Prosecutor aims to padlock nuisance hotel

FLINT TWP. — Police records show at least 40 incidents have occurred since January 1, 2013, at the Hometown Inn, 3277 Miller Road but last month’s January 23  shooting of a police officer was the “straw that broke the camel’s back,’’ said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.
At a press conference Thursday, Leyton announced that his office aims to padlock the hotel for at least a year, under a Complaint for the Abatement of Statutory Nuisances. The legal complaint, filed in 67th District Court,  cites Inn owners and managers and documents numerous instances of prostitution, armed violence, domestic violence and narcotics activity.
Leyton said his office has obtained a temporary restraining order from 67th District Court Judge David Goggins, barring further business at the motel prior to a court hearing scheduled for March 9 seeking a permanent injunction  to shut it down. The temporary order prevents hotel operators from accepting more customers before the hearing.
Flint Township Police Chief George Sippert and Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell also spoke at the press conference.
Chief Sippert recounted events leading to the Jan. 23 shooting at the motel that  resulted in serious injuries to both Officer Michael David Schuyler and the suspect, who was staying at the motel.
Leyton has charged 18 counts against  Christopher Aaron Washington, 55.
Pickell said his office will take charge of padlocking the 119-room motel following the March 9 court hearing and also will assist residents in relocating. Leyton said that currently about 35 people are living there.

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