DA’s Office Asking Judge To Shut Down A Nuisance Bar In Downtown Scranton

February 5, 2019

SCRANTON — The Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office is asking a county judge to shut down Rocky’s Lounge in downtown Scranton as a nuisance bar, citing several violent incidents that occurred outside the establishment.

“After reviewing the outrageous number of incidents inside and outside Rocky’s Lounge, which have become increasingly dangerous in recent months, we decided it was high time to step in and attempt to close the bar before a college student or innocent bystander gets seriously injured,” county District Attorney Mark Powell said in a statement.

The district attorney’s office is seeking to have Rocky’s Lounge, 141 Jefferson Ave., shuttered for one year, according to a lawsuit filed in Lackawanna County court today.

Among the incidents prosecutors cited in the filing are shots fired at people standing outside the bar on Oct. 6, a shooting involving bouncers at the bar a week later and another altercation that resulted in an assault and shots fired on Dec. 2. Scranton police also responded to Rocky’s 125 times from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 4, prosecutors wrote in court documents.

“The effect of the unusually large number of calls/incidents for violent, assaultive, predatory and criminal behavior has created a large and unprecedented burden on the very limited resources of not only the Scranton Police Department but also the Lackawanna County Communications Center, local ambulance companies” and security from the University of Scranton and neighboring establishments, according to the filing.

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