The Harding Inn, located at 350 Harding Place, was declared a public nuisance and shut down by a Nashville court.
Judge Steve Dozier’s order allows the motel’s rented rooms to be padlocked. The owners of the motel, John J. Yoon and Susie M. Yoon of Manchester, Tenn., and its managers, Keith Lewis, Adrian Slaton and Chris Howard, are not allowed to enter the property until a hearing is held Friday morning. However, no one has been charged.
Police said they have responded to about 300 incidents at the motel during the past year.
Officers said the owners of the motel used the facility as a place to sell drugs and allow prostitution.
Nearby businesses have complained to police about the motel’s negative impact on the area.
“Business owners and their customers, including those who workout at the nearby YMCA, are understandably fed up, and it’s time to send the message that enough is enough,” said Chief Steve Anderson in a news release. “If hundreds of police responses, arrests and warnings to the ownership won’t work, I believe today’s extreme action will.”
District Attorney Torry Johnson said the padlocking order is rare. Since 1997, only five motels in Nashville have faced nuisance proceedings.
Copper thieves sell on the internet http://www.privateofficer.com
Last month a law went into effect that requires all metal dealers in Tennessee to not only register with the state, but sellers have to also leave a thumbprint and show photo identification.
In addition, companies no longer are allowed to buy from people with felony theft and burglary convictions.
As a result, police for a while saw a big drop in the number of people stealing air-condition coils and catalytic converters.
“We have people popping up, acting as middle men,” said Metro police Lt. Danny Driskell.
Dealers and some thieves are heading to Craigslist and other Web sites to do business. Search for “copper” on the site, and there are lists of people looking to buy and sell metals, offering cash on the spot for scraps.
However, part of the law requires that most dealers pay their customers by check or voucher.
Police said not only is what the thieves doing illegal, they are also hurting businesses that are following the law.
Authorities have busted several of the online dealers through undercover buys, but as more are popping up, they’ll be ready to put a dent in this dirty work.
“We’re going to arrest them, and prosecute them to the max of the law,” said Driskell.
Metro police said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is working with them and other counties by setting up stings to bust the illegal dealers.
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Nashville’s streets were made a little safer, thanks to the crackdown Metro Police supervisors said..
Over the weekend, officers arrested 81 people as part of an anti-gang initiative called Operation Safer Streets. Police also seized drugs and cash.
At least three times a week, patrol officers partner with the Special Investigations Division to help combat gang crime and activities.
So far this year, the operation has netted more than a thousand arrests.
Police officials say that they are fighting the increasing numbers of those who associate themselves with gangs. Gang crimes and violence have both been up over the past few years but Metro Police vow to attack the problem head on.
Chief Serpas said that he will continue to make sure that Nashvillians can walk down the streets of the city without the fear of gangs, shootings or drugs.
One police official said that they have more operations planned and that anyone tied to a gang could easily find themselves locked up soon.
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A Memphis man has been arrested and charged with the 1975 murder of a Vanderbilt student, Nashville police announced yesterday.
Nashville Police say they developed new scientific evidence over the past few months that linked 60-year-old Jerome Sydney Barrett to the crime.
Barrett previously served 26 years for the rape of a Belmont student and was released in 2002.
Police arrested him Monday night in the murder of 19-year-old Sarah Vanetta Des Prez, who was found dead in her Nashville apartment.
Nashville police say their cold case unit has cleared a total of 22 murder cases since it was formed in 2005.
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