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Impulse nightclub owner turns in liquor license

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The owner of Charleston's troubled Impulse nightclub has voluntarily turned in her business's liquor license.

Gary Robinson, spokesman for the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, said Impulse owner Janet Amores turned in her liquor license for the club on Feb. 15. The action came two days before an ABCA-ordered 20-day suspension was to have been lifted.

"I've always admired and respected the mayor [Danny Jones]," Amores said Tuesday. "I love West Virginia and always want the best for this state, especially this beautiful city."

Impulse, located on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston, has been under investigation by ABCA officials since an 18-year-old University of Charleston student and football player was stabbed in the doorway of the nightclub on Jan. 27.

Police originally arrested one man for that stabbing, than let him go. A second man, Aris Hairston, 26, turned himself in to police on Friday and was charged with malicious wounding.

The nightclub had a history of violence inside and near it.

Charleston city officials announced their intentions to shut Impulse down following the latest stabbing. Jones said the club's owners had misled the city when they applied for their conditional-use building permit, saying they wanted to open an upscale club for young professionals. "What they wanted to do and what they have now are two complete, diametrically opposite things," the mayor said after the stabbing.

On Tuesday, Jones said he was pleased that bar owners voluntarily turned over the liquor license for the club.

"I think it was a good move on their part," he said. "It's good news for the city, and it's certainly good for Capitol Street.

"You never knew what news was going to hit when they were open," Jones continued. "Now we're not going to have to worry about it anymore."

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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