Indy club owners placed on notice

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Pearl Douglas is the owner of Club Syllowett. Her East side club is located on the 6700 block of East 38TH Street.

On Monday morning, Douglas’ liquor license was up for renewal with the Alcohol Beverage Commission. Her license appeared to be in jeopardy after a shooting and stabbing at her club in November of 2013.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. William Carter attended the hearing and discussed concerns he had about the club receiving a new liquor license. Carter brought a folder to the hearing detailing police runs to the club in the past year. He also carried flyers from a past party that promoted a party for a possible murder suspect.

During the hearing Douglas told the commission she hasn’t had any issues at the club for the past 14 years, that’s until the shooting and stabbing happened. She assured the board that moving forward she would scrutinize all flyers that promote parties at her club.

When the hearing wrapped up the commission decided to renew Douglas’ liquor license for a year.

“Going forward we will work with IMPD so business can continue as usual,” said Douglas.

In years past, IMPD has made recommendations to pull the liquor license of clubs that have accumulated numerous police runs. Club Molly and Club Industry had their licenses pulled after repeated run-ins with police. Both clubs were eventually forced to close.

“I don’t know what else it will take to wake bar owners up,” said Carter.

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