CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Cheektowaga gentlemen’s club has been charged with three different violations of New York State’s alcoholic beverage control laws.
There was a hearing Wednesday morning with the New York State Liquor Authority Board and before all of the crimes could be described, the board interrupted and said it would suspend the liquor license.
Police have been called to Tryst Ultra Club more than 70 times since February 12.
The strip club opened Feb. 8.
More than a dozen people have been arrested on or near the property for various crimes over the past year.
Police told News 4 there have been shootings on or near the property and patrons in possession of weapons, stolen items and drugs. In one case, a woman was arrested for randomly tasing people inside.
According to the SLA and Cheektowaga Police, the most recent incident happened Nov. 26. We’re told six people at the strip club were arrested after a number of fights. At one point, a vehicle sped through the parking lot, hitting people. According to the SLA, the people in the car claimed someone pointed a gun at them.
The SLA brought three charges against the club.
The charging document said, “there is a continuing pattern of noise, disturbance, misconduct or disorder…which adversely affects the health, welfare or safety of inhabitants of the area.”
It goes on to say that “has resulted in the licensed premises becoming a focal point for police attention” and ” the licensee has failed to exercise adequate supervision over the conduct of the licensed business; all cause for revocation, cancellation or suspension of the license.”
Assistant Police Chief James Speyer told News 4 the problems have been getting worse over the past few months.
“It was getting to the point where something had to be done or someone was going to get killed,” said Assistant Chief Speyer. “We’re just fortunate no one was more seriously injured.”
He said promoted events were the biggest problem at the club. The Police Department sent extra officers to the area when they saw on social media an event was happening.
Asst. Chief Speyer told News 4 they would like a new town law that would allow the town to shut down a bar that creates safety problems.
We reached out to the club for a comment but have not heard back.
They can contest this suspension.
Authorities will hold a hearing on whether the club’s liquor license will be revoked on Dec. 19.