Club Closing Controversy

A Jackson County judge has scheduled a December 20th hearing for prosecutors seeking to permanently shut down a Moss Point club as a public nuisance. District Attorney Keith Miller filed chancery court papers Tuesday to close 504 Club. The club has been closed by the Mississippi State Tax Commission for nonpayment of sales taxes.

According to papers filed Dec. 6 in circuit court, the tax lien involved $392 in sales taxes that were not paid from September. Miller said the tax issue is only a temporary solution to a bigger problem. Once the taxes are paid, the club could reopen.

According to the district attorney's office, Moss Point police officers responded to 272 incidents at the club between April 1, 2000, and Sept. 30, 2001, and 170 incidents at the club between Jan. 1, 1999, and March 31, 2000. ``We've received hundreds of calls from residents near the 504,'' Miller said. ``We had complaints of drug deals and aggravated assaults occurring over there.''