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VOL. 133 | NO. 131 | Monday, July 2, 2018

Hickory Hill Strip Club Ordered Closed as Public Nuisance Following Two Deaths

By Bill Dries

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The main event of Memphis rapper Yo Gotti’s birthday was a Thursday, June 28, show at FedExForum featuring numerous special guests. But an after party scheduled for a strip club in Hickory Hill was cancelled.

V Live Memphis, at 3569 S. Mendenhall at Winchester, was shut down by court order as a public nuisance Thursday pending a July 3 hearing before Shelby County General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Patrick Dandridge.

The Memphis strip club is part of a chain of topless clubs, with other locations in Chicago, Atlanta and Miami. A Houston V Live club was closed as a public nuisance in late 2016.

The V Live strip club at 3569 Mendenhall Road was closed by authorities Thursday, June 28, under terms of a court order declaring it a public nuisance by state law. (Daily News/Bill Dries)

Authorities describe V Live as a strip club although nudity is prohibited in nightclubs like V Live that serve beer.

The owners of the Memphis club, as listed in the court order, are Fadi Abdallah and Jamie Hampton.

Thursday's closing follows a 15-month investigation by the Multi-agency Gang Unit, Memphis Police, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

“About the only number you need to remember is that it has been open for 15 months and we’ve had two homicides here already,” said District Attorney General Amy Weirich, who along with attorneys for the city of Memphis sought the nuisance court order.

She said the investigation began 15 months ago when the club opened.

Deputy Sheriff Floyd Bonner said in addition to numerous calls for police to the nightclub, the gang unit also made undercover drug buys.

“Officers have spent a lot of time here with undercover work making buys out of this club,” he said.

Last year, on June 30, 2017, a man was killed in his car at the intersection of Winchester and Mendenhall by what police believe was a stray shot from a drive-by shooting connected to V Live.

On June 10, a man was shot at the club. The victim was identified as 32-year-old Derrick Harris, a Memphis rapper who goes by the name RichLord. Harris died Monday, June 25, of his injuries.

Weirich said the nuisance order is necessary for what she described as “a business that wants to function as a crime scene.”

ABC agents were involved in the case because of allegations that the club does not have a beer permit and that it has alcoholic beverages improperly stored.

The club opened in 1978 as a Flanigan’s nightclub and then became Night Moves. Topless nightclub kingpin Steve Cooper bought it in 1987 and sold it in 1994 to strip club owner Ralph Lunati.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 140 207 19,653
MORTGAGES 128 196 22,629
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 13 2,935
BUILDING PERMITS 166 367 40,371
BANKRUPTCIES 40 102 12,588
BUSINESS LICENSES 16 33 6,407
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 31 81 7,476
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 47 4,500