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City Shuts Down Troubled East Side Motel

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The City of Columbus yesterday closed an east side motel that authorities say is a public nuisance. The City Attorney’s Office says 321 police and fire runs were made in the last two years at the Super 8 motel on Brice Road. Authorities also note dozens of drug and prostitution arrests were made there. Hotel owner Pramod Patel of Delaware says he can't monitor the activities of his guests, and he always cooperates with police investigating such activities.  

A court order requires the hotel to be closed for a year. Patel may appeal. A Franklin County Environmental Court judge will hold a hearing on May 31.