- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Oktibbeha County Sheriff Steve Gladney is asking the board of supervisors to adopt new rules that will limit nightclub operating hours.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1lE6IbN ) the move comes after a Sunday shooting at Club Rock left five people injured. The investigation is continuing.

“I want the citizens of Oktibbeha County to know we’re not taking this lightly. We’re doing everything we can to make sure we correct these problems, and we’re going to do that,” Gladney said at a news conference Thursday.

Gladney said deputies have dispatched to the club several times in recent years.

Supervisor John Montgomery said he would support any request made by Oktibbeha County Sheriff Steve Gladney.

“If our deputies are basically going out there for calls every time a large event is held, then that’s basically forcing the taxpayers to support public security for a private business,” Montgomery said. “It’s time we take a look at this issue.”

In Lowndes County, supervisors approved a 1 a.m. end to nightclub operations in August with a rule that also applies to community, recreation, convention and multi-purpose centers serving alcohol and providing activities, including live music and dancing. Restaurants and bars that provide such entertainment during any portion of its operation also were covered by the ordinance.

Patrons, under the law, are required to leave the premises shortly after closing.

The rule came to fruition after Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge lobbied supervisors for stiffer regulations due to littering, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and code-compliance issues.


Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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