Drug Busts at Local Hotels
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Shared by Dawna Howard, CCIF
The Fairmont Hotel, EconoLodge on Elva and Hotel West on Broadway have been housing the homeless, and people waiting for Idaho housing. Hotel West voluntarily quit doing this, and Econlodge was shut down a couple weeks ago.
This week there was another drug bust at the Fairmont. This is the 3rd raid in a month. Dawna Howard had a mother call her this week to say her son had been arrested in that bust and had been taken to jail. She also Ubered a young lady from there to another hotel who had come into town to meet a friend. While there the woman was propositioned to have sex in exchange for drugs, she was followed and harassed. She said the hotel was stinky and she felt very unsafe staying there.
This kind of activity will bring more crime to our area, and we should be involved with our City Council and local police to find a better solution for helping the homeless and low income housing applicants.
There have been instances of tagging and graffiti throughout the city. Even when it is captured on video and a license plate reported to the police, nothing was done about the incident. Other reports to police of domestic violence, trespassing, graffiti, and vandalism went unattended by the police who said they no longer handle those types of issues. This might explain why the growing problem of sign theft during elections also goes unattended. I, myself, caught a thief red-handed and even got his name, and the police never followed through.
Idaho Statute Title 50 Chapter 6 section 50-602 the mayor is to “preserve order and take care that the
ordinances of the city are complied with”. Tonight Dawna is raising the question to the City Council that if citizens are experiencing these issues without law enforcement protection then why are we paying “taxes” for these services.