Officers take action against troubled Cleveland venue
By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -
Since March of last year Cleveland police say the Luv 2 Dance venue has become a hot bed for crime. Specifically, five fights, eight disturbance calls and most recently two shootings in one month.
"The police officers are fed up with it; we're not going to allow this to continue," Cleveland Police Officer Evie West says. "It's just caused a lot of problems in our community."
Not to mention, it's costs taxpayers money anytime the venue is rented out for parties.
"Anytime we've got extra officers it costs," Detective Steve Ross says.
However, the people committing these crimes are not from Cleveland, they're from Chattanooga.
"The Chattanooga Police Department is doing a great job. They're flexing their muscles and running the criminals out," explains Ross. "We just want them to know if it's not good to do in Chattanooga, it's not good to do it in Cleveland."
Currently, Cleveland officers are searching for Chattanooga native Cordarrius Dewon Cochran. He's wanted on 10 counts of felony reckless endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the most recent shooting there.
"We're not gonna stand for it here," West says.
Officers are taking action. Detectives and the DA's office have filed an abatement petition to try and close the place down. Channel 3 reached out to the business and property owner for the second time, again she refused to comment.
"We know first hand that she is aware of what's going on," Ross says.
Police say it'll be up to the people and the abatement petition to make a difference.
"We want the community, if they're involved in it, seen it, heard it, live right around the area then they're more than welcome to come out and support it," says Ross.
The abatement hearing is scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m. on the second floor of the Bradley County Courthouse.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:40:13 GMT
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