INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A hotel sweep led by the Department of Code Enforcement Thursday was the largest ever in the city of Indianapolis.
The department participated along with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, multiple fire departments including Indianapolis Fire, and even health inspectors.
They conducted inspections on about 20 hotels across the city, that had been identified as possible "nuisance" hotels.
Inspectors ended up citing many of the hotels with not only code violations, but also fire and health violations.
The Country Hearth Inn and Suites near 21st Street and Post Road on the city's east side was one of the worst they've seen, said Adam Baker, spokesman for the Department of Code Enforcement.
The Marion County Health Department opened and closed five cases at the hotel in the last two years. So far, in 2013, there have been 100 police runs to the hotel.
The hotel's business license expired in July.
“This doesn’t sound like me; I always pay my bills,” said Nasir Talukder, the General Manager at the Country Hearth Inn and Suites.
Baker says his department sends out reminder letters and postcards.
Fire inspectors found 20 violations.
We also asked the manager about bedbugs.
“We do take care of that problem, with an in-house treatment process,” said Talukder.
The Marion County Bed Bug Inspector Larry Lobdell found an infestation in at least one of the occupied rooms.
“We’ve been trying to get out; it’s hard when you’re paying every week like that,” said Cecily Clayton, whose family has been living in that room for the last 17 months.
Lobdell said this was one of the worst cases he's seen. He and code inspectors told Talukder he has a responsibility to put his guests in a room without bedbugs. They say they’ll be following up with him.
IMPD also went through the hotel’s guest registry, to make sure no one was staying at the hotel with an outstanding warrant. When attempting to locate a guest with a warrant, police found a visitor in possession of marijuana and nearly $900 in cash. There also was a pistol in the room. Police say the 26-year-old could face felony charges.
“Situations like this allow us to get in, find out where the problems are, and attack them,” said Adam Baker, spokesperson for the Department of Code Enforcement. “We're going to go after negligent property owners, whether they're hotels, apartment complexes, or individual residences. We're not going to allow these type of situations to hamper this beautiful city we live in.”
A travel advisory put in place for Wayne County has been extended.
Concerns from residents could prompt Columbus public safety officials to keep a closer watch on parts of the city.
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