Sheriff: Sumter nightclub is 'nuisance and dangerous menace'

Published: Mar. 25, 2014 at 2:22 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM EDT
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SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Sumter County Sheriff is trying to shut down a nightclub near Shaw Air Force Base, calling it a "nuisance and dangerous menace to our people."

Club Miami on Broad Street Extension was most recently the scene of a deadly shooting early Sunday. Tyrus Archie, 33, was shot and killed outside the club and another man was shot in the leg.

After the shooting, deputies arrested 31-year-old Rodney Rodriguez Green, who is charged with murder.

Monday, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis announced he was trying to close the club.

"Due to the repeated and ongoing disturbances and violent activities taking place over a period of years, I am immediately beginning the process necessary to close the establishment of Club Miami on Broad Street Extension," he said.

Dennis says his officers have been sent to the club more than 400 times in the seven years he's been sheriff.

"We can no longer tolerate the threat this establishment has caused to our citizens, Shaw Air Force Base partners, the community, and visitors to our area. We will not continue to expose our great community to this nuisance and dangerous menace to our people."

Calvin Bennett lives in the nearby Cherryville community and said everyone in his neighborhood believes the club needs to be shut down.

"We had a meeting of a few what I call elders and they were saying, you know, that club should be closed down. You know, people dying," said Bennett.

Bennett is starting a petition drive to close the club.

Sheriff Dennis is taking a more official approach, saying the county will work to have the club's business and alcohol permits revoked unless Club Miami's owner shuts the doors voluntarily.

Dennis says he'll start Tuesday by discussing that alcohol license with the state Department of Revenue.

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