TABC Closes Lubbock Night Club - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/31/07

TABC Closes Lubbock Night Club

Joniquia Washington Joniquia Washington

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is shutting down a Lubbock nightclub. NewsChannel 11 has been following this story since early June when the TABC started its investigation into the Lizard Club on 34th Street.

The investigation started after a teenager was killed in the parking lot.  Joniquia Washington was run over and killed June 3rd outside the club. Darene Brooks is charged with aggravated assault in that case and the club itself became part of a TABC investigation.

Last week, NewsChannel 11 told you the TABC had filed two charges against the club, one for aggravated breach of peace and another for endangering public safety. A TABC Sergeant tells NewsChannel 11 the club owner has chosen to surrender her mix beverage permit.

"She originally said, 'no it's a cancellation, let me go from here'. But she changed her mind and decided it was in her best interest to the area to just close," TABC Sgt. Michael Lockhart said.

The club is currently closed, but on paperwork, the official closure is Tuesday and TABC tells us, by law, no other alcohol permit can be issued in this location for at least a year.

Club Heat was at the same location before the Lizard Club. Sgt. Lockhart says both clubs have been closed for similar offenses. In addition, TABC says because of that it will seriously reconsider any who applies for a permit at the Lizard Club's location.

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