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Citing 'Grave' Risk, Chapel Hill Officials Want Club Closed

Posted August 4, 2006

— The town manager of Chapel Hill agrees with the town's police chief that a club where a shooting took place last week should be closed.

Kedrain Swann, 26, was shot 12 times outside Club Avalon Saturday night after an altercation inside the club, police said. He died at a local hospital.

Police Chief's Report


The club has had dozens of complaints, Police Chief Gregg Jarvies said. Earlier this month, a club patron and his friend were beaten up inside the club. That same night, someone fired gunshots outside the club.

In his report to the Town Council and town manager Friday, Jarvies pointed out 25 incidents at or near the Avalon club.

Jarvis said that the number of incidents at Avalon is twice the number associated with any similar club in town.

"The number and seriousness of the criminal incidents that have occurred at the Avalon nightclub.... present a grave safety risk to citizens who live, work, travel and visit the vicinity of the club," Jarvies said. "I recommend that the Avalon nightclub not be licensed to do business in the Town of Chapel Hill."

The report from town manager W. Calvin Horton will be presented to the town attorney and the town council, who will consider the issue at the next Town Council meeting on Sept. 11.

The club has already decided to close for a few weeks.

(A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed Jarvies remarks to Horton.)


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