Club Cinema in court - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Club Cinema in court

Posted: Updated:

WSVN -- A 7News investigation first exposed the problems at a South Florida nightclub. Reports of rampant drug use, underage drinking, teens rushed to the hospital. On Wednesday, the club's fate was the topic of debate in court. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero has the exclusive.

The hearing is all about what goes on in and around Club Cinema, besides music and dancing. Pompano Beach calls it a public nuisance and wants it shut down.

Mark Berman: "They're specifically deemed to constitute a public nuisance by having drugs on the premises. Young people go there to purchase and use MDMA ecstasy or, as the street name refers to it, as Mollies."

The city presented a litany of arrests and emergency rescues at the club over the last year and a half, but the club's attorney argues it has done all it can to keep people from using drugs on the premises.

Sandy Topkin: "When different cultures and different bands and different types of music played, Woodstock, The Rolling Stones, there were drugs there that people would take."

Club Cinema claims it's being targeted by BSO, but the officer in charge of operations at the club testified that the department gets complaints about what goes on there.

Sgt. Tom McInerney: "We got tips from community and stuff like that about the narcotics going on, the underage patrons, the underage drinking, the underage people inside the club and of course the large amount of narcotic sales."

Before making a decision, Judge John luzzo is expected to view a variety of videos taken at the club, some taken by the club and others that include 7News' investigation of what we found going on at Club Cinema.

Carmel Cafiero, 7News.

IF YOU HAVE A STORY FOR CARMEL TO INVESTIGATE:

Miami-Dade: 305-627-CLUE
Broward: 954-921-CLUE
E-mail: clue@wsvn.com


  • Help Me HowardMore>>

  • Found Savings Bonds, Can't Find Owner

    Found Savings Bonds, Can't Find Owner

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:57:35 GMT
    It's what some people dream about: finding an envelope filled with money. One South Florida woman did find it in a parking lot, but she wasn't dreaming of riches. She was determined to find the owner. She couldn't, so she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
    It's what some people dream about: finding an envelope filled with money. One South Florida woman did find it in a parking lot, but she wasn't dreaming of riches. She was determined to find the owner. She couldn't, so she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
  • Finding a Burglar

    Finding a Burglar

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:39:48 GMT
    Loretta Clark's diamond necklace.Loretta Clark's diamond necklace.
    When his wife passed away, he was devastated. Today he feels even worse, because a necklace she loved, that was left for him, was stolen by a crook who broke into his home. So many people in South Florida are crime victims, but what can you do? It's why he called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
    When his wife passed away, he was devastated. Today he feels even worse, because a necklace she loved, that was left for him, was stolen by a crook who broke into his home. So many people in South Florida are crime victims, but what can you do? It's why he called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
  • Still Paying Debt 15 Years Later

    Still Paying Debt 15 Years Later

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-07-17 03:04:13 GMT
    In 1999, she was a teenager who had a car accident. A judge hit her with a judgment to pay for the other drivers medical bills. For 15 years off and on she has paid that judgment and today found out she owes more than the original debt, even though she has paid nearly the amount owed. Is that legal? It's why she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
    In 1999, she was a teenager who had a car accident. A judge hit her with a judgment to pay for the other drivers medical bills. For 15 years off and on she has paid that judgment and today found out she owes more than the original debt, even though she has paid nearly the amount owed. Is that legal? It's why she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

  • On Deco DriveMore>>

  • Lynn's Hot Vacation Pictures

    Lynn's Hot Vacation Pictures

     Check out Lynn Martinez's family vacation pictures featuring her mother.

     Check out Lynn Martinez's family vacation pictures featuring her mother.

  • NIU

    NIU

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:44:08 GMT
    Good things come in small packages, especially when it comes to innovative Spanish cuisine in Miami. Deco got a table at NIU (new) and got a big taste of Barcelona.
    Good things come in small packages, especially when it comes to innovative Spanish cuisine in Miami. Deco got a table at NIU (new) and got a big taste of Barcelona.
  • 50 Photos

    50 Photos

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:29:09 GMT
    Shireen Sandoval has read the Fifty Shades of Grey books, and has watched the trailer at least fifty times. It's only a matter of time till she starts posting Fifty Shades themed pictures of herself on her Instagram. A man can dream.
    Shireen Sandoval has read the Fifty Shades of Grey books, and has watched the trailer at least fifty times. It's only a matter of time till she starts posting Fifty Shades themed pictures of herself on her Instagram. A man can dream.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

    Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:43:36 GMT
    U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't...
    U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't seem to...
  • Big family hit by Sandy to share lottery winnings

    Big family hit by Sandy to share lottery winnings

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:43:32 GMT
    A large family that lives at the shore and suffered losses during Superstorm Sandy will share a $20 million lottery jackpot that one of the 17 siblings said will be "a great pick-me-up."
    A large family that lives at the shore and suffered losses during Superstorm Sandy will share a $20 million lottery jackpot that one of the 17 siblings said will be "a great pick-me-up."
  • Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea

    Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:24 GMT
    An 80-year-old man who came home to find two burglars said he shot and killed one of them despite her pleas that she was pregnant, but it's the woman's alleged accomplice who has been arrested on suspicion...
    Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.
  • 7News InvestigationMore>>

  • Captain of Controversy

    Captain of Controversy

    Capt. Francesco SchettinoCapt. Francesco Schettino
    In Italy this week, the captain of the Costa Concordia began pre-trial hearings he hopes will convince a judge that the deadly shipwreck was an accident and not a crime. Earlier this year, investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero traveled to Italy for an exclusive interview with Captain Schettino and now has a special assignment report on what he will be telling the court.
    In Italy this week, the captain of the Costa Concordia began pre-trial hearings he hopes will convince a judge that the deadly shipwreck was an accident and not a crime. Earlier this year, investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero traveled to Italy for an exclusive interview with Captain Schettino and now has a special assignment report on what he will be telling the court.
  • Till Death Do Us Part

    Till Death Do Us Part

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:54 PM EST2013-11-08 04:54:26 GMT
    Alejandra Apraez said her wedding was ruined when the florist she hired did not show up. Alejandra Apraez said her wedding was ruined when the florist she hired did not show up.
    There is very little that will match a bride's wedding day -- a day, months, even years in the planning -- and one South Florida woman's wedding was ruined when the florist didn't show up. Why? A death ... but was there a death? Tonight, investigative reporter Patrick Fraser has the amazing story in a report we call "Till Death Do Us Part."
    There is very little that will match a bride's wedding day -- a day, months, even years in the planning -- and one South Florida woman's wedding was ruined when the florist didn't show up. Why? A death ... but was there a death? Tonight, investigative reporter Patrick Fraser has the amazing story in a report we call "Till Death Do Us Part."
  • Blackwater Fever

    Blackwater Fever

    It was a terrible form of malaria that killed two men. Turning their internal organs black. In south Florida we have almost wiped malaria out but now the concern -- it's spreading around us and could hit us. As...
    It was a terrible form of malaria that killed two men. Turning their internal organs black. In south Florida we have almost wiped malaria out but now the concern -- it's spreading around us and could hit us. As Patrick...
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.