• Police say DeLand home was operating as a nightclub


    DELAND, Fla. - On Monday a judge temporarily shut down an alleged nightclub that police say was the scene of a deadly shooting in DeLand.

    It was simply a coincidence that the day after a deadly shooting near a house at 403 South Clara Avenue in DeLand, known by locals as "the big house," the city had a hearing in court Monday in its case against the property's owner, Stedroy Maynard.

    "Page after page of complaints of noise, disturbances and the like," said Judge Robert Rouse Jr.

    Rouse pointed out a list of calls for police service to the residence. He also referenced the Sunday shooting.

    Police said a fight at the house on Sunday sparked the incident. The shooting left two people wounded and Jamel Simmons, 24, dead.

    Maynard denied claims that he was running a nightclub. The city showed pictures of bars, pool tables, a change machine, and tip jar. Maynard said those items were for parties. Sometimes, he said, friends invite friends. He said the shooting didn't involve his house.

    "It's down the street from where my residence is at, about four houses down from my house," said Maynard.

    Maynard is no longer allowed to operate a business, sell drinks, or charge admission to parties at his home.

    But there are days that Maynard negotiated with the judge, when he can still have parties. Those days are New Year's Eve, Independence Day, Labor Day and Maynard's birthday, or the weekend after.

    "But all the other limitations about running a business, since it’s not licensed as a business and Mr. Maynard says he intend to and doesn’t run a business, those would apply,” said Rouse.

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