Commissioners debate revoking nightclub license

By: Jonathan Martin Email
By: Jonathan Martin Email

July 30, 2007, News 12 at 6 o'clock

AUGUSTA, Ga---Super C nightclub owner Charles Cummings has lots of cards stacked against him. South Augusta neighborhood leaders and the sheriff want to shut down his club.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength told the commission public services committee that the nightclub has been a headache for law enforcement for years. He cited more than forty recent problems there.

"Theft, public peace, fight, drunk female," the sheriff says as he reads a list.

The most recent incident was a murder on July 10th. 18-year-old Steadmund Fryer was killed on the dance floor.
His sister Shanequea Fryer made a plea before the commission.

"Now I'm without a brother, he's fighting for his business, he's talking about feeding the kids, we was feeding my brother, and my brother is gone," she says.

Cummings says he's making visible changes including music and age requirements.

"All i'm asking is put me on probation, let me talk with the folks in the community," he says.

Despite the sheriff's push to close the club, some commissioners say the punishment may be too harsh.

Commissioner Calvin Holland recommended a five year probation and Don Grantham suggested closing the club temporarily.

In the end, there was no decision. Cummings will have to wait until next Tuesday when the full commission meets. The sheriff and others say he's had plenty of chances.

"We've had problems there for a very long time, why weren't all these steps taken prior to the shooting out there?" Sheriff Strength says.

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  • by john Location: augusta on Aug 1, 2007 at 08:05 AM
    I don't think the owner of the club should be held responsible for crimes committed there. If parents had some control over their teenagers then they would not be there. It is impossible to stop someone from committing a crime if they are determined to do it. If not at the club, then somewhere else. By the way, does Jerry Brigham ever sit up in a chair. He looks like he is lying down in the picture with this article. Normally in the televised news of the commission meeting he is eating.
  • by Matt Location: Augusta, GA on Jul 31, 2007 at 09:42 AM
    If the club owner had better rules in place things like this wouldnt happen. Super C is a dump. I have been in there once and would not go back. Ghetto heaven for our gangsta youth.
  • by Tom Location: Nashua NH on Jul 31, 2007 at 06:24 AM
    Why should the club be punished for crimes of its patrons? If patrons do crimes, let the club and the cops deal with them. They have every right to play whatever music they want. If a fight happens, the patron who started it should be jailed, but the club has every right to continue operating.
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