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Judge rules to keep Norwood hotel closed

NORWOOD, Ohio (WKRC) -- A Hamilton County judge refuses to temporarily re-open a Norwood hotel which was raided and padlocked by the police.

Attorneys for the Quality Hotel made the request of Judge Robert Ruehlman Tuesday. Monday, Judge Ruehlman issued a temporary restraining order on behalf of Norwood, to shut it down, at least temporarily. That forced approximately 45 people to leave.

Attorneys for the hotel asked for that temporary restraining order to be lifted, to allow the Quality Hotel to stay in business, at least until a hearing set for June 16. Judge Ruehlman denied that request. Norwood officials say the hotel is home for drug dealing and prostitution.

Norwood's attorneys will ask that the Quality Hotel be closed permanently at that next hearing. They say the have the evidence to get it done. There is expected to be some testimony.

Quality Hotel attorneys hope to be able to reopen, even if it means bringing in new operators. They say business has been bad since the recession.

No word what could happen to the building if the hotel is shut down for good. It's safe to say no one wants to see the building sit vacant.

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