Metro police Friday closed and padlocked Yea Baby’s, a Murfreesboro Pike nightclub formerly known as Silverado’s, under a court-ordered injunction.
Police, along with the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, claim the persistence of fighting, assaults, drug use and other crimes led them to seek a temporary injunction against the club just more than year after it had been padlocked while operating as Silverado’s.
Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn on Friday signed the injunction and padlocking order, deeming the club a public nuisance and shuttering its doors at least until a hearing can be held on the matter. That hearing is set for Thursday, Oct. 11.
Fishburn’s order prohibits the owners and operators of the business — Paul Louis Eichel, his son, Joshuah Eichel, James Ferguson and Robert J. Ray, — as well as the owner of the property, Nancy Cook, from being on the premises pending further decisions of the court.
The nightclub remained under court jurisdiction of after it was padlocked in similar fashion in August 2011. A court-ordered permanent injunction in September 2011 mandated that the owners clean up their business and make changes to its operation, which then allowed the business to reopen.
Police Chief Steve Anderson said Yea Baby’s had “adversely impacted the safety of this part of the Murfreesboro Pike corridor far too long and has been a drain on the resources of the Hermitage Precinct.”
Police allege that since the business reopened last year the department has logged more than 270 service calls to Yea Baby’s, at 1204 Murfreesboro Pike.
In addition, 366 service calls originated from the Murfreesboro Pike and Kermit Drive intersection in front of the business, with police responding to shootings, shots fired calls and disorderly persons complaints.
“This is the first time my office has brought a second nuisance action against the same business,” said District Attorney Torry Johnson. “The apparent indifference by the owners and managers of this establishment is not acceptable to my office, the police and certainly the neighborhood.”
Police outlined issues with the business in a lengthy affidavit, which can be found here .
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