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Rocky Mount club loses alcohol permits after stabbing

Posted June 6, 2011 1:30 p.m. EDT
Updated June 6, 2011 2:19 p.m. EDT

— The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has suspended the alcohol permits of a Rocky Mount club where a fatal stabbing occurred over the weekend.

Club Rain, at 349 Falls Road had held temporary ABC permits since October 2010, authorities said Monday.

Cornelius Clark, 36, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jakwan Pittman, 33, who was stabbed inside the club early Saturday, police said.

"The stabbing death this weekend and the history of violent, disorderly criminal activity at this business raised serious concerns that continued acts of violence were likely if the temporary permits were not suspended immediately,” Jon Williams, chairman of the ABC Commission, said in a statement.

An agent with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement reported to the ABC Commission that Club Rain employees were cleaning up before law enforcement arrived to investigate the stabbing in an effort to conceal physical evidence of the crime, authorities said.

ALE also reported that a Rocky Mount Police officer was injured while responding to a previous call for service at the club, authorities said. Also, complaints of fighting and other disorderly conduct have occurred at the club, according to ALE accounts.

The club's owners have 60 days to appeal the permit suspension to the Office of Administrative Hearings.