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Two Albany motels told shape up or shut down!

August 9, 2007

Albany-  A warning for two crime-plagued Albany motels, shape up or shut down.

Letters of concern were hand delivered to the Regent Motel on West Oglethorpe and The Mabry Motel on North Slappey. District Attorney Ken Hodges, flanked by law enforcement officers, told reporters Thursday the motels are crime havens and a drain on resources. Hodges says there've been 462 calls at the Mabry and 312 calls at the Regent in the last three years.

"The crimes range from a suspicious person, open alcohol container, drunken person, disorderly, to auto thefts, discharging firearms, terroristic threats, robberies and drugs, drug possession, and drug sales numerous accounts, rapes, and I recall a homicide at the Mabry several years ago," said District Attorney Ken Hodges.

Owners of the Regent Motel have already made contact with the D.A.'s office.

WALB News Ten spoke with Mabry Owner Narenda Bhagat who said they can't legally refuse to rent a room to someone, but they would work with the District Attorney's office to better police the activities at their motel.

Hodges said he was also prepared to cite the owners of Georgian Mobile Home Estates, but the property was sold.

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