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Deputies patrol Club La Roka

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Club La Roka is located on South Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville. (May 20, 2012/FOX Carolina) Club La Roka is located on South Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville. (May 20, 2012/FOX Carolina)

A fight broke out at Club La Roka in Greenville County on May 20, and when the crowd cleared, deputies said they found a man stabbed in the stomach.

Investigators arrested 36-year-old Shadwick Ballenger of Greer and charged him with attempted murder.

Detectives said they are pretty familiar with the club and disturbance calls.

"In the last year and half there's been just a little over 30 calls there," said Matt Armstrong, a master deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Armstrong said the club is staffed with its own security.

"Basically they try to patrol it themselves, but when a situation escalates to a point where law enforcement needs to get involved then that's when we'll respond," Armstrong said.

He said the sheriff's office gets complaints about La Roka and other clubs in the county.

Out of the 33 calls within the past year at La Roka, deputies responded to a dozen calls that included disturbances, assaults and a weapon's call.

"When they first opened there were always things going on. It was always something happening," Anthony Floyd said, a nearby resident.

Floyd lives in the area and said the crowd is a lot better at La Roka now than before.

"Something is going to go on at any little club in Greenville at any given time," Floyd said.

In the past, Greenville County council members investigated the number of calls at the club.

Under Section 8 of the Business Registration Ordinance, council members have the right to revoke a business license based on public nuisance, frequent arrests or crimes of violence.

"We have to follow those guidelines it's for everybody not just one club or another club," councilwoman Lottie Gibson said.

The club is located in Gibson's District 25. She said public safety is a concern and when there's a problem she takes action.

"When I hear, I report it to the source that it needs to be reported to," Gibson said.

But Floyd said no matter where you club, it's important to be careful.

"Always be aware of the surroundings,"  Floyd said.

Investigators said it isn't uncommon to get 30 club calls within a year in Greenville County, but it is a concern. FOX Carolina tried to get in touch with the owner for comment but calls were not returned.

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