Sunday, February 16, 2003

Columbus cops take look at strip clubs

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - Police plan to examine the level of crime at the city's strip clubs after two shooting deaths in a 13-month period and a recent brawl involving a National Hockey League player.

"We want to see if this is a trend and what the proper response should be," said Cmdr. Paul Denton, chief of detectives.

A teenage boy died and a 23-year-old companion remained in critical condition after they were shot on Feb. 8 in the parking lot of a club known as the Dollhouse.

In January 2002, a shooting in the parking lot of Dockside Dolls, near the Dollhouse, killed a 21-year-old Ohio State University student and wounded another man.

A third club, Pure Platinum, drew national attention last month when Theoren Fleury of the Chicago Blackhawks was involved in a fight with bouncers.

Police said Fleury was drunk at the time. He has described himself as an alcoholic and is in the NHL's substance abuse program.

Denton said that until police statistics are compiled, he's reluctant to link the problems to the presence of adult entertainment.

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