Friday, 13 January 2017 21:08

White Station Nightclub Closed as Public Nuisance

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MEMPHIS – Jan. 14, 2017 - A nightclub on White Station near Summer was closed as a public nuisance Friday night after police documented months of cocaine trafficking, prostitution, shootings and assaults, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Between June 2015 and December 2016 the Las Vegas Bar and Grill at 754 N. White Station was the scene of 31 police calls that also included a robbery-kidnapping and three aggravated assaults involving firearms.
Investigators also said the club used teenage girls as prostitutes, including one who was 14.
The location previously operated as La Stempeda which was closed in 2011 as a nuisance for cocaine sales and other illegal activity.
The club is .7 of a mile from New Church, .8 mile from Northeast Preparatory Academy, 1.1 mile from New Hope Church, 1.2 miles from White Station Middle School and 1.5 miles from Richland Elementary.
The petition for a temporary injunction was filed by Gen. Weirich and by Bruce McMullen, chief legal officer/city attorney for the City of Memphis. Named as Las Vegas club representatives were Osman Ruby Zelaya and Lester Munguia Zelaya.
The petition was granted and signed by Referee John Cameron of Environmental Court/General Sessions 14.
A hearing is set for Wednesday Jan. 18 when the club operators will be asked to show why they should not be closed permanently or whether they are willing to take measures to address problems at the club, according to Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Hagerman and Asst. City Prosecutor William L. Gibbons Jr.