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Multiple fights at Twist Lounge have police on alert

Syracuse Police are hoping to crackdown on a new bar, following multiple incidents in a short time period. This past weekend alone, police were called to the Twist Lounge twice – both were calls to break up large group fights. Now, police are referring Twist Lounge to the State Liquor Authority for violations.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Syracuse Police are hoping to crackdown on a new bar, following multiple incidents in a short time period.

This past weekend alone, police were called to the Twist Lounge twice – both were calls to break up large group fights. Now, police are referring Twist Lounge to the State Liquor Authority for violations.

The owner of Twist Lounge, Joshua Jones, claims he met with police and has made every effort to run a good business. He says he puts the blame on unruly acts by non-Twist customers. Syracuse Police, however, aren’t ready to forgive and forget what happened this past weekend.

There was a fight on Friday night, followed by a big brawl on Saturday with four people getting stabbed.

“Anytime you have people stabbed inside of your place, it becomes a problem and it’s going to get some attention,” Jones told NewsChannel 9.

Syracuse Police Lieutenant Richard Shoff explained, "He said he wouldn’t let anyone under 21 into the place and we found there were six people under 21 that were in the place...he was supposed to hire licensed security. I don’t know that he’s done that."

But Jones says he’s not to blame. However, in the eyes of police, Jones hasn’t done enough to keep the peace among his patrons and if the paperwork continues to pile up, police pressure will begin to mount as well.

Syracuse Police are reviewing all the reports and while there have not been enough incidents to rise to the level of nuisance abatement, they’re keeping track and will also review the certificate of use.

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