User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


59° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Vault's Violent History

November 21, 2012, 6:01 PM by Don Jorgensen

Vault's Violent History
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

This isn't the first time there have been complaints about this particular building that's had several names as a nightclub.  In fact, it's had a long history of violence and problems dating back to 2006.

Gunshots, stabbings and violent fist fights.  They were just some of the incidents that were reported in 2006, when the nightclub was called Coconut Joe's.

"The types of calls we get at Coconut Joe's are different," Captain Monica Meendering of Sioux Falls Police Department said during a city council meeting.

Police and city officials met with the owners back then, who promised to clean up the nightclub.

"99 percent of our problems happen when the bar closes," owner Rob Feller said.

The bar's owners changed the name of the nightclub to the Lava Lounge, hoping to attract a quieter and gentler crowd.

"I wish you all the luck, but you are responsible for your patrons and their safety, and I hope that happens," former city council member Kevin Kavanaugh said at the time.

But the newly name Lava Lounge soon began oozing with controversy once again, when the owners tried bringing in the Girls Gone Wild Bus tour.

Under heavy criticism and scrutiny by the community, owners decided at the last minute to cancel the show. 

"We all live here.  Every owner lives here.  Management lives here, and it wasn't a difficult decision.  It was the right decision to make with the responses and conversing again with members of the community," Kevin Di Piazza, Lava Lounge Director of Operations, said.

Now more than five years later, those community concerns have surfaced again, which some hope could be the right combination to close the Vault.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


Sponsored
 

View news

You may also like

Four Arrested In Church Vandalism

5/18/2015 1:47 PM

Three Sioux Falls residents face charges after allegedly breaking into a west central Minnesota church.

Full Story
Woman Says Man Drugged Her at Concert, Hopes Story Helps Others

5/19/2015 6:05 PM

It was supposed to be an unforgettable concert, but a woman says she cannot remember it because she believes someone drugged her.

Full Story | Watch
One Killed, Five Hurt In Crash Near Bowdle

5/18/2015 2:07 PM

A Colton man is dead and five other people are hurt following a crash on U.S. Highway 12 near Bowdle on Sunday.

Full Story
Chicken Doesn’t Recognize Boy After Hair Cut

5/19/2015 12:22 PM

Video of a young boy getting a hug from a chicken is collecting a flock of fans.

Full Story
Former Sioux Falls Teacher Sentenced To 15 Years

5/22/2015 11:04 AM

In February, Drueppel admitted she had a relationship with a student while working as a teacher at a Sioux Falls middle school.

Full Story


Events