Visions Night Club owner responds to accusations of crime problem

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- Tom Reichenberger, the owner of Visions Night Club, pushed back on Monday against accusations that the club has a crime problem.

Reichenberger said any increase in crime in the area is because of changes to the neighborhood and not the club.

"Look at this block, you’ve got vacant homes," he said. "You’ve got a 24 hour Kwik Trip that I believe are the cause of most police calls."

Last week, it was revealed that the club was suing Madison Alder David Ahrens for libel and slander after he said the club had been a source of many problems.

Ahrens is also working to revoke the club’s liquor license after four people were injured in a shooting and stabbing on Dec. 9.

"It’s unfortunate that this license hasn’t been under greater scrutiny before, but that’s in the past," Ahrens said. "What we need to do now is move forward and I hope the Alcohol License Review Commission takes this seriously and begins the process as soon as possible."

Ahrens also said he thinks the lawsuit is an effort to silence the public and stop his petition to revoke the club's liquor license.

"It has nothing to do with the truth of what has been said, it is to silence public attempt to shut this place down. Hundreds of people have petitioned for this place to lose its liquor license, and they want to throw a blanket on that to shut people up," Ahrens said.

At the press conference on Monday, Reichenberger addressed Ahrens directly about the alder's statements.

"That’s rotten that you said that. You have no basis for that. You lump police calls on this whole north side and you relay it to Visions because that’s the easy answer, go after Visions," Reichenberger said.

Reichenberger also emphasized that the club has tightened security since the Dec. 9 shooting.

"Visions will stay here, we’ll be a nice little club and we’ve got even more security, we wand at the door, there’ll never be another shooting in here," he said.