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City turns up the heat on Aurora motels

By master · August 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

After years of criminal activity in and around five Aurora Ave motels, the city has had enough.  According to a release from the Mayor’s Office on Tuesday, there were more than 460 calls for police help in 2008 alone.  Confiscating significant amounts of drugs and drug paraphernalia have become routine for officers, and public safety is a major concern. 

Last week, the City Attorney’s Office filed 152 criminal charges for tax violations against the operators of the motels, all run by Dean and Jill Inman.  They are also behind in utility payments.  Notices were sent out earlier this week that electricity service would be cut off to the motels if payment wasn’t made.  The city has also initiated action to revoke the business licenses of the motels if they fail to pay up their taxes. 

The five properties include the Wallingford Inn, Fremont Inn, Isabella Motel, Italia Motel, and Seattle Motor Inn. 

You can read more about the city’s actions here

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ApplesandBananas // Aug 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    It's about time…A friend of mine lives very near these motels. We were just discussing how blatant the dealing and prostitution is and how we have never seen 1 person get busted. We have seen people shooting up in the alley, prostitutes changing clothes in carports, Johns picking up their tricks, not to mention countless drug deals. It's about time some action is being taken.

    In the mean time here's a hint for the police: People will pull up in their car a block off Aurora, their car alarm will “accidently” go off approx. 3 times, a phone call will be made, the individual leaves for 2 minutes, returns to their car and drives off…Yep it happens multiple times throughout the day.

  • 2 Name // Sep 1, 2009 at 7:48 am

    hard to believe it has taken this long. how dare we let the owners get behind in payments of utilities and just let it go? how sweet for them. Do drug deals all day and never pay..

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