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County upholds decision to yank bar's registration

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Greenville County has upheld its decision to revoke the business registration of a bar where the owner was killed last year.

Raheem Robinson, 38, also known as "Bobby T," was shot and killed in the parking lot of his White Horse Road bar that bore his nickname on Aug. 6, 2012.

After his death, family and friends took over the bar and reopened it, saying it was Robinson's dream. The new management said they had security guards on site and checked all their patrons for concealed weapons.

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About five months later, deputies were called to the same bar after 29-year-old Marcus McGee, of Greenville, was shot and killed in the parking lot.

On Jan. 23, Greenville Deputy County Administrator John Hansley sent a letter to the owners of Bobby T's, now called Z2, stating that the business registration for the establishment had been revoked.

In the letter, Hansley cited an unusually high number of calls by law enforcement agencies, frequent arrests for illegal acts during business hours and failure to provide sufficient security measures to protect people and property as reasons for shutting down the nightclub.

Betty Barton, the new owner of the bar, said that although the bar has been closed, she appealed the letter because she did not feel it is fair that her right to own a business for the next year will be taken away from her.

On Wednesday, County Administrator Joe Kernell, who served as the hearing officer for Barton's appeal, upheld the decision to shut down the bar.

In the order, Kernell cited the bar being labeled as a "retail trade" on the registration forms, failure to pay local hospitality taxes, the number of calls for law enforcement to the bar and selling alcohol without a permit as reasons for the decision. He also said the bar negatively affected nearby people and property.

Deputies arrested David Young in connection with McGee's death. William McKinney was arrested in connection with Robinson's death.

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