COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A judge today shut down a Columbus County nightclub that prosecutors say has been the site of violent crimes, including a fatal shooting.
Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks entered the consent judgment against the Ball's Club on Macedonia Church Road in Evergreen. This judgment is the latest step in a civil nuisance abatement case brought by Columbus County District Attorney Jon David Alcohol Law Enforcement.
"This action is the result of a long-term investigation by the District Attorney's Office, the Columbus County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division," David said in a news release. "Today's court order will allow citizens in the community to live without fear."
David says Ball's has a history of violent crimes, including fights and assaults. In September, three people were shot during a fight. Antoine Ford, 21, died of gunshot wounds received in the parking lot of Ball's Club on August 8, 2009.
"This settlement will stop the problems at this location forever," Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said. "This case was successful because of efforts by all of our team members, and together we have written the last chapter at a place that has a violent story."
Under the terms of the judgment, the property can never be used as a bar, club, dance hall, pool room, video arcade, game room, adult establishment or any business that is opened for business between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Additionally, no one can possess alcoholic beverages or engage in nuisance-related criminal activities upon the property, regardless of who owns it. Any person with knowledge of the judgment who violates its terms upon the property of Ball’s Club may be held in contempt of court.
"The nuisance abatement law provides a tool that local communities can use to stop nuisances at places like these for good," ALE Director John Ledford said. "There is no reason for a nuisance like this to terrorize a community. The nuisance lawsuit will allow us to solve the problem once and for all, and give the neighbors of this business some peace."