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14 Arrests for Drugs, Prostitution at Days Inn in Last Year

The 66-room motel has new owners, and that's good news, say city officials.

Last week’s arrest of a Cleveland woman for prostitution was just the latest in a number of undercover operations at the Days Inn motel on Lake Avenue.

Since October 2011, 14 people have been arrested on prostitution-related charges at the motel.

Lakewood Police Chief Timothy Malley said the arrests have been part of an “ongoing investigation.”

With cooperation from the Days Inn, the police took a room at the motel and set up a sting operation twice during the past year.

In August 2012, the police department arrested seven people for “drugs and prostitution” during a sting operation, said Malley.

And in October 2011, officers rounded up a half-dozen people on prostitution charges.

The manager of the Days Inn declined to comment on the police investigation Wednesday, but she did say “we don’t have any control over what our guests do” in their rooms. 

Another employee said that he’s pleased with the police intervention, because “obviously, they’re no longer here.”

Ownership of the 66-room motel recently changed hands — and that’s good news for city officials who are looking to cut down on crime in the area.

“It’s been in the wrong hands the last few years,” said Lakewood Law Director Kevin Butler. 

“It can only go up from here.” 

Gina J. October 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I have family in town staying at Days Inn for my daughters wedding. Upon their arrival I was shocked to find out it's a dump. Although they are making improvements the carpets need to be replaced because the place smells like a wet ash tray. The Travel Lodge is 10 times worse (believe that or not) and I am very disappointed that in a city of our size and the pride we have there is not one decent hotel to room at.
April Stoltz October 12, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Pleased to hear of the new owners and hopeful improvements. Both the Travel Lodge and the Days Inn should be up to code and respectful standards. It also points to why a new hotel in downtown Lakewood is so important and so needed.
The original Bill October 12, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Hey Renee: This is what I was talking about. Would you want your family staying here?
Marilyn Casey October 12, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Time for a new, modern, clean, clean, clean hotel in Lakewood

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