Gainesville Police Say One Nightclub Has Too Much Crime
Gainesville Police officers have been seen at 233 West University Avenue so many times in the last four years, you might think that's the address of their headquarters.
But it's actually the location of the nightclub The Venue, and officers say that's a trend that has to change.
Officers were involved in three different incidents this past weekend in or around the club.
Early Friday morning, they arrested 22-year-old Brandon Avery Douglas for allegedly selling ecstasy in the men's bathroom.
They also arrested 24-year-old Jonathan Sharron Dupree the next night for an outstanding drug warrant, and someone shot a gun into the air in a parking lot behind The Venue Sunday morning after the club closed.
In all, they've responded to 124 calls at that address since 2004.
Police say the club's management has to step up and help officers cut down on the crime.
"If they have to hire more security, so be it. If they have to start not letting certain people in the club, so be it. They need to do something, and not just wait for GPD to pick up the pieces," said Lt. Keith Kameg of the Gainesville Police Department.
Authorities say if it gets worse, they can shut the club down, but that is a lengthy process they don't want to go through.
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