Wednesday, 23 September 2015 08:18

Mt. Moriah Nightclub Closed as Public Nuisance

MEMPHIS – Sept. 23, 2015 - A Mt. Moriah nightclub was closed as a public nuisance Tuesday night because of repeated complaints of shootings, prostitution, drug trafficking, illegal liquor sales and alcohol sales to minors, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Wednesday.
The Mansion (aka Club Mansion) at 2514 Mt. Moriah Road was closed after an injunction submitted by the DA’s office was signed by General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter.
The club will remain closed at least until a hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Environmental Court.
The nuisance petition was submitted to the court by DA Weirich and Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Hagerman following an investigation by the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit/Vice Team 3.
Named as defendants in the petition are club operator Sammie Kuykendall of East Frank Avenue and property owner Blue Hen Properties, LLC, at 5050 Summer Ave.
“The Mansion is the site of a disproportionate amount of illegal and violent activity,” DA Weirich said in the petition for abatement of a nuisance. “Neighbors in the area have come to know that the mansion is a dangerous place where gang members frequently congregate and illicit activities regularly occur.”
The Mt. Moriah establishment was formerly occupied by Platinum Plus, a topless nightclub permanently closed as a nuisance in 2006 because of money laundering, drug trafficking and prostitution.
Members of the Memphis Police Department's OCU Vice Team have documented aggravated assaults, vandalism, thefts and embezzlement at The Mansion.
Between June of 2014 and July of 2015, police responded to 44 calls there that also included multiple shootings, fights, disturbances and thefts from motor vehicles.
In November a man was shot in the forearm while walking to his car after a large fight broke out inside The Mansion.
Later that month members of the gang Young Mob were on the parking lot firing assault weapons in the air. Officers said the club owner did not want police called for fear of being closed down.
Under Tennessee’s nuisance law, the District Attorney General has authority to bring a civil action against any establishment deemed a nuisance, said Hagerman, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Organized Crime Prosecution Unit.
The statute defines a nuisance, in part, as “any place in or upon which. . .unlawful sale of any regulated legend drug, narcotic or other controlled substance. . .quarrelling, drunkenness, fighting, or breaches of the peace are carried on or permitted.”