Neighbor: take New Copper Penny liquor license

The New Copper Penny in the Lent neighborhood of Portland, March 14, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
The New Copper Penny in the Lent neighborhood of Portland, March 14, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After a shooting outside the New Copper Penny Nightclub in the Lents neighborhood on Saturday night, some residents think it’s time to pull the club’s liquor license.

The victim, Kyron Antonio Trevino, has gang ties and authorities believe the shooting was gang-related.

It’s the latest in a string of fights, assaults and other problems that date back years. In 2011, there was another shooting outside the club and shots were fired there just two weeks ago.

Dozens of police calls date back to the mid-1980s at the club. About two years ago, a shooting outside the club sent a bullet to the Tidee Didee Diaper Service across the street.

Cindy Martin from Tidee Didee said it’s not something people in that area should have to deal with, “but people living in the area have gotten used to that over there.”

Nearby resident Adam Simmons, who has written to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission about issues at the New Copper Penny, said it’s time for something to be done.

“I think we should temporarily revoke their liquor license, and have a public investigation into the constant public safety issues that keep popping up surrounding that business,” Simmons told KOIN 6 News.

Simmons told KOIN 6 News the violence takes away from efforts to clean up Lents.

The New Copper Penny is in a landmark area the city is trying to revitalize.

The city has invested millions of dollars in storefront improvements and businesses that failed. They’re trying again with a million dollar investment in a brew pub just two blocks away.

Moses Cooper of Working Class Acupuncture said, “Lents has a difficult reputation from all the trials that it’s gone through. There’s a long way to go.”

KOIN 6 News tried but was unable to contact a spokesperson for the OLCC nor the owner of the nightclub for comment. Police said the owner has been cooperative in the past.

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