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Police want to stop alcohol at Club Liqwid

By Jessie Burchette
jburchette@salisburypost.comAuthorities say they’ll ask state officials to revoke a South Main Street club’s alcohol permit after another large brawl there.
Salisbury Police, Rowan Sheriff’s Deputies and other agencies responded to what police described as “an extremely large fight” at Club Liqwid, 127 S. Main St., around 2 a.m. Sunday.
Two people were arrested and three were treated at Rowan Regional Medical Center for a variety of cuts.
Police Chief Mark Wilhelm said the first officer arriving at the scene found the front doors of the club broken out. Police later learned two people were thrown through the door, breaking out the glass.
As officers arrived and worked to get the situation under control, they spotted one man going down the street kicking the side of police cars.
Deputy Joel Johnson, who arrived shortly after 3 a.m. and parked on East Fisher Street, heard a loud noise and turned to see a man kicking his patrol car. Police say Johnson gave chase and after several blocks caught Robin Worth Jr.
Worth, 26, of 2170 Grubb Ferry Road, was charged by the city and county with injury to personal property.
Police also charged Donnichee Antonio Mason, 20, 800 Third St., Spencer with resist, delay and obstruct a public officer.
Police chased Mason several blocks. A pursuing police officer had to run through a crowd on East Fisher Street, where he was kicked and pushed.
Officers, including an off-duty officer who was working security at BenchWarmers on Fisher Street, eventually caught Mason in a parking lot.
A large crowd gathered at the scene. Additional officers helped secure Mason and get him to a patrol car.
The three people who were injured are: Cory Simmons, East Spencer; Stephen Mayes, Salley, S.C.; and Isaac Mayes, Salisbury.
Police described some of the wounds as deep, requiring stitches to close.
Wilhelm said police have been called to several incidents at the club in the past few months and it has become a nuisance.
He plans to meet with state Alcohol Law Enforcement agents to discuss the permits for the business. He said police have no choice if the club can’t control its crowd.
The problem has grown worse in the past few months in the area of South Main and Fisher streets, where several clubs are located.
Police said the clubs often kick people out who are intoxicated and they end up in fights in the street, requiring a large-scale police response.
A large fight briefly blocked South Main Street several weeks ago.
Adam Smith, who identified himself as one of the owners of Club Liqwid, said the club plans to increase security.
Smith also said the glass door was broken by a man trying to get back into the club after he had been removed by security. Smith said the man repeatedly hit the glass with his head until it broke.
According to the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Commission Web site, Club Liqwid is owned by WT Entertainment LLC, with Johnny Wayne Safford listed as the manager.
The club has an on-premises malt beverage permit and a mixed-beverage private club permit. Both were issued July 9.
The club previously operated as Club Zidis. It changed hands in May.

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