Solicitor hopes to shut down two Horry County bars, one night club

Klocker's (top left), Remedies Bar and Grill (top right) and Audry's Lounge (bottom center)

The 15th Circuit Solicitor wants to shut down two Horry County bars and one nightclub after several incidences of violence, according to court documents.

Two of the businesses, Klocker's and Remedies Bar and Grill, are off Highway 17 in Horry County. The third, Audry's Lounge, is in a wooden shed next to a home in Longs, according to court documents.

Jason Klocker owns Remedies. Klocker and Scott Ordway own Klockers.

Okera Hakam Uzoma and Audry Demetria Uzoma own Audry's Lounge, which according to court documents has "never had a permit or business license to operate."

According to the courts, "a person who establishes a place used for a continuous breach of the peace in this State is guilty of a nuisance."

For Klocker's and Remedies, which share a back parking lot, court documents state:

  • Starting in May of 2015, this back parking lot has been the location of innumerable calls for service involving fights, assaults, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
  • There have been two calls for service in this back parking lot involving gunfire. On Nov. 17, 2016, a suspect struck Corey Chestnut in the back of the head with a handgun. When the suspect struck Mr. Chestnut, the handgun went off, and Mr. Chestnut suffered a laceration to his head. No one was shot during this incident. On April 28, 2018, John Fox was shot three times in the abdomen and once in the hand during an altercation in the back parking lot. The shooting suspect was later arrested and found carrying marijuana, several tinfoil balls containing heroin and a handgun.

ABC 15 spoke with several of the neighboring businesses who had differing opinions about the solicitor wanting to shut their neighbors down.

"We actually frequently eat lunch at Remedies, made friends with the bartenders, we knew the people who cooked there, so we've never really had any problems," said Christina Byrd who co-owns Air Time Heating and Cooling. Her business is a few doors down from Klocker's and Remedies.

She and several other businesses say the trouble happens when people get drunk, have no where else to go after 2 am, and start trouble.

"You can't control what somebody else is going to do, so I don't think the owners of those establishments should be held responsible for other people's actions," said Byrd.

T. Edwin Adler is a drummer/carpenter who frequents Pyramid Rehearsal Studios, also a neighboring business. He thinks there are businesses that are bigger problems.

"My question would be what about some of the hotels that have some of the same issues that occur time and time again? No one seems to discuss these certain locations," said Adler.

For Audry's Lounge, court documents state:

  • Calls for service to Audry’s Lounge began on March 16, 2015, when officers responded to someone shooting Respondent Okera Uzoma’s car 13 times and his shed, where Audry’s Lounge is located, once. According to Respondent Uzoma, he was DJ’ing at Audry’s Lounge, when he got into an altercation with the suspect.
  • Since that time, there have been two murders at Audry’s Lounge. On July 30, 2015, Ickel T. Stanley died of a gunshot wound through the left lung after getting into an altercation with the suspect at Audry’s Lounge. On March 24, 2018, Larry Wilson, Jr. died of three gunshot wounds to his chest at Audry’s Lounge. This murder occurred at approximately 4 a.m., and surveillance video from this night showed Respondent Okera Uzoma moving liquor bottles out of Audry’s Lounge and moving an assault rifle and handgun to his home next door.
  • On May 9, 2015, the Horry County Police Department issued Respondent Okera Uzoma a ticket for operating a business without a license. He pled guilty to this charge on June 15, 2015. On October 5, 2016, HCPD again charged Respondent Okera Uzoma for operating a business without a license, and on Nov. 21, 2016, he pled guilty.
  • On December 18, 2016, HCPD charged Respondent Audry Uzoma with failure to comply after complaints of loud noise from Audry’s Lounge. On Jan. 24, 2017, a court found her guilty in her absence. These criminal charges have had no effect on the continued operation of Audry’s Lounge.
  • In addition, there have been continuous calls from neighbors complaining of loud noise, trash and traffic coming from Audry’s Lounge.

Solicitor Jimmy Richardson is asking for a temporary injunction for each of the businesses until the cases can be heard in court. After that, Richardson is asking for the businesses to be closed for one year.

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