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Reign nightclub is shut down for a year

DOWNTOWN (AP) — A downtown St. Louis nightclub that has been at the center of several shooting investigations is being shut down and boarded up for a year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Reign Restaurant,1122 Washington Avenue, will have 30 days to vacate its premises once the order is posted. A city official called the club a “threat to public safety and welfare of the residents of this community.”

For months, residents who live near the club have blamed it for fights in the street, broken bottles on the sidewalks and gunshots waking them up at night. Police have tied the club to a spate of shootings in August and early September.

Reign owner Dana Kelly and her attorney have said the city is trying to scapegoat Reign for longstanding problems downtown.

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