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Organization pushes to close local club

By Christy Andrews
Published On: Nov 21 2012 08:21:50 PM CST
Platinum Club
KINSTON -

A local organization is pushing to close a downtown Kinston club it says is ruining the city’s image.

Adrian King, executive director of Pride of Kinston, an organization focused on rebuilding Kinston’s downtown area, said the Platinum Club on North Queen Street has a reputation for shootings and stabbings. King said he wants the club shut down.

“It's an unsavory place and it’s not at all consistent with what we’re trying to achieve with our downtown,”   King said.

King took his argument to City Council, but was told the city could not take any action against the club because of city ordinances.

BJ Murphy, Kinston Mayor, said the city manager plans to speak with the district attorney about the city’s options. Murphy said the city will also increase its law enforcement patrol in the area, in hopes of minimizing crime at the club.

The club’s owner could not be reached for comment.

A local organization is pushing to close a downtown Kinston club it says is ruining the city’s image.

Adrian King, executive director of Pride of Kinston, an organization focused on rebuilding Kinston’s downtown area, said the Platinum Club on North Queen Street has a reputation for shootings and stabbings. King said he wants the club shut down.

“It's an unsavory place and it’s not at all consistent with what we’re trying to achieve with our downtown,”   King said.

King took his argument to City Council, but was told the city could not take any action against the club because of city ordinances.

BJ Murphy, Kinston Mayor, said the city manager plans to speak with the district attorney about the city’s options. Murphy said the city will also increase its law enforcement patrol in the area, in hopes of minimizing crime at the club.

The club’s owner could not be reached for comment.