The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 3, 2013

Club Vixen shut down; nuisance, liquor laws cited

By Sandy Scarmack
Herald Staff Writer

BROOKFIELD — Police nailed shut the doors of a private nightclub in Masury and filed more than 17 charges against three of its owners, accusing them of being a nuisance as well as violating multiple liquor laws.

Club Vixen, located at 1248 Standard Ave., previously open as Club Pearl and Club Pink, was shut down at 1 p.m. Tuesday by police and investigators from the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office, based on the results of a nearly yearlong investigation, according to Brookfield Police Chief Dan Faustino.

Police have been called numerous times a month since last fall for fights, disturbances, robberies and damage to vehicles, he said, holding an inch-thick log of complaints.

Citations for selling alcohol without a license and ongoing criminal activity were issued to owners Andrew Ziccardi, of Pittsburgh; Leslie Dilley, of 381 Logan Ave., Sharon; and Shawn Ater, 801 Stanton Ave., Sharon. Tammy Schmitt of Sharon owns the property, Faustino said, but she hadn’t been cited yet.

“It’s been a real draw on our resources and the source of numerous complaints,” Faustino said.

“The neighbors on both sides were so happy this afternoon they came out and thanked us,” he said. “They said they are tired of having to come out on Monday morning and clean all the garbage and broken glass and litter from their parking lots,.”

As police were placing yellow tape across the entrance, a woman in a passing vehicle yelled “awesome” out the window.

Police put yellow tape across the doors and attached a copy of the complaint to the front door. Any of the dozen or so employees who have personal property inside will have to contact police about retrieving it, he said. The township road department helped police board up the building.

While police were closing down the club, an employee was also arrested on an unrelated charge on a warrant from Trumbull County, Faustino said.

A hearing for the three owners is set for 1:30 p.m. July 11 in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.s