Nuisance havens under investigation for closure





Police say this motel on Corunna Road has long been a trouble spot and is where five people were arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Grand Blanc woman at a nearby gas station on March 4.

Police say this motel on Corunna Road has long been a trouble spot and is where five people were arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Grand Blanc woman at a nearby gas station on March 4.

FLINT TWP. —Alleged trouble spots like a Corunna Road motel linked to the March 4 carjacking/shooting death of Leslie Mills, 55, of Grand Blanc, may be padlocked under a nuisance law, Prosecutor David Leyton, said at a press conference last week, where he announced charges against four people.

Mills blood-spattered car was found by police at the Economy Motel, 4186 Corunna Rd., a few blocks west of the Mobil One gas station where she was shot to death at about 9 p.m. on a Sunday night.

Charged in the slaying are Matthew Allen Riselay, 19, of Flint Township; Nancy Edna Johnson, 32, of Davison; James Lee Horn, 20, of Flint and Phillip Michael Eason, 21 of Mt. Morris.

Riselay and Johnson, were identified as the shooters in Mills death and Eason and Horn as accomplices.

Johnson, Horn, Eason and two other people were arrested at the motel the morning after the shooting and Riselay, whose address is in a trailer park adjacent to the motel, was arrested Monday evening.

Police allege Johnson drove the car to the motel after she and Riselay shot Mills four times inside the car and pushed her body out onto the pavement at the gas station.

“Flint Township police, through excellent investigation, were able to locate the car,’’ Leyton said.

Police had set up surveillance when Horn was observed coming out of a motel room and began wiping down Mills’ car in what was believed to be an effort to remove his fingerprints and blood.

“A Flint Township detective had earlier approached the vehicle and saw that it was just chock full of blood and realized that yes indeed we have the right car involved in this terribly heinous crime,’’ Leyton said.

Early Monday morning, police observed a white van driven by a lone female, arrive at the motel to pick up suspects Horn, Eason and Johnson. All were arrested at that time.

Police allege that Horn was using the motel to deal drugs and Johnson was using it to solicit prostitution, Leyton said, adding he and Flint Township Police Chief George Sippert have discussed resolutions to ongoing problems at the motel.

“We are going to investigate what is going on in that motel and others throughout the county because if these are havens for this type of activity that result in violent crime, it is incumbent on all law enforcement to try to do something about that,’’ Leyton said.

A public nuisance law has been used in the past to padlock such locations, he said, citing the example of the derelict Fisher Hotel on Flint’s south side.

“We are going to step up our actions in the public nuisance area and try to padlock some of these facilities so we can stop crime from festering and then bleeding out and taking the lives of innocent individuals,’’ Leyton said.

Chief Sippert said he could not give a timetable for when such a crackdown might begin.


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