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Two J's Bar Under Emergency Suspension

Two J’s bar in Utica was shut down Tuesday. The controversial night-spot has been the scene of two murders and numerous complaints. The most recent incident is the murder of 23-year-old Andre Oliver-Kenney ten days ago.
Two J’s bar in Utica was shut down Tuesday. The controversial night-spot has been the scene of two murders and numerous complaints. The most recent incident is the murder of 23-year-old Andre Oliver-Kenney ten days ago.
In a statement late Tuesday afternoon the State Liquor Authority (SLA) announced it was stepping-in and issuing an emergency suspension of the bar's liquor license.
The recent death of Oliver-Kenney is not the first shooting incident at Two J’s. Now, the state is taking action and Two J's is under an emergency suspension. The SLA board met in Albany and the suspension was issued Tuesday afternoon.
The news is spreading around the city and there’s one woman in particular who couldn't be happier to see the bar shut down.
"I’m very happy, I’m so happy, so therefore no one else can get hurt because they didn't have the right establishment, they didn't have enough security," says Dawn Kenney-Brown, the mother of murder victim Andre Oliver-Kenney.
Kenney-Brown lost her son, Andre 10 days ago. He was found beaten and shot to death outside Two J's bar. The SLA responded by charging the bar with four violations.
But Andre’s death is not the first to happen outside of Two J's.
“That place has been having problems for years, they should've been shut down and I’m so sorry that it took the life of my son for people to finally realize it needs to be shut down,” said Kenney-Brown.
Some, but certainly not all, of the gun violence and drug issues centered out of Two J's in the recent past include gun shots reported New Year's Eve and a month earlier Two J's was charged with becoming a focal point for police attention. The bar was also fined five thousand dollars in 2013 and six thousand in 2010 by the SLA for inadequate supervision and other related charges.
Kenney-Brown and her family are still mourning the death of their beloved Andre but say this is a silver lining amongst a dark, dark cloud.
"Nobody else will be able to get hurt there, so I’m thankful about that and I’m just thankful that the state stepped in,” says Kenney-Brown.
The Utica Police Department declined to comment on the emergency suspension. Eyewitness News also reached out to the owner of Two J's bar but he was not available for comment either.

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