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A Binghamton Gang Hangout Gets Locked Down

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The City of Binghamton’s petition to have a troublesome First Ward bar padlocked is being granted by the City Court.

The lockdown of the 17 East night club on Clinton was approved by City Court Judge Daniel Seiden.

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Mayor Richard David posted the  lockdown notice at the tavern Friday morning.

The business is to be locked down for one year. That’s the longest period permitted under the city “lockdown law.”

The bar has been the scene of several shootings, drug deals, illegal gambling and other incidents and was one of nine locations focused in a multi-agency drug raid March 26 where 14 alleged members of a branch the notorious street gang: the Bloods were arrested.

No one will be allowed to enter the nightclub section of the building without the city’s permission. Apartments and a barber shop in the building are not subject to the lockdown order.

A container with a sign seeking donations for three of those arrested was still inside the establishment when the place was locked down.

Mayor David told WNBF News the container was empty.

Bob Joseph contributed reporting.

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