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John's Club License Suspended until Hearing after Shooting Incident

web posted January 19, 2013

JOHNSTON – In light of the recent fights and a shooting incident that left bullets entering an elderly woman's home, Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said Sunday that he has placed notices on the door to the business that they cannot operate until a hearing before the Johnston Town Council. This is the second time such action has been taken in the last several months. "The hearing has to be held within 30 days," Chief Aston said.

The recent fights followed by a shooting incident minutes later prompted the closure, Chief Aston said. "They (John's Club) just got their license back a few months ago," Aston said. "It will be up to the town council as far as what they want to do now."

The most recent incident took place on January 13 in the early morning hours. A fight broke out in which a man was beaten by a group of men with pool sticks, fists, and possible pistols. The fight was broken up and then moved outside where the brother of the victim got his brother away from his attackers, only to be attacked out on the street included being pistol whipped by two men. One of the men which later fired wild shots that entered the home of a nearby resident and luckily never hitting anyone in the home.

Warrants have been issued for a number of suspects involved in the melee.

In the previous event, Ricky Nelson Martin Jr., 24, was arrested days later on charges of attempted murder among others with warrants issued for at least four others after a brutal fight followed by Martin allegedly driving a vehicle into a victim and four others trying to load him into a car to take him to the hospital, injuring the victim and those helping him at the time.

Both cases remain under investigation at this time and additional arrests are expected.

"I don't know what they (Johnston Town Council) will do at the hearing," Aston said. "I've done what I can do. They (John's Club) can't do any business until the hearing."

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