The owners and managers of the Harding Inn, which police padlocked earlier this week, did not challenge a court-ordered temporary injunction at a hearing Friday morning.
The order to shut down the motel at 350 Harding Place that police said sheltered drug use and prostitution will remain in effect at least until a new hearing takes place next week, according to Susan Niland, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.
The order named 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, from entering onto the property until the steps required to reopen the motel can be sorted out in a hearing.
At Friday morning’s hearing, Slaton and Howard were dismissed from the injunction as it was determined that while they acted in managerial positions at the hotel, they weren’t actually employed there.
Officers shut down and padlocked the motel, formerly known as the Knights Inn. Metro police have been called to the site 276 times from May 2009 to May 2010, more than three times as many as a nearby Harding Place motel.
Police said that they asked the motel management to curb the criminal activity but that those requests were ignored.
On Tuesday, Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier declared the business a public nuisance in a temporary injunction and padlocking order. Police moved in to shut the business down around 8 a.m. Wednesday.