Lawsuits filed against troubled Hanover Township bar

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
Brooklyn’s Sports Bar & Lounge in Hanover Township, seen here, was the site of a shooting Dec. 30. A man from Easton who claims he suffered a gunshot wound outside the bar has filed a lawsuit against the tavern in Luzerne County Court. The property’s owner is also alleging that Brooklyn’s breached its lease by not paying rent. -

WILKES-BARRE — It’s double trouble for a troubled Hanover Township bar.

A man from Easton who claims he suffered a gunshot wound outside Brooklyn’s Sports Bar & Lounge filed a lawsuit against the tavern in Luzerne County Court on Thursday, alleging its operators were negligent by not having a safe place to patronize.

Separately the property’s owner, SWMM Investments L.P., recently filed a complaint alleging Brooklyn’s has breached its lease by failing to pay rent, operating a nuisance business and failure to acquire insurance for its business.

The two lawsuits were filed on the heels of criminal proceedings against Brooklyn’s and its two operators, Ta’wanna Monique Brown, 45, of Wilkes-Barre, and her son, Aikeem Tayshawn Rollocks, 31, of Mount Pocono. They are facing public nuisance and nuisance charges filed by state police Liquor Control Enforcement.

Brown and Rollocks formed Brooklyn LLC and began operating the tavern on the Sans Souci Parkway in 2017.

Authorities allege the tavern has been the scene of unlawful alcohol sales, open drug use, loud music, and a shooting that injured two men on Dec. 30, 2018.

One of the men reportedly shot, Jahrod Kearney, filed a three-count lawsuit against Brooklyn LLC and SWMM Investments alleging Brooklyn’s repeatedly served an intoxicated patron who later discharged several rounds from a firearm.

According to the suit, Kearney was a patron at Brooklyn’s when a visibly intoxicated man entered the tavern and was served alcohol. At some point, the intoxicated man caused a disturbance and was removed.

As Kearney exited the tavern at 4:23 a.m. Dec. 30, the intoxicated man was still on the property and discharged several rounds, striking Kearney in the leg.

Immediately after the gunfire, the suit alleges Brooklyn’s operators locked the doors, fled the scene and refused to cooperate with authorities.

The suit claims there is a “well documented history of unlawful activity and violence” at Brooklyn’s, rendering a shooting foreseeable.

Kearney claims he suffered multiple fractures to his leg that required two surgeries and may have suffered permanent injuries.

SWMM Investments alleges in its suit that Brooklyn’s breached its lease. It also says SWMM is owed at least $1,660 in missed rent payments, late fees and canceled check fees.

Brooklyn’s Sports Bar & Lounge in Hanover Township, seen here, was the site of a shooting Dec. 30. A man from Easton who claims he suffered a gunshot wound outside the bar has filed a lawsuit against the tavern in Luzerne County Court. The property’s owner is also alleging that Brooklyn’s breached its lease by not paying rent.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/web1_TTL010519Brooklyn-Bar1.cmyk_-1.jpgBrooklyn’s Sports Bar & Lounge in Hanover Township, seen here, was the site of a shooting Dec. 30. A man from Easton who claims he suffered a gunshot wound outside the bar has filed a lawsuit against the tavern in Luzerne County Court. The property’s owner is also alleging that Brooklyn’s breached its lease by not paying rent.

By Ed Lewis

[email protected]