SE Memphis gas station declared public nuisance - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

SE Memphis gas station declared public nuisance

Posted: Updated:
  • SE Memphis gas station declared public nuisanceMore>>

  • Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Friday, October 4 2013 3:43 PM EDT2013-10-04 19:43:45 GMT
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below
SOUTHEAST MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Knight Arnold Food and Fuel, a southeast Memphis service station, was shut down by the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office until Monday, Oct. 14, and declared it a public nuisance because of assorted criminal activity, illegal drug deals, and gang activity.

Neighbors in the Fox Meadows Neighborhood Association are hailing the move and they say this is just the start in their fight against gangs.

READ: Court-ordered closing order against Knight Arnold Food and Fuel

Fox Meadows neighbors have been working with District Attorney General Amy Weirich's office and Memphis Police investigators.

Some of the drivers looking to fill up Thursday at the BP station at the intersection of Knight Arnold and South Mendenhall didn't notice the signs announcing the business had been shut down.

"Well, if it's a nuisance in the neighborhood tThey need to shut it down," said Andre Robinson. "I'm all for it. I mean if it's anything negative that comes about then they need to shut it down."

The Shelby County District Attorney's Office and the Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit were investigating the business. Neighbors had complained about the drugs and crime and authorities determined the Knight Arnold Food and Fuel station posed a nuisance.

"It starts within your community so if, if you can't clean up your community and you don't take a stand for it who will?," said Elizabeth Wesly.

The temporary restraining order issued by Shelby County Environmental Court was posted on the door. The DA's office said the location has a history of aggravated assaults, drug dealing, and robberies.

"I saw a lady get her purse snatched right at the pump," said Dorothy Starks.

Police detectives had the place under surveillance they say they observed drug deals. People who live in the area say it was happening right out in the open.

"They are open about the drug dealing," Starks said. "They don't mind you seeing them. They're not afraid."

Prosecutors call the area an intersection of gang territory for the Avalon Crips and The Vicelords.

Residents who live near the service station hope the closure sends a message to the gangs and hope this is just the start of a fight against crime and violence here.

"It's just, it's just, it has gotten out of hand," Starks said. "So I'm glad to see it happen."

The business owner was unavailable for comment. He is expected in environmental court Monday where he can challenge this temporary restraining order.

Click here to leave a comment on our Facebook page
Click here to comment on our Twitter

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices