installs metal detector
As part of its stepped-up
security, a North Main Street nightclub has installed a
walk-through metal detector to screen its patrons for
Tad Bonvie, owner of The Vault
Room at 326 N. Main St., outlined the new security
measures in a letter to selectmen requesting a
postponement of a disciplinary hearing for the
nightclub. The board Monday night agreed to continue the
hearing until June 9 because Bonvie’s attorney is out of
In addition to the metal detector,
the club has agreed to increase the number of police
officers on paid details from two to four, install
security cameras, reduce its capacity by 10 percent to
350 and halt alcohol sales at 1:20 a.m.
Police Chief Paul Porter requested
the disciplinary hearing after two disturbances at the
club that required calling in officers from other
departments and the State Police.
“Both of these calls were violent
in nature and required mutual aid from other
communities,” Porter wrote in a letter to the selectmen
requesting the hearing.
A Randolph man was stabbed when a
fight broke out in the club March 30. No arrest has been
On Feb. 18, a fight among a group
of women resulted in one arrest during the club’s
Selectmen Chairman Paul Connors
said he and Porter met with Bonvie earlier this month to
discuss security at the nightclub.
“We wanted to see some steps taken
to make sure the matter has been addressed,” Connors
Added Selectman James Burgess, “I
don’t think any of us has been comfortable with what’s
been going on” at the club.
Porter, who did not attend
Monday’s selectmen’s meeting, said incidents like the
ones at The Vault Room “threaten the public safety,” not
only of the town, but in nearby communities whose
officers are sent to Randolph.
In both cases, all available
Randolph police officers, as well as those on private
details, went to the club. Officers from Avon,
Braintree, Holbrook, Milton and State Police responded
to one or both incidents.
Two police officers were working
paid details inside the club at the time of both
The Vault Room opened at the site
of the former Copa Grande Oasis. Bonvie had operated the
Copa Grande for about a decade.
A fatal shooting took place in the
club’s parking lot Jan. 30, 2005.
The suspect in the shooting,
Carlos DePina, 28, is still at large and is believed to
have fled to his native Cape Verde. Two men who were
charged with helping DePina flee the scene were
acquitted by a jury after a 2006 trial in Norfolk
The selectmen can take
disciplinary action against the club’s liquor, food and
entertainment licenses, such as suspending them for a
period of time or imposing an earlier closing time.