Dallas PD Takes a Walk on the DarkSide and Discovers, Why, That Ain't No Church

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A flier for a DarkSide event at its new location
According to the Dallas City Attorney's Office, a self-proclaimed church near Northwest Highway and Webb Chapel Road is anything but. Says a complaint filed today in advance of a late-afternoon hearing, whatever Glen Hudson says he's operating at 3027 W. Northwest Highway, not far from where all those Bachman Lake-area strip clubs used to undress, is actually a light-night dance club -- and an alleged crime scene filled with a smorgasbord of illegal drugs and grown men having sex with underage girls. Which is why the club's manager -- a man who goes by the moniker Tommy Gunn -- was taken to Lew Sterrett earlier this week and given a $75,000 bond.

In a letter to the city, Hudson claimed he was an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church -- a religious organization that provides online ordination. Hudson claimed that business, as a religious establishment, was exempt from Dallas land use regulations. To which city attorneys said: Um, no.

According to Melissa Miles, deputy chief of code compliance in the CAO, the city was getting plenty of complaints about the place, known as DarkSide After Hours -- which, according to its website, has now "been deemed too krunk to be locked into one location." At which point the Dallas Police Department went undercover and discovered that clubgoers were continuously offered a buffet of drugs including ketamine, LSD, MDMA, Ecstasy, mushrooms, morphine, and marijuana, according to the city's petition for a restraining order limiting the venue's hours of operations. Detectives say they sure as hell didn't observe religious services during any of their four visits, but they did manage to make 15 drug buys.

The petition, which you'll find below, calls the property a "common nuisance, specifically, as a place to which persons habitually go for delivery, possession, or use of a controlled substance." Says Miles, look, don't pretend it's anything other than what it is: "a dance club, a rave." A hearing was scheduled for late this afternoon, when the city will ask a judge to issue a restraining order "on an emergency basis" that will restrict the establishment's hours of operation to daytime periods that Miles says "would be perfectly fine for a church." If this were a church. Which it isn't.

The temporary restraining order would limit the facility's hours to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and would require that people younger than 21 years old be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If the judge grants the city's request, "It will effectively shut them down" as a club, Miles says.

The City Attorney's Office is only handling the civil matters -- the late-night parties without proper zoning permits. But DarkSide, says the DPD, may have had an even darker side: According to the city, Thomas Eppelsheimer (or "Tommy Gunn") was arrested Monday for sexual indecency and performance with a minor. Eppelsheimer allegedly supplied drugs to minor females at the club and "sexually assaulted one or more of them at the property," per the petition that follows.

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ccamacho93
ccamacho93

Gunns seems to be running a bordella :-( sad our children of todays world are taken by this sadness

ccamacho93
ccamacho93

Tommy gunns seems like he had a olden day bordella ..crazy world we live in to that all our youngens turn to this kind of retreat :-(

wrw22
wrw22

"sexual indecency and performance with a minor"?  Sounds like a church to me

Dragonspy40
Dragonspy40

This is just BS since they are a church not a freakin club. What they do in the place is their business not ofthe government and it's already stated that the government can not have anything to do with the church. Its call separation of church and state. And who is to say the police just wanted to get rid of the place because of people complaining. Who is to say that they aren't lying since they are the police and they do have lots of stocked pile of drugs in the recording department. I still say that this case should be just dismissed and all of us just stand up and petition for it to be able to continue.

Sfeldt93
Sfeldt93

Hey I know Tommy and I go to DarkSide all the time and he's never tried anything with me, he's a good guy occassionally.

Hollywooder13
Hollywooder13

WTF! Who the hell between the age of 18 and 21 is going to have a gaurdian with them. The law enforcements are stupid fucks

Dazzlingmoonlight
Dazzlingmoonlight

Wow, I can't believe that people are trying to JUSTIFY this place.

Everetth1227r
Everetth1227r

its a cool place and all, but have you guys even been there? its really really not a church, i know these guys personaly, and while i dont associate with them, i can tell you right now. it is not, never will be, or ever was intended by anyone to be a curch or religious place. it is exactly  what the cops busted it for a drug zone from hell. idk about all the molestation charges though. in my opinion they are trying to pin everything to see what sticks.

countrygal
countrygal

im 18, ive never been to a "RAVE" or any club other than billy bobs or cowboys arlington. I had "friends" who went there I personally had to pick them up, because they where to fucked up to drive. these kids my age and younger doing drugs is ridiculous. && im pretty sure your local church doesnt hand out "X" at the door. --They should be shut down for posing as a church, thats wrong. If they were not handing bibles out or having a sermon IT IS NOT A CHURCH! --&& furthermore if it is a so called "church" they are worshiping someone else other than Jesus Christ.Thats my two since on this subject(:

Nathiest
Nathiest

Totally can't wait to goto The Darkside! The place sounds sick!

Mobgripsgood1
Mobgripsgood1

You don't need to shut down darkside. What you need to get rid of the ppl that make the rave scene look bad.Like Tommy 40 year old doing 17 year old girls. And make sure that they check ID's it's sad to see a 13 year old girl there.

Bumblebee
Bumblebee

Hmm... You seem to have a good head on your shoulders, and I commend you for thinking outside of the box. Don't take this the wrong way or as an attack, but being 19would mean that you've been going for only a year at the most. I'm in no position to degrade the impact or validity of anyone's bonds or experiences, but there are even still more parts to this than even you know. I'm replying only on the situation of the venue and how it got to the point that it's at. I'm glad you found a place that makes you feel even more socially connected. For me, The Lizard Lounge (back when it was still good) was that way for me. It was my second home and location of happiness. Each person will have something like that for them. The downfall here is the simple fact that even within that one year of it's operation, too much happened. There weren't enough boundaries and there were far too many guests that had negative intent and ambitions that purposely went unchecked. Sure ppl meet, congregate, form bonds and generally care for each other, but it got to the point where little clicks were forming like miniature party scene gangs.

Bigmac Tony
Bigmac Tony

Like I said before... Garbage culture for garbage people

Thebestadviceevr
Thebestadviceevr

 Charlie Do you now see why I did that , do you really think im going to allow you to get cayla , shawn (who is a father now) , santos , ariel (who with just one more problem with the law gets put away forever) , shay , or yourself  busted selling , methadrone as molly (same charge BTW, just FYI)? And it should be who the hell knows what it does one overdose and your alI toast ! I didn't have to make sure it got to the club owner  so soon you know !  I know you think you are real slick and the cops wont know but your wrong they will seen it a million times over twenty years , all I was waiting for is for you to get off probation but you could'nt even wait for that could you, gotta "takeover" ! Like you haven't stolen from me a half dozen times and been forgiven when your drug addiction "takesover" , are you really a glass d--k sucker ? We all relaspe chuck but its not how many times you strike out, its how many times you get back up to bat ! Babe ruth had more home runs then anyone......but more at bats and strike outs then anyone too !  You will be a great promoter if and I mean if you can just stop being instutionalized and allowing them to convince you that you are just a prisoners number. I know you want to be the man so bad and id like to see it because I know down inside you are really not the kind of guy that will continue to use a little girl to do something so damn stupid. If you will just wait until september when you are off probation , stay sober , stop dealing , and never again try to steal my girl by telling my girlfriend BS about me then.......... I will help you. But you have to stop and wait , charlie always told you , you're like a second son to me , dont you dare let me down after all the stuff ive done for you , I beleave in plur but if you keep putting people I care about or the scene that I have fought for twenty years now , that stopped so many kids from joing gangs, useing meth or herion , or getting shot or stabbed or drugged and assulted at house parties , I will take you out !!!!!! .......... the last r in plur is just as important as the previous three.......... They know charlie .... and this isnt about beating the system, no one does :-/ work within it , cops have kids too .... like any parents they want their kids to be safe , I expect an answer soon or you leave me no choice..... you've got a few days...................... I'll keep you in my prayers reguardless of what you decide.

CraftsmanDave
CraftsmanDave

Sure it's a church. The 1st order of the gettin ur dope and underage sex on church of pedifiles and dopers.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

Uh I'm uh gonna raise a fuss , I'm uh gonna raise a hollerAbout uh workin' all summer just to try the eart a dollarWell ev'ry time I call my baby try to get a dateMy boss says " no dice son ya gotta work late"Sometimes I wonder what I'm uh gonna doBut there ain't no cure for the summertimes bluesWell my mom and papa told me son ya gotta earn some moneyUh if ya wanna use the car to go a ridin' next sundayA well I didn't go to work told the boss I was sickNow ya can't use the car 'cause ya didn't work a lickSometimes I wonder what I'm uh gonna doI'm gonna take two weeks gonna have a fine vacationI'm gonna take my problems to the United NationsWell I called my congress man and he told quote" I'd like to help ya son but you're too young to vote "Sometimes I wonder what I'm uh goona doBut there ain't no cure for the summertimes blues

Mcred2
Mcred2

Dark side was the shit FTP all day

Leonard Smith54
Leonard Smith54

darkside is a great place and they really do help troubled teens.

LateRave
LateRave

Screw dallas pd, messing with us ravers. 

Snhsj
Snhsj

and since when would someone have to pay to enter a church service?

Elegantek
Elegantek

Its full of underage chicks looking for free drugs by sucking a dick or two . Sweaty ugly guys lurking for minors . Its NOT a fun place for MATURE ADULTS.  Plus, was wack the last few times anyways . GAG. about time . Family my fucking ass . Hahaha

Evan
Evan

loving these arguments - "it's not a club, it's definitely a church!! and as far as drugs go, they're in every club!!" 

ilovemolly
ilovemolly

P.L.U.R is a load of bullshit, everybody goes to the club to get fucked up and dance, if you can honestly sit in a club at four in the morning and listen to that noise pollution they call music sober, good for you. But the guy is a complete moron for saying it was church, Darkside did have something called prayer when their about to close, but I always left. 

Scer_Crow
Scer_Crow

If they shut down Darkside, another place will rise in its stead. At least give young people Darkside, which is more or less a "safe" environment to get their wild side out. If not, then young people find another way... a much more dangerous way. At least at "official raves" they have EMT's standing by; ever been to an underground? No security, and at least 1 person overdoses every time.

Take the lead from California, and leave your private citizens alone!

Matt
Matt

Key points -1. Every club has drugs. Drugs come in all shapes and sizes. TV tends to have negative affects on people. Sitting and eating a big mac from McDonalds can ultimately kill you or make you fat. Some people skydive on a daily basis. Your body is meant to adapt. Everything can be considered a drug by definition.

2. There is scripture posted on the walls, and yes, there is a reverend and at one point multiple ordained ministers that worked there.

3. Many people did have religious experiences of all sorts at this location. Furthermore,  the folks that run the city have no right to claim what a religious institution is and isn't.

4. Other churches or religious institutes go on missions, ski trips, lock-ins, etc, as did members of Darkside. This means they operate outside of "daylight hours." This, once again, is not up to the city to determine, so sorry, the city has no right to enforce this.

5. The name of the institution makes no difference. Anyone expressing concern or an opinion about the name can be considered racists or expressing a form of religious intolerance. Simply put, worshipers at the church of Christ complain about people who attend the baptist church or an Islamic mosque. You may have a problem with what it's called or what is taught there, but to bad, you can't do a damn thing about it nor can the city as protected by the constitution.

6. As for the drugs, there has been a recent banning of many members, and even employees, from the property due to this problem. Anyone known to sell or supply drugs WAS removed.

7. Drugs appear in all clubs, at all hours. You do your best to stop random people from bringing them in by searching them. This was done with pat downs, bag checks and more. However the security at Darkside is NOT TSA... there are places on the human body where substances can be hid and not found, so it is impossible to stop all activity.

8. The claims and accusations against Tommy Gunn are simply claims and accusations, and how convenient they appear to be for the city...

9.   @  the issue of operating hours and permits. Apparently there is a law or ordinance passed that says people cannot dance after 4:00am, or something along those lines. This is bs, and yes, as a religious facility, and dance being an expression of freedom of religion, we danced. This makes perfect sense. 10. For thousands of years, humans took part in spiritual experiences that involved mind alteration, ritual dancing and music, plus a great feeling of togetherness. For some random officer or infrequent attendee to Darkside, this might not have been prevalent, but to many, it was. This club falls nothing short of what any other institution has to offer to members that get involved, just like any other church.

The city of Dallas does not have the right to determine the status of the institution. There are no parameters for religious practice, im sorry. People will attend events like this no matter where they happen. If the city is so concerned, why not do something to help other than violate so many federal laws and humans rights.

Mmmkay
Mmmkay

So, if you're not a heroin addict, this place is for scum sucking derelict child abusers. But if you're an H head, it's all good. Got it.

annoyed
annoyed

leave the kids alone. or how about dallas shut down all of the clubs? because what is being said about this one is true for most of the clubs.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Apparently today's theme is "tl;dr".

Steve
Steve

Jesus, people! Mix in some bullet points.  

Nobody is reading your "passionate" long-ass run-on posts.

director21
director21

@countrygal Well, I hate to be the one to break it to your dogmatic self, but not every church is based upon Jesus H. Christ! And, you do not get to decide whose religious beliefs are right or wrong. Your right to make that decision is limited to making it for  yourself exclusively.


just what country are you from, countrygal?

Nathiest
Nathiest

17 is legal in Texas..... isn't it? meh too young either way. I totally agree with you.

Keepingitreal
Keepingitreal

Yea and your culture isn't garbage at all networks dont mind takeing money from calvin klien for exploiting under age kids in sickening ads , the mainstreme media doesn't point out that massive amounts of drugs are sold at topless clubs which stay open afterhours and allow the "rave" scene in after. Do you want your kid at the topless club at five am or in a club that atleast calls it self a church ? I dont know ? This is the same mainstreme media that blast out music lauding the merits of being a drug dealer "balling" hanging with your fellow gang members or being a "hoe" to those guys , all I can tell you is that kids are going out you cant stop it , they are either at a club with a cop at the door or a house party getting beaten , drugged , assulted , or initiated into a gang. Isnt bob johnson the ceo of black entertainment television friend of and investment partner of george bush in the caryle group ? And the carlyle group and haliburton are the primary owners of the private prision system that locks up these same young people suckered in to the very same "dope slanging, gang banging" life style they promote with the average 17 year old haveing seen 17,000 simulated murders on the networks they own. You have the garbage culture sir and before you tell us to clean our house........ you better clean up yours...... or should I say ours.... youre lucky if your kid becomes a raver until he or she grows out of it , the rave scene is the anti-violence antidote to your garbage culture at least our motto is peace , love , unity and respect whats the mainstreme medias motto , poverty , death , destruction , inequality , cast systems , addictions , murder and any mayhem to keep people divided and conqured. Turn off fox news and crack a book or something ! or just put a big mac in it and shut up..... like a heart attack billion calaorie burger and edible polymer aka "plastic" shake is gonna help you..... That's why there is a real symble on dairy products by the way......... our culture has a real symbole yours is plastic !!!!!!

IgnorantfoxFk
IgnorantfoxFk

wow another ignorant fox news listener strikes.......lol but its ok to obstruct an offical investigation to catch a murdering peadophile in England to sell more newspapers right rupert murdock lover , are you a republican , libertarian or tea party guy just wondering since all you closed minded idiots can do is repeat propaganda....... no original thoughts no gray just black and white...... and you are always white....oops I mean right !

Sammy
Sammy

TOMMY GUNN is no longer affliated with DARKSIDE!!! I just read it on Facebook....He got the boot!

Blllaaaa
Blllaaaa

never been to one and not got a collection plate and expecting looks have you ?

Matt
Matt

I'm honestly not trying to defend the place. The PLUR thing IS a load of crap. The peace, love, unity and respect is something every idiotic human should have for one another in the first place, without it being preached or stupidly repeated. There will always be people that have those characteristic as well as those who wont.

From my experience and attendance at Darkside, I guess you can say, I saw the lighter side. I know and worked with employees/dj's plus Tommy and the "family" that you would see in any sort of institution that exists. Most clubs are like this, with two sides i guess you could say, and it's not necessarily the clubs fault, but some of the people that attend, which as I stated, are impossibe to completely sift out. With drugs and apparently untrustworthy child molesting club owners being the top two issues here... it would be nice for the city of Dallas to perhaps open it's own facility where people can safely join with friends and dance, drug and molester free! I'd go. and you can bet it raises one hell of a revenue. I don't see that happening though.

This would leave one to view the above article and statements about Darkside as incredibly biased. I'm more concerned about the bs journalism and attempts to enforce unconstitutional laws and rules that would directly affect many people. Where exactly would they rather these people and kids go instead? You can't stop the drug use. It's a proven fact that the simple act of fighting drugs directly stimulates circulation. Creepers are everywhere, not just at Darkside. Good job to you guys for bashing one club. You still have hundreds more to bitch about.

Continue bitching.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Here's a hint:  When your flyer advertises "Girls in gogo & bikinis get $5 off entry", you can make all of the justifications in the world and no one will believe you.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

Well, if that's not a church, I don't know what is.

frankjames
frankjames

What a moron. At best these guys are picking your pocket while you're there, and picking all of our pockets by avoiding taxes through what any dumbass can see is a fraudulent tax exemption ploy.

Sammy
Sammy

Darkside is an event/place, not a PERSON. Family is what you make of it and there are plenty of people who have no family and realized the GOOD in what DARKSIDE is trying to do. Although, they are untraditionally finding the gate to get young people on a good path there will always be the ones that dont follow that path.No one ever said it was a church, it is a spirtual organization that doesnt conform itself to one said religion. You have to find a way to get people in on they own turf, then enlighten them with family, fun and knowledge and the TRUTH. Realizing then they are doing the same thing that they were doing at these other clubs but in a SOBER and SAFE environment. They do all they can to keep all the badd things and people out but they need the help of the FAMILY too! If everyone started BELIEVING in what this place is trying to offer then maybe, just myabe the efforts would be apparant!

Guest
Guest

You've obviously not seen the new First Baptist flyers.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

You obviously have not seen 1st baptist new arena

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

"Nuns in next to nothing!  No cover if you can quote a bible verse!"

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