to civil court is one option.

Paul Whitfield has handled similar cases for the city of Charlotte as a special prosecutor.

"The legislature gave this as a gift to local governments and local police."

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