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Originally published Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM

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City warns Club Volume to step up security

Club Volume in Pioneer Square has been declared a “chronic public nuisance” by Seattle police and the city attorney’s office. The owners of the dance club must curb crime and fighting or face fines and the loss of their business license.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Parking-lot brawls, drunken juveniles and lax security have led the Seattle Police Department and the city attorney’s office to declare Club Volume in Pioneer Square a “chronic public nuisance.”

The club at 172 S. Washington St. is also known as simply “Volume.”

Owners Joseph and Vickie Bellotti, of Seattle, must curb the ongoing issues or face possible revocation of their business license and fines of up to $25,000.

No one returned messages left for the club Saturday.

“Since the beginning of the year, police have responded to more than a dozen incidents at Club Volume, including parking lot brawls, and incidents involving lax security, drunken juveniles, passed-out patrons, brawls, and cases of assault and robbery right on the club’s dance floor,” the Police Department said on its blog Friday.

In a letter to the owners and Matthew Chu, of Bellevue, described as the “person in charge” of the club, police described an incident on Jan. 1 in which two men approached a woman dancing there and asked for her cellphone and wallet, then took them from her purse.

“When victim contacted club security, they refused to assist her,” said the June 3 letter, signed by acting Police Chief Jim Pugel.

Among other incidents outlined in the letter was a Feb. 4 parking-lot brawl involving at least five separate fights in which police officers “were forced to use pepper spray.”

On May 13, a man called 911 saying he had been assaulted on the Volume dance floor. Police observed he had cuts, scratches and contusions, and he reported losing consciousness.

“[T]he City is deeply concerned by ongoing criminal activities at Club Volume. This Chronic Nuisance Declaration provides an opportunity for the City to work with the property and club owners to end criminal activities linked with the club,” West Precinct City Attorney’s Office Liaison Sumeer Singla said on the Police Department’s blog.

Melissa Allison: 206-464-3312 or mallison@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter @AllisonSeattle.

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