Neighbors complain about Canonsburg club

March 11, 2013

The state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement can expect more correspondence from Canonsburg police after problems over the weekend at a Murdock Street club.

Canonsburg police found 37 vehicles parked in the lot at St. Patrick Church, Murdock Street, at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. An officer then went to the door of Canon Lodge, 146 Murdock, and knocked on the door. The club officer who answered the door was told by police that they were open past the legal time. While speaking to the club official, police reportedly could see alcoholic beverages still being served inside the club.

Police advised the club officer that the LCE would be notified. The report indicated it was after 4 a.m. before most of the vehicles left the church lot.

State liquor laws require that no patrons be allowed on the premises of a private club after 3:30 a.m. unless the club has a special permit for food sales.

On Saturday, police were called just after 3 a.m. for a report of a large fight on the same street. Police arrived within three minutes. Two women directly involved in the fight had fled, and the others were told to leave. Police from North Strabane and Cecil townships also responded.

Earlier that morning while on patrol, police ticketed a vehicle parked in front of a “No Parking” sign. The officer also found beer bottles and cigarette packs littering the lot at St. Patrick.

“Neighbors in the area are upset,” said Mayor David L. Rhome of calls and emails he received Monday. “Many times, when the officers respond to calls of a fight, the people are cleared out.”

Police Chief R.T. Bell said the department notifies the LCE of problems.

“We keep a file and provide the LCE a copy of reports,” Bell said.

This is not the first time this year police indicated they were notifying the LCE about the club’s activity. In January, police were called to the club for a disturbance. When police knocked on the door, someone inside the building yelled “5-0” and turned off the lights.

The chief said patrol officers regularly check the area, doing extra patrols, in addition to responding to calls.

The club is not the only one where police believe patrons were lingering after hours. Police said they spotted about eight vehicles parked in the lot at Sons of Italy, 3 Murdock, just after 4 a.m. Sunday. Police knocked on the door, but no one from inside the building responded.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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