Binghamton Targets More After-Hours Clubs
Three weeks after the execution-style killing of a man outside an unlicensed club on Binghamton's West Side, the city has announced steps to deal with two other apparently illegal businesses.
City officials say one of the places targeted is on the East Side. They say police had an after-hours nightclub at 124 Broad Avenue known as The Balcony under surveillance.
When officers went into the place around 2 a.m. on May 6, the found about 50 people inside, along with two bartenders and two cash registers. Several open alcoholic beverages were on the bar. A refrigerator was filled with bottled and canned beer.
Officials say the club does not have a liquor license and it has not received city approval to operate.
The city also again is targeting a downtown after-hours club that has been linked to violent incidents in the past. Police conducted two recent compliance checks at Victoria's at 153 Susquehanna Street.
The owner of Victoria's - 52-year-old Gloria Crowder of Binghamton - allegedly tried to block inspection of alcohol containers in the business.
Crowder was charged with criminal nuisance, harassment and resisting arrest. She also was cited for allegedly violating a state Alcoholic Beverage Control regulation.
An after-hours club on Orton Avenue closed after last month's deadly shooting. Police had been aware of the business for about three months prior to the killing.
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