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Police: Luzerne County Hanover Twp. Nightclub A Public Nuisance

January 4, 2019 GMT

State investigators claim an after-hours nightclub in Hanover Twp. is a public nuisance and are asking the Luzerne County District Attorney to take on the case.

The state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement on Friday filed public nuisance charges against Brooklyn’s Sports Bar and Lounge and four employees following months of alleged illegal activity, including two shootings since October.

“The bar has taken zero substantive steps to curtail any violence, has continued to operate illegally, even after continual warnings, citations and arrests,” state police alleged in arrest papers.

Investigators charged the operators of the bar, Aikeem Tayshawn Rollocks, 31, of Mount Pocono, and his mother, Ta’Wanna Monique Brown, 45, of Wilkes-Barre, with misdemeanor public nuisance charges. 

The same charges were filed against the business, Brooklyn’s LLC.

Two shootings erupted at the bar in recent months, one at 5:13 a.m. on Oct. 20 and the latest around 4:25 a.m. Sunday. Additionally, a bloodied, unconscious man was found lying in the parking lot at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, police say.

Following Sunday’s shooting, police allege the operators forced approximately 150 patrons outside, locked the doors and fled the scene. 

“Police received no cooperation,” investigators wrote in arrest papers.

Police also allege undercover officers infiltrated the business on multiple occasions and witnessed the operators encourage the smoking of marijuana despite the fact smoking is not allowed in the property. The bar also has illegally sold alcohol after 2 a.m., police said.  

“The charges allege an increasing level of violence, criminal misconduct and Liquor Code violations is resulting from the operation of this bar,” state police wrote in a press release.

Police charged two bartenders - Janice Pope, 44, of Wilkes-Barre, and Janelle Herbert, 35, of Wilkes-Barre - in connection with a raid at the property on Nov. 18. They face criminal charges for conspiring to illegally sell alcohol after 2 a.m.

During the raid, Rollocks was openly in possession of and using drugs at the bar, police said. Security guard Monika Murphy, 28, of Wilkes-Barre, was in possession of drugs as well, authorities said.

During the raid, police said they seized a loaded Glock handgun and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun from the bar.

Charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Joseph Halesey.

State police say they have asked Luzerne County District Stefanie Salavantis to determine if the bar should be shuttered as a nuisance.

“Hanover Twp. has already contacted our office for assistance and also to see if the two shooting incidents along with the LCE violations constitute a nuisance,” Salavantis said. “Upon receiving the information from liquor control, we will add that information to the investigation we have begun for Hanover Twp.”