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Mojoes of Joliet faces another overcrowding charge

JOLIET – Mojoes of Joliet is being charged with overcrowding again.

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, also the city's liquor commissioner, said Wednesday his office will bring charges against Mojoes for an incident over the weekend.

Shots were fired, although no one was hit, about 12:30 a.m. Sunday during a brawl outside of the downtown club.

"There were police there," O'Dekirk said. "The consensus was that it was well over 500 people."

Capacity at the club is 500.

O'Dekirk last week suspended Mojoes' liquor license for three days because of an April overcrowding incident in which a police officer and fire official showed up to stop more people from entering the club. The suspension will be in effect from June 14 to 17.

Tickets were pre-sold for the April 11 show as well as at the door. People who bought tickets in advance could not get in and were refunded money.

The club may have been rented out for the recent event.

"It's my understanding that they subletted the property to a third party," O'Dekirk said.

He also said there is a written agreement for the event "that indicated that Mojoes could hold a thousand people."

Mojoes owner Chris Triebes could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

Triebes last week said he wanted to expand the existing facility or move to a new location that could hold a thousand people.

O'Dekirk said last week that the city would help Mojoes pursue a larger facility.

"In the meantime," he said Wednesday, "you can't put people at risk like that."

A Liquor Commission hearing on the new charges will take place next week.

During next week's hearing, Mojoes also will face charges of letting an event attended by minors run past 10:30 p.m. and for creating a nuisance, O'Dekirk said.

An attorney for Mojoes said Wednesday that he had not seen the charges and could not comment.

In the April incident, Mojoes also was charged with serving alcohol in an area where minors were present. City officials, however, said police did not see minors being served.

Mojoes is an all-ages club. But for performances with all-ages events, minors are required to be on one floor of the club and no alcohol is to be served there. The club has two floors, and alcohol is allowed on a second floor.

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