April 5, 2017 -- A sports bar in the Castalia Heights section of South Memphis shut down last week because of violence and widespread marijuana use was declared a public nuisance Tuesday and closed permanently, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
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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.
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Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:00

"The Smoke Shop" Permanently Closed

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced that “The Smoke Shop” is closed permanently for the illegal storage and sale of “bath salts.” The closure comes as the result of a nuisance petition filed on March 7th, 2012 by the D.A.’s office. The store was temporarily closed pending a hearing in Division 14 (fourteen), Shelby County Environmental Court.
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:15

Court Declares “Showgirls ” Public Nuisance

October 26th, 2011- At the request of District Attorney General Amy Weirich, “Showgirls”, 3880 Lamar Avenue, has been declared a public nuisance by Judge Larry Potter in Shelby County Environmental Court.
Judge Potter’s order stated he was pleased with the progress that the owners, (Culbreath Land Company), have made in instituting remedies at "Showgirls". However, the prostitution and drug sales witnessed by officers in the club did constitute a public nuisance. Dancers at “Showgirls”, (aka The Gentlemen’s’ Club”), had performed various sex acts in exchange for money. The current petition filed on September 9th, 2011, detailed the instances of prostitution and drug activity inside the club. Judge Potter closed the club temporarily, and ordered changes be made.
The latest court order requires the location remain closed through November 25th, 2011 at 8:00 AM. Upon reopening, the club’s operators must comply with the remedies listed in the Judge Potter’s order. The owners must conduct criminal background checks for all employees, independent contractors and dancers who apply to work within the club. Background checks must be completed every six (6) months. The club owners have been ordered to continue efforts to prevent the sale of drugs and prostitution in the club. The judge ordered the club owners to pay restitution to the Memphis Police Department for their costs incurred in the investigation.
“Compliance with the law is the goal of our actions against these owners,” said Weirich. “We are hopeful that this will be the last time Showgirls is the subject of a nuisance action. But if they continue to break the law, we will be back in front of Judge Potter asking for permanent action”
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On Friday, August 19th, 2011, the Office of Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Memphis Police Department shut down "Club Eclipse," at 4532 Getwell, as a public nuisance.
Following an intensive, one year, undercover investigation conducted by Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies, FBI field investigators and Memphis Police Department detectives, the D.A.’s office filed a public nuisance action against the owner Juvenal Perez. The investigation was initiated after the prosecutors and police received numerous complaints from citizens and nearby businesses of alleged drug sales, drug use and criminal gang activity occurring at the club. Undercover officers made purchases of powder cocaine on eleven separate occasions from individuals inside the club during operating hours, and in the presence of a large numbers of patrons. These drug transactions occurred in the presence of Club Eclipse management, staff and security personnel. Seven individuals have been arrested as a result of this investigation.
Armando Perez, Juan Perez, Adrean Perez, Victor Perez, Francisco Perez, Rosalio Perez and Sergio Hernandez, have been arrested and charged federally with one count each of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. These individuals are scheduled for detention hearing before a federal magistrate on Thursday, August 25th, 2011.
There have been 23 reported crimes at, or within, the Club during the course of the investigation, including six aggravated assaults, four simple assaults, two felony narcotics violations, two thefts, one rape, one robber and several reports of shots fired on or near the Club.
Gang presence within the Club has been documented, and many reports allege that gang members routinely gather and congregate at the location. One aggravated assault occurring at the club specifically alleged the involvement of the “Surenos 13” criminal gang.
The temporary injunction was executed on Friday night, (August 19th, 2011), as investigators entered the location and halted club operations.
Club Eclipse is approximately two miles from several schools and daycare facilities, including Oakhaven Elementary and Sheffield High School. The owner must appear before the Shelby County Environmental Court on August 24th, 2011 to answer the allegations in the petition.
“If you cannot run a business legally in Shelby County, we will shut you down,” stated District Attorney Weirich. “This nuisance action is the result of great work by not only my office, but the FBI, Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office,” said Weirich. “Whether your place of criminal activity is a street corner or a night club, our area law enforcement will put an end to it.”
Tennessee’s nuisance law states that the District Attorney General has authority to bring a civil action against any establishment deemed a nuisance. 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.”
The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office has filed nuisance actions against the owners of more than 200 properties, both residential and business. Some nuisance actions have resulted in permanent closure of the properties. Others have reopened under consent orders to alleviate the nuisance.
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On Wednesday, May 11th, Memphis police officers, U.S. Marshals and Assistant District Attorneys executed the court ordered temporary injunction, posting notices in and around the complex that prohibits non-tenants from loitering about the complex. New Horizon Apartments is a large apartment complex, with over nine hundred units. Previously known as the “Kingsgate Apartments”, the complex, (located southeast of the intersection of Millbranch and Winchester), is within one and a half miles of eight Memphis public schools, including a satellite campus of Southwest Tennessee Community College.
The District Attorney General’s Office filed a public nuisance petition against the complex’s owners, Monterra Park LLC, in Division Fourteen, Shelby County Environmental Court, (Judge Larry Potter), identifying the complex as “an uncontrolled danger and a nuisance.” The owner is listed as Wendell Jacobsen, of Monterra Park, LLC, located in Fountain Green, Utah. Monterra Park, LLC has been ordered to appear before Shelby County Environmental Court on May 16th, 2011 to answer the petition. The temporary injunction resulted from the five month investigation conducted by the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit, the Shelby County District Attorney General Office’s Gang & Narcotics Unit, and the U.S. Marshal Service’s West Tennessee District.
“Everyone deserves a safe place to sleep,” said District Attorney Amy Weirich. “If you manage your property, or conduct yourself contrary to that basic principle, you leave us no choice but to stop you.”
The petition filed against New Horizon indicates that between November, 2010 and March 2011, Memphis police officers responded to 875 calls for service in the complex. The calls included complaints of shootings, assaults, robberies, armed parties, gang fights and other criminal activities. There were 32 aggravated assaults, 61 burglaries, and seven car thefts occurring in the complex during this period. On April 1st, 2011, a one year old child was shot in the leg while sitting with his mother in their apartment within the complex. Investigators have made numerous arrests for illegal guns and drugs, and have seized cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana at locations throughout the complex. Numerous reports have been filed regarding gang members brandishing and firing assault rifles and other weapons. During the period of investigation, officers witnessed several different gangs openly operating and congregating inside the complex. These gang affiliations include Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, Crips and a gang called the “Kingsgate Mafia.”
“The Memphis Police Department and its officers are committed to improving the safety of our citizens and our community,” said Director Toney Armstrong. “We will continue our efforts against criminal activity. This includes property owners who allow properties to fall prey to criminal influences.”
The U.S. Marshal’s Service’s Western Tennessee District assisted Memphis Police in the identification and apprehension of several fugitives known to frequent in the complex.
“The Deputy Marshals of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force assigned to the Western District of Tennessee are pleased to assist all local law enforcement agencies in these operations,” said U.S. Marshal Jeffrey Holt, Western District of Tennessee. “Our operations here included arrests of several dangerous fugitives. These fugitives will now be off the streets and out of this complex.”
As a result of investigations by the Memphis Police Department since the start of Operation Blue CRUSH™, the D.A.’s Office has filed nuisance actions against the owners of more than 200 properties, both residential and businesses. Some nuisance actions have resulted in permanent closure of the properties. Others have reopened under consent orders to alleviate the nuisance.
Tennessee’s nuisance law states that the District Attorney General has authority to bring a civil action against any establishment deemed a nuisance. 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.”
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On Friday afternoon, April 8, 2011, uniformed police officers from the Old Allen Station closed and posted signage at 1333 North Hollywood, "Hollywood Car Wash".
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Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich and Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin announced that a South Highland retail store shut down last week by the D.A.’s Office and the Memphis Police Department has been permanently closed.
The owner of Tokens, located at 569 South Highland, did not contest the nuisance action and entered into a consent order Friday morning in Shelby County Environmental Court declaring the business a public nuisance and closing it for good. Under the order, the owner, who leases the space on Highland, has agreed to vacate the space and will be allowed to remove his personal property. The D.A.’s Office is working with the owner of the building on securing a new tenant for the space.
“This is not only a victory for law enforcement, it is a win for the entire community, especially the neighboring citizens and businesses who have had to endure the crimes and unsafe atmosphere created by Tokens,” said District Attorney Weirich. “If you continue to operate a business in a reckless and illegal manner, my office will shut you down,” she warned.
Officers with the MPD’s Organized Crime Unit closed Tokens on Friday, February 4, after the D.A.’s office filed a public nuisance action against the owner. The investigation was initiated after the prosecutors and police received numerous complaints from citizens and nearby businesses. Tokens was located on a high traffic commercial area and was within one mile of 10 schools, including the University of Memphis.
The petition filed against Tokens stated that on 11 different occasions, detectives purchased so-called “whip-it” inhalants and related devices at the store. A “whip-it” is a street term used to describe a nitrous oxide device (which does have a legitimate purpose) that can be “cracked” or opened to release the gas. A balloon is then used for inhalation purposes. It produces a high and is specifically against the law in Tennessee. During the investigation, detectives specifically made statements to employees of Tokens relating to inhaling the nitrous oxide. The investigation revealed the employees and the store knew exactly what they were selling and the intended use of the products, in blatant and direct violation of Tennessee law.
In addition to the Organized Crime Unit’s investigation, the Memphis Police Department had responded to numerous calls and complaints at Tokens over the past 10 months. Since March 2010, officers arrested 12 individuals at the location for offenses such as Possession of Controlled Substances including Xanax and marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and DUI.
As a result of investigations by the Memphis Police Department since the start of Operation Blue CRUSH™, the D.A.’s Office has filed nuisance actions against the owners of more than 200 properties, both residential and businesses. Some nuisance actions have resulted in permanent closure of the properties. Others have reopened under consent orders to alleviate the nuisance.
Tennessee’s nuisance law states that the District Attorney General has authority to bring a civil action against any establishment deemed a nuisance. 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.”
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