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City shuts down hotel after allegations of drugs and prostitution

NORWOOD, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- An eight story hotel is vacant Monday evening after city attorneys obtained a court order to shut down the facility.

Norwood city leaders say the once-luxurious hotel has turned into a home for heroin abuse and prostitution.  A charge hotel owners deny.

Police and city officials did not have to look very far to find this hotel.  The building is right across the street from the fire house, a short walk from the police station and one block from City Hall.  Norwood city officials say there was not much quality at the "Quality Hotel and Suites." 

Monday afternoon police moved in and told the 45 or so guests to pack up and leave the eight story hotel.  The city obtained a temporary court order that closed the building down due to allegations of prostitution, drugs and other issues.

The attorney for the hotel's owners called the cities actions "ridiculous," "short sighted" and "potentially leading to a foreclosure."  But the mayor said it's time for the hotel and some of its guests to go.

The "Quality Hotel & Suites" is challenging the closing order.  They will be in court Tuesday.  The Cancun Mexican Bar and Grill, which is in the same building as the hotel, is not affected by the shutdown.  Mayor Tom Williams says the restaurant is a positive asset for the city and is not involved in any of the alleged activities at the hotel.  

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