AMITE — A of people were arrested during a raid at a notorious, rural gentleman's club over reports of prostitution and drug activity.
By Cheryl Mercedes - bio.
Helena Parish has learned there is a similar operation in town, and he is fighting to shut it down. A few years ago the St. Helena Parish Police Jury passed an ordinance banning gentlemen's clubs. Ira Vaughn the owner of Oakridge Lounge was grandfathered in, and things were quiet for a few years until The Mansion opened its doors in May. Helena police jurors thought Attorney Joseph Long wanted to address closing hours of bars, but Long went beyond that.
Long, who represents Oakridge Lounge is upset because back in September of his client and the St. Helena police jury agreed a new ordinance would "ban topless dancing in all establishments d to sell alcohol, but will grandfather Ira and Bobby Vaughn and Oakridge Lounge under the old law. Long pointed the finger at St. Helena Parish Sheriff Nat Williams who was quoted in a local newspaper back in May saying he found no nudity at the bar.
Long says when he sent a private investigator to check things out, he came out with a different story. On The Mansion's website the logo labels The Mansion as a gentlemen's club featuring exotic female entertainers from around the country. It promises customers 10 to 15 dancers nightly. Police Juror Frank Johnson admits his fellow council members may be at the root of the problem.
He is calling for St. Helena to do its own investigation. It's a misunderstanding on the police jury's part and the guy who's running the club. When asked what they would do if investigators find that it is operating illegally, Johnson responded, "I vote to close it.
Gentlemen's club owner fights to shut down competition. The police jury will take up the issue again at its meeting the second week of January.
Sheriff Williams was not at Tuesday's meeting, and 9 News was not able to reach him by phone. Copyright WAFB. All rights reserved.