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Petition wants Florence Super 8 to close after shooting

A petition with hundreds of signatures is calling for this Super 8 in Florence to close its doors following this week's officer involved shooting (FOX19) A petition with hundreds of signatures is calling for this Super 8 in Florence to close its doors following this week's officer involved shooting (FOX19)
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - A petition with hundreds of signatures is calling for the Super 8 in Florence to close its doors following this week's officer involved shooting.

"It's reached the point of ridiculous," Aaron Gillum said.

This year, Florence Police have responded to nearly 300 calls to this Super 8.


"Our police and fire have been out there 600-700 times in the last couple years and there's a point where there's some reasonable deniability on the part of the ownership," Gillum said.

Gillum is the one who drafted this petition to Wyndham Worldwide Hotels to close the Super 8.

On Tuesday, police were called here for a report of drug activity. Lt. Roger Allen found three teenagers in a second floor room. Police say 16-year-old Richard Lee Patton Jr. fired shot at Lt. Roger Allen, with who returned fire. seconds later, Patton Jr. took his own life.

[Related: Coroner identifies 16-year-old who shot at police at Florence Super 8]


"There was an adolescent involved that ultimately ended up dying from this and this isn't stuff as citizens we should tolerate happening in our backyard," Gillum said.

Earlier this year, the city adopted an ordinance to crack down on "chronic nuisance properties," that's any business or home with more than 25 violations.

"It's killing business. Everybody on this street is affected," Mike Cartuyvelles said.

Cartuyvelles owns a sub restaurant right across the street and says there's been problems from residents at that Super 8 since 2009.

"There's an ATM right outside here and it used to be you could sit right here at the table we're at and watch a drug deal take place," Cartuyvelle said.

But the Super 8 General Manager, Mahesh Nichani, says he "is" taking proper protocol and even pleading with the city to find a solution to these ongoing problems.

"We check people in, we check their IDs and this crime was committed by a 16-year-old who was not even registered to their room," Nichani said.

A statement from Wyndham said:


"Guest safety and security is very important to us. You should also be aware that we require franchised hotels to comply with local, state and federal laws"

FOX19 NOW spoke with several residents who say the Super 8 isn't just the only problem hotel in the area, and they agree all of them need to clean up when it comes to crime.

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