Night Club Crackdown

September 11, 2006 -- 5:30 PM CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- The Jonesboro Police Department is fed up with criminal incidents that have been happening at local night clubs, and Chief Michael Yates has taken action.

"It's really not fair to the rest of the city for us to have all of the manpower that we have available on the weekends, just to go clean up the messes that the management of some of these clubs have created," said Yates.

Yates mailed a warning notice to Club Red, Club Envision and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, advising them to "clean up their own house."

The JPD and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division teamed up Friday to take proper action.

"We went and visited a couple of our private clubs...actually the two that had the most incidents," said Yates.

One club he visited was the Eagles.  Doug Mathis sits on the board of trustees at the club, and said there hasn't been an incident on the premises in about four weeks.

"We have security people who walk around, and they see if anybody gets out of control," he said.  "We also have house rules that are set by the membership."

House rules or not, Chief Yates means business.  He's tired of the fighting and disorderly conduct.

"The kind of foolishness we've had out there, it needs to be corrected immediately before somebody loses their life," he said.

Mathis said that the staff at the Eagles will continue to do their best to keep problems down at the club, and Chief Yates wants the other clubs to comply.

"Hopefully they'll take our efforts very seriously because we do mean business."