Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Where's the Party At?

An alleged illegal strip club inside a Lawrenceville home attracted up to 200 people, including teenagers in the middle of the night, a neighbor said. Jim Ferguson, who lives next door to the makeshift club, said he called police around 2:30 a.m. July 18 to complain about a noisy party.
“I heard a young woman … yelling ‘I’m going to kill you,’” Ferguson recalled Tuesday.
He went outside and saw dozens of cars parked along his street and around the block. Teenagers were roaming around the street and the parking lot of the Georgia Power office across the road, Ferguson said. Gwinnett County Police said the homeowner, Constance Trahan, was operating a strip club in the basement and garage of her home in the 1400 block of Purcell Road. Police said they found a sign that read “1 Dollar Jello Shots,” along with minors consuming alcohol on July 18.
“There were about 200 people there,” Ferguson said Tuesday. “It took an hour and half to clear the house.”
Trahan was at work Tuesday afternoon and not immediately available for comment, but her friends said there is no club at the home.
“It was a regular gathering,” said Christyan Hall, who lives with Trahan. “It’s just a misunderstanding.”
Trahan, a carpenter, had just finished renovating her Lawrenceville home. She set up a lounge area for the group to relax, Hall said. Friends threw Trahan, 28, a party to celebrate her birthday and the newly remodeled home, Hall said. The party ended with police at the door and guests fleeing.
“The music was loud, but it’s a quiet home. There were no strippers, no club, no underage drinking,” Hall said Tuesday. “What people do in the privacy of their own home is their own business.”
Hall said the Jell-O shots were for the adult guests.


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