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Bar In South Lansing Has Continued Crime Problems

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - It's changed names and ownership several times in the last five years, but little has changed in terms of crime at a bar on South Cedar and I-96.

An August 10th shooting outside the Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge has police, nearby businesses and the city working to curb the violence. Police say the name on the building doesn't matter.

Since 2008, officers have responded to the same address on South Cedar, now the Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge more than 500 times. Not all of them involve serious crimes, but the 41 calls so far this year include one shooting and one "shots fired."

"Our problem is obviously the amount of resources that it takes to deal with the calls for service at the end of the night," said Captain Jim Kraus, with the Lansing Police Department.

A concern for police and Public Safety Chair Jody Washington. She says "this has got to stop period."

The attorney for the club says most of the issues haven't been inside, but out in the parking lot. He also says they constantly communicate with the cops. "The police reports will say there were some issues in the parking lot, we don't believe they are all Fahrenheit driven," said Charles Ford, the Fahrenheit's attorney.

But this is not only an issue for Lansing Police and city council, Best Western Plus just around the corner says recent activity here has caused panic with guests and forced the hotel to lock down.

"We've had guests come in and leave after they've seen the police presence and actually no way to quantify how much business we've lost," said Dennis Wilcox, the manager of the Best Western Plus in Lansing.

The police, the hotel and the club will meet again to discuss solutions ,but if they can't reach a deal, the council says it could shut the place down. Until then, Fahrenheit's doors and business will remain open.

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