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Augusta Nightclub Faces Being Shut Down

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Skittlez, located on the Gordon Highway, is facing being shut down by Augusta Commissioners and Richmond County Sheriff's Office Vice Officer Sergeant Richard Elim says this is about right and wrong, not straight or gay.

"Our enforcement is as fair as it can be. We have other gay establishments that have no problems with enforcement issues that we have to deal with," says Elim.

But, over the last six months, deputies have been forced to deal with Skittlez for violations of city code.

A photograph, and we're not showing you the entire picture, taken in April shows a teenager inside the club dancing with a nude male stripper.

"The gravity of it really hit home. The teenager was there, was a totally nude dancer. The teenager was partially nude," says Elim.

Based on that incident, Commissioners suspended the club's liquor license for three months and placed it on a year's probation.

Then last month, during a regular bar check with Skittlez on probation, deputies discovered an 18-year-old inside the club, a violation of the city ordinance.

"We have had establishments where murders have taken place and we didn't close them down," says Commissioner Bill Fennoy.

The club's owner, Timothy Lowery, is fighting to save his business and says the 18-year-old was a designated driver who had a seizure outside the club the week before so he allowed him to come inside.

But, deputies say the 18-year-old is no stranger to the club, based on what he told them when they asked for his ID.

"He asked us, 'do you have to be 21 to come into this club?' We kind of chuckled and said, 'yes, you do.' He laughed and said, 'well, I didn't know that, I've been coming here for a while," said Elim.

"Don't go along with that, but what I am looking for is consistency in how we handle violators," says Fennoy.

The Augusta Commission Public Services Committee unanimously voted to revoke the club's alcohol license. The full Commission takes up the issue November 5th.

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