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Several of the Liberty Motel’s neighbors said they would prefer it if the motel would be condemned.
Living next to the motel is “nerve-wracking,” nearby resident Greg Fuduloff said. “You don’t know what the heck the night is going to bring.”
Fuduloff said that he and his neighbors have had motel visitors knock on their doors at all hours of the night, asking for money or cigarettes. Neighbors passed petitions last summer asking to close the Liberty Motel, he said.
“The community here has been trying to get this place shut down for 20 years,” he said. “It shouldn’t be here. It’s been here long enough.”
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Harrison Twp. Administrator Kris McClintick said that Liberty Motel operated legally for many years, but over the past five years the township has been looking into classifying it as a nuisance.
“We at Harrison Twp., we try to treat every business fairly,” McClintick said. “When you have a business that gets the kind of calls that that business gets, then we do look into those claims.”
McClintick said that despite the number of police calls regarding the hotel, Harrison Twp. has not been able to submit enough evidence for the Montgomery County prosecutor to proceed with the nuisance charge.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has received 489 calls regarding the Liberty Motel in the 541 days since the start of 2018. Most of those calls relate to complaints about drugs or suspicious people.
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“(It’s) far more than any other hotel we deal with in any of our policing areas,” said Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Haines, noting that number doesn’t include calls from neighbors complaining about the nearby activities of motel guests.
Most arrests are for “drug charges, overdoses, rapes,” Haines said. “We recover a lot of stolen vehicles out there.”
Jassal said that deputies’ visits to Liberty Motel are often unwarranted.
“There is no reason for the sheriffs to be here. There is no illegal activity going on here,” Jassal said.
When deputies show up at the motel, they run the license plates of guests and arrest them for previous violations, Jassal said, not for crimes that take place at the business.
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The Dayton Daily News has previously reported on an assault at Liberty Motel in 2016, and a 2017 case where a man was found with a stab wound in the motel’s parking lot.
Jassal said that both he and his customers have been the targets of unfair practices by Harrison Twp. leaders.
“I am being harassed and I am being discriminated against because of my nationality,” Jassal said.
Haines said Jassal’s statement is “outrageous and an unfair characterization of what’s really happening. Nobody is harassing anybody out there.”
“I think the number of calls for service speak for themselves,” Haines said.