Judge to decide fate of America’s Best Value Inn on Friday

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — Prostitution and drug dealing are two reasons why Homewood city leaders want to shut down a local motel.

The city council did not renew the business license for America’s Best Value Inn on West Oxmoor Road, but the motel owner is fighting back with a lawsuit.

A judge is set to rule Friday whether or not to allow the motel to remain in business while the lawsuit works its way through court.

At the core of city leaders’ desire to shut down the motel are hundreds of police records, all of which deal with criminal activity at the America’s Best Value Inn and Suites.

Crimes detailed in the reports range from drug use to prostitution to murder.

In one report, officers confiscated three hypodermic needles inside a motel room, along with a silver spoon containing drug residue and burn marks.

In March of 2013, a shooting involving several teenagers left one dead.

A former employee of the motel says those kinds of crimes were common during his six-month employment.

The man, who spoke to CBS42 on condition of anonymity for personal safety reasons, says prostitution, drug deals and much more happened at the motel.

He says he told the owner what he saw, but nothing was done.

“I was there days in and days out, so I knew what was going on, who was doing what, and you would run it by him and he wouldn’t do nothing,” the former employee said.

CBS42 tried to talk with the owner of the motel, Mike Patel, however, he would not speak.

CBS42 has yet to hear from Patel.

As of Thursday evening, the motel is still open for business.

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