2012-03-28 / For The Record

Sardis club shut down

Shots fired at officers
By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

Sardis police pulled the license of a Sapp Street club for illegally serving liquor.

The Social Club, which was doing business as Club Extreme, was shut down Saturday night after officers found employees serving mixed drinks to customers.

According to Sardis Police Chief Gary Jones, the club is licensed to sell beer and wine but not distilled spirits.

Police, along with Burke County deputies and Georgia State Patrol officers, seized several fifths and half-gallons of gin, vodka and brandy, as well as the cash the club took in that night.

The Georgia Department of Revenue has taken over the case, Chief Jones said, with intentions of charging licensee Deborah Fleming of Sardis, along with her boyfriend and mother who were operating Club Extreme in her absence.

“We’ve had constant complaints about the club,” the chief said in reference to disturbances and fights.

Officers had complaints of their own after clearing the club of its 30 or so customers.

“We were all standing outside on the street when someone shot numerous rounds at us from the corner of North Hill and Sapp Street,” Chief Jones said, noting the shots came from an estimated 100 yards away.

The gunman was later identified as parolee Deshaziur Rouse, 30; but before officers could pick him up, he got into more trouble.

They were still searching for him Sunday morning when a domestic violence call came in and officers found Rouse assaulting his girlfriend.

In addition to the reckless conduct charge from Club Extreme, Rouse was charged with simple battery, theft by taking and cruelty to children in the third degree. He was also served with warrants from a March 7 incident in which he tried to outrun officers in a car that was stolen out of Screven County.

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