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Councilman 'pushing for action' against two problematic hotels

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two Louisville hotels are hotbeds for drugs, assaults and other disturbing crimes. WDRB scoured through a year's worth of police reports to find out what is happening there, and what the city is doing to fight back.

Councilman Pat Mulvihill is not happy with two hotels in his district, the Economy Inn on Bardstown Road, and the America's Best Inn and Suites, which many drivers pass on I-264 between the Bardstown Road and Newburg Road exits.

At the America's Best Inn and Suites, there were more than 330 police runs between Feb. 11, 2015 and Feb. 11, 2016, the date the information was requested.

"It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous that we're having to make that many runs," said Mulvihill. 

WDRB examined police records involving both businesses. At the America's Best Inn, there were dozens of arrests in one year, including sexual assault and sodomy with a victim under the age of 12 and drug charges involving heroin and cocaine.

"It's my understanding, because they were not coming into compliance with what America's Best had requested, that they will no longer be an America's Best Hotel. I am informed that they have terminated it as of January 16th, but I have no evidence of that because you can still see the (hotel) sign," said Mulvihill.

Managers at the America's Best would not talk on camera about the concerns, but said the hotel is still operating as an America's Best Value Inn and Suites.

Problematic hotels prompted Louisville Metro Council to strengthen the city's nuisance ordinance, and this may be the first time it is used. Councilman David James says LMPD and the Department of Codes and Regulations are setting up a meeting to go over police activity.

"The police department collects the data, and sends it to codes and regulations. Codes and Regulations is then charged with citing the establishment and bringing them into court," said James.

"So if you have 100 rooms, it's five arrests in a 60-day period," explained Mulvihill of the ordinance.

The America's Best had 56 arrests in a one-year time frame. The Economy Inn had 38 arrests, which one of the owners, Jim Yaldo, says is down from recent years. Yaldo, tells WDRB they have spent more than $700,000 trying to clean up the property, and often prompt police runs there themselves by calling when they see criminal activity. The Economy Inn had more than 600 calls for service with LMPD in the one-year time frame. Yaldo says they have 96 security cameras at the location, have a strict policy with guests and have a 24-hour manager on-site.

If a business is cited as a public nuisance, a judge would decide a punishment.

"They're problematic, they know they're problematic, and they're still doing business," said James, of both hotels.

"I'm pushing for action on both hotels," said Mulvihill.

Councilman Mulvihill says it is not clear when and if these two businesses will be cited under the nuisance ordinance.

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