Police padlock Yea Baby's nightclub, calling it a public nuisance

Friday, October 5, 2012 at 5:53pm
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Metro police Friday closed and padlocked Yea Baby’s, a Murfreesboro Pike nightclub formerly known as Silverado’s, under a court-ordered injunction.

Police, along with the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, claim the persistence of fighting, assaults, drug use and other crimes led them to seek a temporary injunction against the club just more than year after it had been padlocked while operating as Silverado’s.

Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn on Friday signed the injunction and padlocking order, deeming the club a public nuisance and shuttering its doors at least until a hearing can be held on the matter. That hearing is set for Thursday, Oct. 11.

Fishburn’s order prohibits the owners and operators of the business — Paul Louis Eichel, his son, Joshuah Eichel, James Ferguson and Robert J. Ray, — as well as the owner of the property, Nancy Cook, from being on the premises pending further decisions of the court.

The nightclub remained under court jurisdiction of after it was padlocked in similar fashion in August 2011. A court-ordered permanent injunction in September 2011 mandated that the owners clean up their business and make changes to its operation, which then allowed the business to reopen.

Police Chief Steve Anderson said Yea Baby’s had “adversely impacted the safety of this part of the Murfreesboro Pike corridor far too long and has been a drain on the resources of the Hermitage Precinct.”

Police allege that since the business reopened last year the department has logged more than 270 service calls to Yea Baby’s, at 1204 Murfreesboro Pike.

In addition, 366 service calls originated from the Murfreesboro Pike and Kermit Drive intersection in front of the business, with police responding to shootings, shots fired calls and disorderly persons complaints.

“This is the first time my office has brought a second nuisance action against the same business,” said District Attorney Torry Johnson. “The apparent indifference by the owners and managers of this establishment is not acceptable to my office, the police and certainly the neighborhood.”

Police outlined issues with the business in a lengthy affidavit, which can be found here.

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25 Comments on this post:

By: Ask01 on 10/5/12 at 4:39

I may be a little off base here, but if police know there is a disruptive element frequenting the location, wouldn't the best course of action be to camp out nearby like they do with a speed trap, and let the bad apples come to them?

I know hanging out in the bad part of town is more dangerous than hiding behind telephone poles to catch citizens driving a few miles over the limit, and probably not nearly as profitable, but isn't that what we, the citizens, their bosses by way of our protection, I mean tax money pay them for?

Now the people who were hanging out at this establishment will be scattered around town and probably create many more nuisances for Metro to police.

By: TITAN1 on 10/5/12 at 8:06

Still crying about officers doing their jobs writing tickets. You must have gotten plenty by how much crying you do. I'm glad the give tickets to the inconsiderate bozo drivers who got their license out of a cracker jack box. Where is your "buddy" imstandingonthetop? Oh, that's right I busted him for being a troll for talking out both sides of his mouth. His posts were less than a week apart at that. It must be sad to be so miserable that you have to complain about everything.

By: TITAN1 on 10/5/12 at 8:08

As for this place, I hope they never open again.

By: eamus-catuli on 10/5/12 at 9:12

The name of the owner sounds familiar, didn't he also have issues with a bar/club that he had in SoBro?

"Make something idiot-proof and the world will build a better idiot"

By: GuardianDevil01 on 10/6/12 at 4:31

The solution to the problem is simple. Stop playing rap music. Rap music glorifies the type of criminal behavior that goes on at clubs like Silverado's. It does not matter what other steps the owners are forced to take, as long as they play music that is representative of a gutter culture they will have gang members and other low-lives Keeping It Real there. But as Ask01 noted earlier, closing the club will not stop the stabbings, shootings, and assaults. It will merely move them to other places where innocent bystanders are more likely to be hurt.

By: dixiehopper on 10/6/12 at 6:15

Yeah eamus, I see you caught that too. I remember working downtown years back when Eichel ran "The Castle" on 2nd Av.So. between Molloy St. and Korean Vets. MPD practically had to keep riot troops staged out in the parking lot every Saturday night. Every club Paul Eichel has run has turned into a indoor shooting range, drug den or combination thereof. He has run several and it seems they have all ended up padlocked or raided at some point.

By: Ask01 on 10/6/12 at 7:10

Typical, isn't it? Anytime someone refuses to grant unconditional support to law enforcement, the automatic accusation is, "You must have many tickets or arrests."

So what if I had a photo album full? With cops granted so much power and often immunity from prosecution, the numbers of citizens who see through the sham must surely be growing to frightening proportions.

Doing their jobs? That phrase has been so used as to become the new "I was just following orders." And blindly so, I might add.

I suppose pointing out that by padlocking the establishment, while it was, I freely admit, a throbbing pimple on Metro's collective butt, the court has made the cops jobs more difficult as they will now have the patrons scattered all over Metro, likely endangering innocents who would have otherwise never been near them. Did the cops ever mention this?

I wonder if they ever considered stepping up their presence, actually investigating, compiling evidence, and putting the most dangerous away, and sending a message to those remaining such antics will not be tolerated?

Oh, wait, I answered my question, it would be dangerous, and by sending the troublemakers underground, they can claim their job is more difficult, requiring more funding to combat a problem they allowed to fester.

I see now.

By: TITAN1 on 10/6/12 at 7:56

No, Ask01, you will never see, as long as you do not respect authority.

By: Ask01 on 10/6/12 at 10:29

Respect must be earned first.

By: tiredofit on 10/6/12 at 2:04

I agree with Asko1. Several years ago Franklin and Brentwood found out that the city was going to move the projects all over the city. They both created a ordinance where no more apt's could be built in the Franklin and Brentwood area knowing then the city could not build any projects in their area. That left the rest of the city to suffer. Now they are spread out everywhere corrupting youth that may have not been corrupted before.
With that being said. Now the neighborhood I live in has become more crime ridden. Funny how we did not have these problems until that happened.
Second, I have tried to get Metro to patrol on my street. We have had several robberies in the area and now home invasions. They just say they do not have the man power. Why should it be ok for them to lie to me when they do not like being lied to. They have a speed trap right down the street from me. The street in question has no houses on it, however it is being patroled several days a week. Still the street I live on ( That has kids standing and waiting for the school bus has speeders and wreckless driving on it.) Why is it more important to patrol a non residential street? Not that they could split the time between both but it is more profitable to stay where they are. Maybe when a kid or person is killed they may think about it but I doubt it.
I say keep all the trouble together as well. Why should the hard working good people suffer?

By: TITAN1 on 10/6/12 at 5:40

I can offset your complaint with many good works by officers. I appreciate the hard work they do. Their life is on the line every time the put on their uniform. Whether it is a traffic stop, chasing a robbery suspect, or whatever. They are out there protecting the innocent. You can't let people drive any way they want. If people would obey the traffic laws then those officers can be somewhere else. I have personally emailed the captain at the south precinct twice about the reckless drivers who use the center turn lane on Harding Place as a passing lane in the afternoons. A couple of days later after each call an officer was there pulling them over. The idiots that do this are putting other people in danger and they think they are better than everyone else. If you have a complaint find out what you can do about it. I really don't think you have any legit complaints or you wouldn't be whining about it on a message board. Keep up the good work, officers.

By: Ask01 on 10/7/12 at 3:42

tiredofit, check out this site, http://whentennesseepigsfly.wordpress.com/. Very interesting items about police and judicial misconduct in Tennessee.

Plus, read Norm Stamper's book, "Breaking Rank." Mr. Stamper is a former police chief who pulls back the wool the law enforcement community has pulled over the public eyes, revealing the dirty, slimy underside of law enforcement.

Both sources will provide reason to ponder why the public even supports them any longer.

By: TITAN1 on 10/7/12 at 2:54

I'll go by what I see first hand, not what some website with a stupid name says. Ask01, seems you might be hiding a lot. Be careful. Honest hard working citizens are getting tired of people who think they can do whatever they want.

By: dangerlover on 10/7/12 at 8:04

I agree that the police are generally good folks who do a decent job, but the speed ticketing is a bit excessive. I was once pulled over for going 35 on park after just coming off charlotte, and there was no speed limit sign between charlotte and where I was pulled. Even though the default limit in the city is 35, he still decided to give me a ticket, because he had, "a quota to fill." Direct quote. What good does giving meaningless tickets to people trying to follow the law do, except bringing in additional funds?

By: Ask01 on 10/8/12 at 6:20

Honest, hardworking citizens are tired of heavey handed, Gestapo, tactics, and police getting away with actions which would land them in jail.

Something to hide? No, sorry to disappoint you. I do believe, however, that power corrupts and police have been steadily acquiring more power over the years along with military grade equipment, and for what aim?

Perhaps to keep the populace under tight control? To require visas to go from Gallatin to Green Hills?

Just trying to kep them honest and fearful of the people they serve. (Remember, Protect and Serve, not Terrorize and Oppress.

By: TITAN1 on 10/8/12 at 8:19


By: TOPDOG... on 10/8/12 at 9:36

There are many serial callers who make multiple calls to police on a daily basis, all for any excuse or no excuse at all. A car driving by the place is enough to send them running to the phone for 911. I am curious how many of these calls were valid complaints. When any department of the government would close a private business because of nuisance calls they should have a committee to review the complaints. Closing is standard procedure for most departments in Metro. Usually these calls are by a neighbor who doesn't like someone, or a competing business or just someone with no life. I don't place any credibility with the police on this matter. Soon no person will be able to have any business other than government business because of massive micro-management by city and state officials. This is one of the reasons business has left the country. If necessary; post an officer on the corner overseeing the business. After all, this is what they are paid to do. To have more laws and rules passed so they wont have to do their job wont work it will just make more law breakers where there were none before..

By: freddy on 10/8/12 at 10:10

Eichel is a scab, someone should lock him up. And ask him where Janet March is while they're at it.

By: Jughead on 10/8/12 at 1:39

Paul Eichel was reported to be involved in the disappearance of Perry March. The home where the chick killed herself in the hot tub is owned by James Ferguson per tax records.

A rough and tumble crowd, no doubt.

By: Jughead on 10/8/12 at 1:41

Paul Eichel has been in the club scene for many years in Nashville. I think he spent time in jail for a tax problem.

Nightclub biz ain't for Biff from Belle Mead.

By: Ask01 on 10/8/12 at 4:31

I see, TITAN1. With nothing of substance to contribute, you decide to post some juvenile response.

I cannot say I am surprised given your choice of heroes to worship.

I supose this indicates any adult conversation is finished, not that it ever began on your part.

Suits me as I have better things to do.

By: TITAN1 on 10/8/12 at 7:37

I've already had my say, I don't have to keep repeating it.

By: TITAN1 on 10/9/12 at 7:47

Ask01, one more thing. My choice of heroes to worship is God and his son, Jesus Christ. Nobody else.

By: dangerlover on 10/9/12 at 10:15

Oh wow. You forgot to capitalize 'his.' You're going to hell.

By: nymus on 10/11/12 at 5:54

To the two fellows argung:
Internet is serious business, isn't it? Hahaha
I find it hilarious how people spend so much time arguing their.beliefs on the internet and how little they take action in the physical world comparatively.
To guardiandevil:
Your opinion is invalid and probably as well as any other opinions you have. Stop playing rap music? Really now? Music is a CHOICE something they decide to listen to most usually on how closely it relates to their life or lifestyle. If you live your life the other way around, I feel very sorry for you that you're so easily influenced by a complete strangers words put to music,

Also, I'm a 19 year old that started doing heroin when he was 15, had more than his fair share of ACTUAL ENCOUNTERS with law enforcement and I think they're some of if not the nicest people I've met in nashville, they only want to help me.
So with that in mind, also try not to judge me and let the words nineteenyearoldheroinaddict not inflict assumptions upon your brain, which, they are, as we speak.