Club Aquarius’ owner frustrated with Mayor Sarno for wanting to shut down night club
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CIARA: SPRINGFIELD MAYOR DOMENIC SARNO WANTS TO SHUT DOWN CLUB AQUARIUS, AFTER A STABBING NEAR THE NIGHT CLUB THIS WEEKEND, AS WELL AS A SHOOTING NEARBY LAST MONTH. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI JOINS US LIVE AFTER SPEAKING WITH THE CLUB’S OWNER. MIKE: THE CLUB AQUARIUS’ OWNER IS FRUSTRATED WITH MAYOR SARNO FOR BLAMING THEM FOR THE STABBING INCIDENT. THERE IS VIOLENCE EVERYWHERE IN THE CITY, SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE, BUT CLOSING AN ESTABLISHMENT THAT HAS BEEN HERE FOR 28 YEARS IS NOT THE ANSWER. NO WAY. CLUB AQUARIUS OWNER FREDDY VENEGAS IS FIGHTING TO KEEP HIS BUSINESS OPEN, AFTER A STABBING NEAR THE NIGHT CLUB SUNDAY MORNING. SPRINGFIELD POLICE SAID OFFICERS BROKE UP A FIGHT AND FOUND A STABBING VICTIM AROUND 2 O CLOCK AT THE 1200 BLOCK OF STATE STREET. SPRINGFIELD MAYOR DOMENIC SARNO SAID THIS INCIDENT SHOWS THE CLUB CAN’T CONTROL THEIR OWN ESTABLISHMENT AND HE’S CALLING FOR A LICENSE REVOCATION HEARING. THE STABBING VICTIM WAS A PATRON OF CLUB AQUARIUS. SPRINGFIELD MAYOR DOMENIC SARNO THERE THE ONLY ESTABLISHMENT OPEN THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS EVEN CLOSE THAT IS OPEN AND EVEN THE OWNER ADMITS THE INDIVIDUAL CAME FROM HIS CLUB. FREDDY VANEGAS: CLUB AQUARIUS OWNER I FEEL ITS IS UNFAIR AND UNJUSTIFIED AND I GET IT, I UNDERSTAND WE ARE RESPONIBLE FOR OUR PATRONS BUT THE WAY THINGS WENT DOWN THAT NIGHT I WISH THE REPORTS THAT NIGHT WERE DIFFERENT. THE REPORTS CAME OUT FIGHT AT CLUB AQUARIUS AND STABBING AT CLUB AQUARIUS AND THAT REALLY BOTHERED ME. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: SPRINGFIELD THE CLUB’S OWNERS FREDDY VENEGAS DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WHY MAYOR DOMENIC SARNO WANTS TO SHUT DOWN HIS BUSINESS. HE SAID THE STABBING TOOK PLACE ON STATE STREET, BUT OFF THE CLUB’S PROPERLY. AND HE SAID THEY HAVE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO TO PROVE IT. VENEGAS SHOWED 22NEWS THE VIDEO THEIR CAMERAS CAPTURED JUST AFTER THEY HAD CLOSED FOR THE NIGHT. IT SHOWS THE VICTIM BEING ESCORTED BY A POLICE OFFICER ON STATE STREET. SPRINGFIELD DETECTIVES HAVE NOT YET MADE ANY ARRESTS. THE VICTIM IS EXPECTED TO SURVIVE. MIKE: MAYOR SARNO TOLD 22NEWS HE HAS NO FUTHER COMMENT AT THIS TIME.

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