Greenville files lawsuit against five uptown nightclubs - WNCT

Greenville files lawsuit against five uptown nightclubs

Posted: Updated:
Greenville attorneys say Club 519 owes $2,750 in fines. Greenville attorneys say Club 519 owes $2,750 in fines.
GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Attorneys for City of Greenville have filed a lawsuit against five uptown nightclubs saying they owe more than $60,000 in fines.

Rob Waldron, co-owner of Club 519 and 5th Street Distillery, says regulations on nightclub bouncers in Greenville's uptown district are too much.

"I have very little turnover, you want me to file the same report this month, next month, the month after that - after a while it really becomes difficult to take these people seriously," said Waldron.

After a double murder at The Other Place nightclub in 2009, the city passed laws that required bouncers to undergo background checks and police training. It mandated club owners re-register bouncers every month as part of a compromise deal.

9 On Your Side uncovered five clubs, including Waldron's, that owe more than $60,000 the city says was incurred from fines after they failed to register bouncers. Those nightclubs include The Phoenix at $34,300, The Other Place at $19,400, 5th Street Distillery at $1,350, Club 519 at $2,750 and Rum Republic at $6,150.

Waldron says a computer error with the city caused his reports to not register.

Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas says a law is a law.

"Some of those businesses even on that list are some of our best partners now and they're helping to improve the community but the facts are we need to work together to help make it better," said Thomas.

We attempted to contact the other club owners multiple times but were unsuccessful. They all have 30 days after being notified of the lawsuit to respond.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Visitation, funeral Friday for Tarboro officer killed in crash

    Visitation, funeral Friday for Tarboro officer killed in crash

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:07 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:07:42 GMT
    A state Department of Transportation truck driver was charged Thursday in connection with an accident that left an off duty Tarboro police officer dead.
    A state Department of Transportation truck driver was charged Thursday in connection with an accident that left an off duty Tarboro police officer dead.
  • Old scam shows up again in Carteret County

    Old scam shows up again in Carteret County

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:42:34 GMT
    Phone ScamPhone Scam
    Carteret County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about an old scam that's showing up again. Scammers call your phone saying relatives like sons or grandsons are in jail in foreign countries like Mexico or France. They are asking for money to be wired. Deputies say they normally ask for you to use Western Union or Money Gram. Then the scammers will target you again asking for more money. The Sheriff's Office reminds people to ask for a call back number, try calling your family membe...
    Carteret County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about an old scam that's showing up again. Scammers call your phone saying relatives like sons or grandsons are in jail in foreign countries like Mexico or France. They are asking for money to be wired. Deputies say they normally ask for you to use Western Union or Money Gram. Then the scammers will target you again asking for more money. The Sheriff's Office reminds people to ask for a call back number, try calling your family membe...
  • Funeral held for fallen New Bern officer

    Funeral held for fallen New Bern officer

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:45:42 GMT
    Dozens of people lined the streets of New Bern as 22-year-old Officer Alexander Thalmann's hearse passed through Friday afternoon.
    Dozens of people lined the streets of New Bern as 22-year-old Officer Alexander Thalmann's hearse passed through Friday afternoon.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.