MUNHALL (KDKA) — Munhall Council on Wednesday night shut down a controversial strip club following at least two shootings there and numerous complaints. But this may not be the final dance for Club Pink.
Munhall police say they are more than familiar with Club Pink. They say they’ve found a bunch of violations.
“They permit lap dancing. Our ordinance does not allow for that. They permit touching. Our ordinance does not allow for that,” said Chief Patrick Campbell, of Munhall Police. “They don’t have a liquor license.”
But that’s not all.
Police say since Club Pink opened back in August of 2011, they’ve been called there 42 times. That includes at least two shootings – one inside the club and one outside.
The most recent shooting happened earlier this month. John Sumpter was shot and killed outside. Paul Barone was arrested and charged with homicide.
But Club Pink’s lawyers insist most of the police calls have been minor ones and occur outside the club.
But even some neighbors are fed up.
“Drug paraphernalia littered around the building; general litter on the property that does not get picked up; vandalism to personal property. Now death,” said Scott Gelston, of Munhall.
One neighbor wanted to know if Club Pink’s lawyers would like the club in their neighborhood.
“I don’t think I’d mind this club in my neighborhood from the standpoint it is a legitimate club,” said David Toal, the lawyer for Club Pink.
Legitimate or not, Munhall Council received applause when it unanimously voted to revoke the club’s occupancy permit.
But this isn’t the final act for Club Pink. Lawyers for the club say they’re ready to fight it in court.
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