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Hearing Starts to Determine Fate of Dayton Nightclub
DAYTON—The fate of Vault, a downtown nightclub is now in the hands of a Montgomery County Judge.
Over the past two years, police were called to the Vault 75 times, 11 people have been assaulted and one person was shot and killed. Friday morning, the state presented their case to get the club shut down for good.
The city of Dayton and the Dayton Police Department temporarily closed The Vault on June 28 because of complaints from surrounding businesses, and complaints from the Downtown Dayton Partnership.
"Our concern is just that we are spending a lot of police time in this place where the police need to be also out in the residential neighborhoods and doing general patrols,” explained Steve Seboldt, a real estate owner downtown.
One by one , the state presented their witnesses to plead their case about why they think the nightclub should be close indefinitely. From the president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, to police officers who regularly patrol the nightclub, each stressed that the business has been an ongoing problem.
Last month, a judged issued a temporary injunction that closed the vault for two weeks because Dayton police said they received numerous complaints from surrounding businesses and the Downtown Dayton Partnership.
"It's offensive to me that I have to sit there every night and wonder if I'm going to not come home, because I may be seriously injured” said a downtown police officer.
Police say the club has been draining their resources since officers have responded to nearly 100 callers in the past two years. Last November, a man was shot and killed outside the Vault. The club has also had liquor law violations.
The Vault had no representation at the hearing so Reporter Annette Peagler attempted to contact club owner Hopson Bell, but there was no answer. Earlier in the month he spoke to Peagler on camera and said he would be there to defend his nightclub.
"If they didn't show up then apparently they didn't feel like it should be open now I do believe this building could stay open as a club as long as the people behind it is supporting it and willing to do the things necessary to keep it open," said Curtis Lockett, who has been to the Vault.
The judge will decide whether or not to shut down the club by Tuesday.
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