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Judge Shuts Down Heat Nightclub
UPDATE- HUBER HEIGHTS-- A night club with a violent past will be shut down, for at least one year.
Families who live close to the Heat night club are relieved Judge Mary Wiseman sided with the city of Huber Heights to keep it closed for one year.
"I'm excited. I'm happy. It was a cancer in our community and now its gone," Veronica Sexton said.
The city deemed the night club a nuisance, citing hundreds of police calls to the club within a year.
The violence escalated earlier this month when Charles Bell, 25, and Keenan Hall, 20, died from gunshot wounds after a fight inside spilled into the parking lot.
Huber Heights Mayor Ron Fisher said the club is a dangerous place, and the city has already spent thousands to try to shut it down.
"We're spending a lot of money economically and the club is having a very negative impact on the community." Fisher said.
Heat night club Owner Jessica Kennedy claims the city is unfairly targeting her club and said besides some noise complaints,
she has done nothing wrong.
"We have no other complaints or fines. I have not been cited for anything else," Kennedy said.
But during testimony, Kennedy admitted to selling liquor by the bottle and giving away alcohol for free, both violations of her permit.
Neighbors said the closing of heat is a win for the whole area surrounding the nightclub and will make their neighborhood safer.
"The type of people that were coming to that club obviously will not be visiting our town anymore." Sexton said.
DAYTON -- Judge Mary Wiseman has just ruled for the City of Huber Heights and against Heat Nightclub, meaning the controversial business will not reopen for at least a year.
We'll have the complete story soon.
DAYTON -- Jessica Kennedy, the owner of Heat Nightclub in Huber Heights, has taken the stand during a hearing in Judge Mary Wiseman's court.
She is defending her business and has said in the past that she's done nothing illegal to precipitate her bar's closure.
Many people in the Huber Heights community and some city officials have spoken out against the nightclub.
Police say they have been called out more than 600 times in the two years the nightclub has been open.
Kennedy's liquor license had been revoked but it had been recently reinstated when two people were shot and killed during an incident at the establishment.
The city granted a temporary injection until today, which closed the nightclub until today's hearing.
Tuesday Morning Hearing Set for Heat Nightclub
HUBER HEIGHTS -- A troubled bar in Huber Heights could soon be shut down for good, if the city and some community members get their way.
A county judge will decide whether Heat Nightclub will be closed for good at a hearing Tuesday morning.
"We want to take our community back," said Janell Smith, one of dozens in Huber Heights fighting to shut down the club. "It's putting the rest of the city at risk. We're very vulnerable when all the police have to go down south into one business establishment."
"It's not until just recently that it started to, certain areas started to get a little more shady than others and and Heat nightclub has had a really big impact on that," said David Smith, a concerned neighbor.
In fact, Huber Heights Police were called to the nightclub more than 600 times in the two years it's been open.
The calls include fights, disorderly conduct and shootings.
The latest was a double homicide just weeks after the club got its liquor license back from the state.
"Now there's two families that don't have their loved ones with them this holiday weekend and that's tragic for anybody," said Janell.
After the double fatal shooting, the city was granted a temporary injunction until May 28, when a hearing would be held in front of a county judge.
"I hope that she's closed for good, and actually I hope that she can't open any other establishments anywhere else," said Janell.
While it's up to the judge, Janell said she hopes that she and her community have done enough convincing, before she fears another life is taken.
"I would hope that there's enough voices to be heard that it would be closed because, I mean, somebody has to die in order for something to happen any more today, and that's really sad, very sad," said Janell.
Earlier this month, we spoke to the bar's owner, Jessica Kennedy. She tells us she has not violated any laws.
The hearing is set for Tuesday morning. We will continue to cover this story, and bring you the latest on the judge's ruling.
MAY 17: Huber Heights Bar Owner Had Troubled Past With Another Bar
MAY 15: Heat Nightclub Temporarily Closed
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