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Club Paradise could lose their liquor license

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RICHLAND, Wa.,--Club Paradise is growing in popularity and becoming all too familiar to law enforcement. The question on many minds tonight is what options does the city of Richland have in shutting them down for good?

Since January 2006, Richland police have responded to 80 separate incidents at Club Paradise. Back in early February, a man was stabbed. According to police documents, drugs, intoxication and violence are becoming the standards of choice for partygoers. As of today, the business continues to operate. Captain Mike Cobb of Richland police says his department can only do so much.

"We can address our part of the equation that has to do with violation of city statute or state law," said Cobb.

And every weekend, police almost expect to be called to the club in the columbia center north shopping center. The Washington State Liquor Control Board is well aware of this Tri-Cities' establishment. They've received numerous phone calls and complaints of underage drinking, but without any cooperation from witnesses, there is no case. Police and liquor control are certain that alcohol is playing a major role with the history of violence at the club. And a new law could raise the stakes and likely force club paradise to shut down.

"When they go to renew their liquor license, the city can object to it, based on the number of police calls and problems in the community," said a state liquor control board official.

Out of the 113 active liquor licenses in the city of richland, Club Paradise is the leading establishment for police service calls. It's becoming a drain on the community as well as law enforcement.