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City to Review Club Where Fatal Shooting Occurred

Posted July 30, 2007

— Police have issued 16 citations for violations of the city's amplified entertainment ordinance this year, including one at a club that officials are watching closely after a June slaying.

Tyrone Robert Covington, 28, of Durham, was shot to death on June 25 outside Black Tie Nightlife, a club at 3201 New Bern Ave. A second man was wounded in the shooting.

Police said they had received 409 calls since the beginning of 2006 from the area near the club, although not all involved emergency situations.

That prompted City Councilman Philip Isley to request a study of how the city enforces its amplified entertainment ordinance. The city uses the ordinance to issue permits for such clubs.

Black Tie was cited on Feb. 16 for violating the ordinance.

Other citations were given to Korner Pockets in January, El Rincon Latino in March and May, Amra's twice in June and White Collar Crime, The L, Around the Corner, Lucky B's, Dive Bar, ESS Lounge, Buckhead Saloon, Club Kiroco, Napper Tandy's and Ambis 1 once each in June.

Violations can result in fines from $500 to $5,000, and a fourth offense in any 12-month period leads to a one-year suspension of the amplied entertainment permit.

The report also details that a sexual assault and a stabbing were reported at Black Tie within 10 days before the June 25 shooting.

City Attorney Thomas McCormick has sent a letter to Bad Billy's LLC, which leases the New Bern Avenue site to Black Tie, warning the owners that the city could close the club if the crimes persist and it is deemed a public nuisance.


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  • mindyourown Jul 31, 2007

    THEM is all inclusive (anyone that goes there), hows that?

  • this_is_bananas Jul 31, 2007

    All of this "THEM" business is annoying. If you mean black people, say black people. If you mean thugs, say thugs.

  • this_is_bananas Jul 31, 2007

    OK, let's not be dumb. We all know that Black Tie's main clientele are African Americans. There are probably a few white people and a few other minorities, but it is not racist to point out quite obvious facts.

  • Gafan001 Jul 31, 2007

    Keep them contained in that place, do not close the club down. If that happens, then they would have to find somewhere else to go.

  • Gafan001 Jul 31, 2007

    Some DA always has to throw their minority race card out there.

  • sixpointedbadge Jul 31, 2007

    Is culter shock the old SWITCH? or is that the bar next to it?

  • gman976 Jul 31, 2007

    Send THEM the message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

  • nowon_yuno Jul 31, 2007

    You cannot use "THEM" anymore, use "THE COMMUNITY."

  • mindyourown Jul 30, 2007

    Where do you see the word Them as being racist?????? We know where your true mind is at..the expressing of the word THEM was in reference to the THUGS who have to go around shooting others when they get high...Color nor race was ever mentioned nor implied, get your head out of the hole it was in and stop being so narrow-minded then try seeing things/expressions in a broader spectrum so you can maybe get the whole picture.

  • sallysmom Jul 30, 2007

    I'm no fan of places like Black Tie, and definitely think there's too much slack given to them already. I am disgusted, however, by my fellow posters referring to human beings as "THEM," "those people," and "animals." Please, go ahead and make your racist comments openly, instead of making veiled references. Maybe then they'll kick you off the board so the rest of us can debate issues intelligently.