Bradley County Circuit Court Judge Larry Puckett on Monday agreed with an injunction regarding the way Freddy Mora, owner of Luv 2 Dance Studio, is to do business in the future.
Both Mora and property owner/lessor Ora Teague were happy with the agreement signed by the judge.
The court action followed a recent shooting outside the studio when two people received minor injuries. It was the latest act of violence reported at the studio in connection with large crowds that had gathered for parties.
Police were in the area a week ago Sunday when the shots rang out, according to reports.
Alcohol was present at the studio party.
Luv 2 Dance doesn’t serve alcohol, but was allowed to be brought by individuals and now new rules have been put in place by the court.
Assistant District Attorney General Stephen Hatchett filed a Petition to Abate Nuisance aimed at the studio located on 20th Street and King Edward Avenue, in response to the shooting and to a series of other late-night incidents which included multiple reports of fights.
In the latest incident, police had responded to the building which Mora leases for birthday parties, family reunions, dance instruction, martial arts instruction, exercise classes and other events. The late-night parties included individuals who brought alcohol into the building.
Police are still searching for Cordarrius Dewon Cochran, who is wanted on 10 counts of felony reckless endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault after he allegedly fired a gun outside of the studio.
Cochran is believed to be in the Hamilton County area, according to detectives at CPD.
According to Hatchett, Mora had rented the building for several parties during the past year to year-and-a-half.
During that duration, police have responded numerous times to reports of fighting and other calls for assistance.
Up to 300 people were reportedly at the party July 28.
According to Mora, the party was over and people were leaving when Cochran was alleged to have pulled a 9 mm weapon and began firing, striking a nearby apartment, two vehicles and shattering glass. Two people reportedly suffered minor injures.
No serious injuries were reported and the victims refused medical treatment, according to reports filed by the Cleveland Police Department.
After the Abatement Petition was issued Monday, Hatchett and Mora began working on solutions.
In the agreed injunction signed by Mora, Teague and Hatchett, then by Puckett:
n Luv 2 Dance is to be closed at 11:30 each night unless receiving prior approval from the Court, CPD or the DAG’s Office.
n No more than 150 people can be on the premises at any one time.
n Mora must agree to provide access to law enforcement at all times whether the building is in regular use or during third-party rental.
n In the event of a third-party rental, Mora must require the person who rents the studio to be on-site at all times during the rental.
n If any event occurring at Luv 2 Dance Studios that includes alcohol, Mora will ensure age restrictions are enforced by either obtaining private security, requiring the third-party lessee to obtain security or hire off-duty law enforcement to oversee security at the building.
n Mora will also be required to give 72 hours notice to CPD in the event any activity will include alcohol.
Puckett asked Mora if he understood any violation contained within the injunction would be a criminal offense.
Mora replied “yes” and understood he could be arrested for any of the listed violations.
“We had four or five Chattanooga groups and one from Dalton (Ga.),” he said.
“We are changing policy and want to save the business for people who need a place to hold functions such as receptions, family and other events,” Mora said during an interview last week.
Regular visitors to the studio which serves Zumba classes, ballroom dance classes and other training will have to be out of the building by 11:30 p.m. nightly as well.
Mora said one of the subtenants who holds ballroom dancing will have to cut short classes.
Mora said this weekend, ballroom dancing will resume and end at 10:30 p.m.
“Shutting down earlier will allow us to get the building clean for the next event, including church on Sunday mornings,” Mora said.