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Club Shadow

Drew Kerr -

The building at 30 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, home to Club Shadow, where police say a fight involving as many as 50 people broke out early Sunday morning. Four police officers were injured in the mayhem, and city and state officials are now scrutinizing the business.

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A Saratoga Springs nightclub is facing scrutiny after a weekend brawl that police said began with beer bottles and chairs being thrown and ended with as many as 50 people fighting in the street, leaving four officers injured.

Police said Monday that a fight broke out at Club Shadow, located at 30 Caroline St., just before 4 a.m. Sunday and that the melee quickly spread onto the street where the fighting attracted hundreds of bystanders.

City officials say that 26 officers from four agencies – the Saratoga Springs Police Department, Ballston Spa Police Department, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and the State Police – were ultimately needed to quell the mayhem. A stun gun was also used to control one of the combative subjects, police said.

Four officers were injured while attempting to make arrests and were taken to Saratoga Hospital. All have since been treated and released for what were described as strains, cuts and bruises, but one officer is expected to be off the job for a few days as he recovers.

Police said that four people were arrested in the incident and charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

They include Adriane E. Teabout, 22, of Morristown, N.J.; Rekim White, 23, of Saratoga Springs; Brandon Walker, 25, of Albany; and Calvin Martin, 22, of Amsterdam.

With the exception of Martin, each of the defendants was arraigned on Sunday and is scheduled to return to Saratoga Springs City Court on June 30.

In addition to resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, Walker is also facing a felony charge of second-degree assault. He has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody at the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

The late-night melee came just one night after police invited officials with the State Liquor Authority to investigate the establishment, which opened in 2009.

On Friday, during the course of that investigation, an employee at the club, Michael Ketchem, 33, of Clifton Park, was found with cocaine and arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Other concerns at the establishment include employees who are felons and unlicensed bartenders, and the city’s public safety commissioner, Richard Wirth, said he is working with state officials to resolve the issues now.

“We are on top of it and we will deal with it accordingly,” he said.

A spokesman for the State Liqour Authority would only say that the agency will be working with city officials and looking into this weekend’s events. Club Shadow had been in good standing with the state prior to this weekend, the spokesman said.

The State Liquor Authority has the ability to impose a civil penalty, suspend or revoke a liquor license based on infractions.

City records show the building that holds Club Shadow, also home to a bar called Johnny Luc’s, was purchased by an Albany-based company, BMC Property Development LLC, in 2009. The $1.375 million sale also included the building at 68 Putnam St.

No one was at the building on Monday, and a call to a contact listed for BMC Property Development, Bruce Boswell, was not immediately returned.

Both Club Shadow and Johnny Luc’s are have been put on the market for $369,000. The purchase price includes all of the club and kitchen equipment.

Despite the late hour of the incident, Wirth, the public safety commissioner, said he was not compelled to reconsider debating anew the city’s 4 a.m. closing time.

City officials discussed moving the closing time to an earlier hour in 2010 after a fatal hit-and-run accident connected to a late-night fight downtown occurred on Henry Street.

“I think this is an isolate incident,” Wirth said.


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