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Raleigh nightclub has liquor license suspended

Club Rumors has had its liquor license suspended for 30 days following a raid early Wednesday.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh nightclub has had its liquor license suspended for 30 days following 14 arrests early Tuesday.

Police and special agents with the Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch of the State Bureau of Investigation raided Club Rumors, at 416 W. South St., after an investigation found illegal activity regularly occurring inside and around the business.

Among those arrested, according to ALE, was the club's owner and manager Earl Dion Hicks.

Hicks, 41, faces numerous charges, including unauthorized possession of spirituous liquor, allowing controlled substance violations to occur on ABC-licensed premises, allowing alcoholic beverage violations to occur on licensed premises by allowing sales from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., misdemeanor maintaining a business for the possession of controlled substances and possession of spirituous liquor not bearing a tax stamp.

Club Rumors is the first in the North Carolina to have its license suspended under a law that went into effect that allows a suspension if five or more people are charged.

Earlier this month, someone was stabbed at the club.

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