Judge orders Albany motel to close by Tuesday

Judge orders Albany motel to close by Tuesday

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Dougherty County Superior Court judge has ruled that an Albany motel must shut its doors by Tuesday.

Judge Willie Lockette issued a ruling Friday, saying the Albany Palace Inn can not accept anymore new guests after Monday morning at 10, and all guests must move out by Tuesday.

District Attorney Greg Edwards said Albany will not tolerate “havens of crime anymore.”

Edwards said closing the Palace Inn is a first step in cleaning up the city.

In a court hearing this week, Edwards argued that the city should shut down the North Slappey motel because it has become a center of too many drug and prostitution crimes.

“Well certainly we don’t want to displace anyone unnecessarily, but this may be the proverbial, you have to break some eggs to make an omelet. But we hope these eggs will make a fine omelet in this instance so these persons living there long-term will have a safer place to live,” said Edwards.

Edwards said his office and the Palace Inn owners are still in negotiations, and if the motel meets all of the city’s requirements, there is still a chance the motel could remain open.

Below is a copy of the full order from the court:

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