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Saginaw deciding on fate of two night clubs, shutdown after ongoing violence

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(03/11/14) - The city of Saginaw says it's a business that has caused problems, including shootings. Employees of the business say that's not true, and they are working on security issues.

The fate of two nightclubs involved in a recent quadruple shooting now lies in the hands of a hearing officer.

There was a hearing at city hall in Saginaw, Tuesday, where the city stated its case - that it wants Terry's Place and Club Neutral to remain closed. The owner says that's not fair.

"It's been a couple of incidents that has happened," said Robert Jamerson, who works security at Club Neutral.

Club Neutral is located inside the building along with Terry's Place.

It was last month when four people were shot outside the building at around 2:30 a.m. The victims survived.

A few weeks later, the city revoked the business license of Terry's Place. The owner, Pamela Sangster, wants her business reopened, but had to listen to testimony from a Saginaw police officer and others about the problems that have occurred outside of the club, including three shooting incidents in two years.

Police say patrons also park anywhere they can, including in front of garage doors where fire trucks are waiting to be called out. Jamerson believes the businesses can correct the problems.

"They shut us down before, they even gave us a chance to really put a plan together, you know, put some security together outside," he said.

The city counters that the weekend after the quadruple shooting, police officers wrote out 20 parking violation tickets outside the club.

Leticia Trevino will make the ruling.

"It's going to be very difficult decision," she said. "It will take me a little time to forge through all the transcripts and all my notes to make the best decision, not only for Terry's Place, but the city of Saginaw."

Jamerson says the best decision would be allow the nightclubs to reopen.

"They make it seem like it's unsafe, but if you talk to the majority of people that come down there, it is the safest place in town," he said.

That decision is expected in about two weeks.

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