What we don't need around our children, our schools, and our communities are places like "Scoobies." Over the last several years this "Gentlemen's Club" has changed it's name several times. Each time the local community member pray and hold is closes for good. This "Gentlemen's Club" has caused several issues within the community in which it resides. From ladies wearing bearly anything outside to club to drunken people stubbling into the yards of those near the club. Now, the life of a young man has been cut short, partly, because of this club.
Therefore, I ask you to join with me in signing this petition to be presented to the city of Allentown and Bethlehem to finally close down this dangerious "club" once and for all!
One person was fatally shot early this morning outside a longtime strip club in Allentown close to the Bethlehem border.
The victim, who was not identified, was found outside Scoobies Gentlemen's Club, 2327 Hanover Ave., police said. Police have not named suspects.
The victim was treated by Bethlehem paramedics at the scene and then taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill, but was pronounced dead at 3:40 a.m., police said.
The identity of the victim will be released by the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office pending notification of victim's family.
The Lehigh County’s District Attorney’s office and Bethlehem police are investigating.
Neighbors on nearby Club and Eaton avenues said this afternoon they weren't surprised by the shooting at the club.
"It's a normal thing on the weekend to hear lots of arguing," said Laurie Stark, who lives on Club Avenue, catty-corner to the club.
Stark didn't hear any gunshots but said she saw several police cars surrounding the establishment about 5 this morning. She said that she's only lived on the street for a few months but has learned what to expect: beer bottles abandoned on her lawn and several cars parked along her street on the weekend.
The club, which is located on a triangular island of land on Hanover Avenue, doesn't have any parking, Stark explained.
Another neighbor on Club Avenue, who asked not to be identified due to the nature of the incident, said that she was woken up by three or four gunshots about 1:30 this morning. She said that she looked out her window and saw a crowd of people outside the club.
"It seemed like the whole Lehigh Valley police force was on the scene very quickly, which was comforting," she said. "But it's not comforting that someone was shot."
She said that Scoobies taints the otherwise friendly and safe neighborhood.
"Not that a strip club is necessarily a bad business. It's just not the kind of thing you want in the neighborhood (where) you're raising your kids," the neighbor said.
Damian Riebe, who lives on Eaton Avenue, said that he didn't hear or see anything until later this morning, when he saw police cars surrounding the area. He said the club brings an unsavory crowd to the neighborhood.
"It's crazy," he said. "That place brings trash around here."
Some thought the shooting was out of character for the area. Charles Yolst, who has lived on Club Avenue for about seven years and grew up on a nearby street, didn't know that someone had been shot and killed.
He said police were still outside the club about 11 this morning, but he wasn't sure what happened. He said that Bethlehem and Allentown police are often seen driving through the neighborhood, since its near the border of both cities, but that there doesn't seem to be much crime.
"I'm kind of surprised because not a lot happens," he said. "I honestly haven't seen much activity. It seems fairly quiet other than traffic."