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Club's permit suspended

By From staff reports
Published in News on October 8, 2012 1:46 PM

For the second time in a year, Teasers nightclub on U.S. 117 has had its alcoholic beverage permits suspended by the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

The announcement from Raleigh, effective immediately, came Saturday, less than a week after an 18-year-old was found in the establishment's restroom dead from a gunshot wound.

The apparent shooting death of Jairus Mikeal Saunders early Sept. 30 was cited by the state's ABC Commission chairman as a determining factor in the decision to issue a summary suspension of Teasers' permits.

"The shooting death inside this location renews the serious concerns of the state that this is a business where guns and violence are tolerated and where alcohol permits are not appropriate," Chairman Zander Guy said in a release.

In November 2011, the state issued a "Last Call" summary suspension of the nightclub's ABC permits, which temporarily denied the establishment the ability to serve alcohol. An administrative law judge ruled in favor of Teasers later that month and its permits were reinstated Nov. 23.

That suspension came in response to an incident during which one patron was shot and three others were struck in the face by a person with a handgun in the parking lot, according to law enforcement reports.

The "Last Call" initiative debuted in October 2009 and allows for a streamlined process by which the state, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies and Alcoholic Law Enforcement, can more easily suspend alcohol permits of violent bars and clubs.

The suspension will be in effect until the case is heard by the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Goldsboro police are still searching for Quinton Leon Swinson as a suspect in the most recent incident at Teasers.

Swinson, 24, of 906 N. Carolina St., is wanted for an open count of murder. Described as a 6-foot, 280-pound black man, Swinson goes by "Fat Boy" and has that nickname tattooed on his left arm and the word "North" tattooed on his right. He also has "Swinson" tattooed across his back and "DOE" on his right hand.

Police say Swinson should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call the Goldsboro Police Department at (919) 580-4214 or Crime Stoppers at (919) 735-2255. Tips can also be texted to Crime Stoppers at (919) 222-4230.