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Akron considering new ways to deal with problem properties

Posted at 11:33 PM, Dec 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-22 23:33:51-05

Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples believes more must be done in dealing with problem properties and businesses that are generating hundreds of calls to the police every year.

Mosley-Samples pointed to the two people shot and killed at the Game 7 Bar and Grill in March, the city worked to shutdown the business earlier this year.

The Ward 5 Councilwoman also referenced the more than 600 calls for Akron police to the Courtesy Inn in downtown Akron.

Akron police provided News 5 with more than 30 pages of police calls to the motel since 2012.

The Akron police reports outlined police calls for fights, robberies, alleged drug activity, alleged prostitution and more.

"When you have a place that's had over 600 calls in a 5 year period, there has to be some severe actions taken," said Mosley-Samples.

Mosley-Samples told News 5 she is in the process of proposing a new law that would require the owners of problem properties to participate in a city hearing process, in the search for security solutions.

Kahya Cooley agrees more security is needed at the Courtesy Inn, after she reported to Akron police she was assaulted by two men while staying at the motel earlier this year.

Cooley's fiancee, Murray Rones, told News 5 additional security in the parking lot would be a big help.

"Somebody has got to do something, because things aren't getting better, they're getting worse," said Rones.

News 5 contacted Courtesy Inn ownership in New York about all the police calls to his motel.

The motel owner responded immediately, and said he will contacting Akron city leaders and police to add additional security, especially Thursday through Saturday.

The owner said his staff didn't see any evidence of the assault on Cooley on hotel security video.

Because of our story, the owner also pledged to take part in the city hearing process, looking for ways to deal with the hundreds of police calls to his motel over the past 5 years.