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Paran Elks Lodge facing disciplinary action

There's a legal battle to permanently shut down a private club in west Las Vegas.

On Wednesday, the city will consider disciplining Paran Elks Lodge.

Metro Police claim there's been a pattern of violent crime there over the years. The city is looking at a long, 79-page complaint claiming that Paran Elks Lodge has actually enabled that violence. But the owner says that is not true that those incidents are out of their control.

Paran Elks Lodge is near Owens and I-15. It's been closed for a month which is part of a 90-day closure.

The business has filed an injunction to reopen it, saying they're being targeted unfairly. In court documents, Metro claims employees have refused to cooperate with Metro Police during several investigations, including attempted murder.

But the lodge says they are not the problem, the crimes have been between people.

"We didn't have any control over what happened in the parking lot," said Charles Barber, president, Elks Lodge. "Now they're trying to make us responsible to where we need to put armed security. That to me shows that we're going to have some additional problems."

"At this point, from a legal perspective, we're trying to get the lodge to reopen. And that is the one thing Metro and the city have indicated they will not support. However, that is extremely prejudicial to the lodge. There are employees who have been out of work since the shutdown. There are members who can't use the lodge," said Shawanna Johnson, attorney for Paran Elks Lodge.

The temporary closure has affected 24 employees and dozens of members. It's a non-profit social club for the black community that's been around since the 1950s.

The lodge says it's tried to make changes, including a computerized list of members because they're required to sign in and have an ID. They've added metal detectors and made security changes.

8 News Now reached out to the city, but they chose not to comment. The Ward 5 Chamber of Commerce president also thinks the business is being targeted unfairly.

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