State files suit to shut down pool hall

BRIDGEPORT – The state’s top prosecutor filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to shut down an East End pool hall that has been the scene of major criminal activity for the past six years.

Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane filed the suit to shut down L&A Billiards, at 1506 Stratford Ave., under the state’s nuisance abatement law.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis scheduled a hearing on the suit for April 8.

“We fully support the efforts of the state’s attorney to shut down the operations of this club,” said Deputy City Attorney Arthur Laske III. “The record of criminal activity at the location clearly supports the effort and hopefully the court will shut down this location which will be a benefit to the community.”

A March 2011 shooting in the pool hall that killed Carlos Broadnax and wounded two other people sparked a rally in April 2012 that was attended by more than 100 people demanding the pool hall be shut down. But despite efforts by city officials to pull the hall’s billiards license and cite its owners for health violations, the location has continued to remain open and is now a social club.

Daniel Tepfer