On May 26, 2015, Judge Adrian Adams, 24th Judicial Court, ruled in favor of Chief Arthur S. Lawson, Gretna Police Department, on behalf of the City of Gretna, declaring that a nuisance exist at Luxury Inn & Suites, 1411 Claire Ave., Gretna, Louisiana, granting a preliminary injunction in favor of the Chief and the Gretna Police Department.

In January 2015, the Gretna Police Department brought information to the attention of the Gretna City Council relative to an excessive amount of calls for police services at the Luxury Inn & Suites and the excessive amount of code violations recorded during these investigations at the Luxury Inn & Suites, 1411 Claire Ave., Gretna, Louisiana.

A code violation sweep of the location, in conjunction with the State Fire Marshalls Office, resulted in a cease and desist order being issued, forcing closure and electrical disconnect at the location. An additional 86 plus code violations were encountered within the 100 rooms at the location by Gretna Code Enforcement.

A review of police calls for service reflect the following for 2013, 2014, 2015:

250 calls for service, which resulted in 110 arrest in the year 2013:

These calls included; general nuisance complaints, disturbances or fights, suspicious persons, drugs, prostitution, aggravated battery, drug violations and theft. An arrest was made in approximately 43% of all calls for service.

There were also 10 emergency medical calls for service at the location, with 60% of those calls being related to drug use.

425 calls for service, which resulted in 250 arrest in the year 2014:

These calls for service include: general nuisance complaints, disturbances or fights, suspicious persons, outstanding warrants, battery, attempt first degree murder, theft, prostitution, drug violations. An arrest was made in approximately 60% of the calls for service.

There were also 35 emergency medical calls for service at the location, with 68% being relative to drug or alcohol issues.

The location showed an 80% increase in total calls for service in 2014 and a 45% increase in arrest at the location in comparison to 2013.

In the first fifteen days of January 2015, there had been approximately 25 call for service at the location. This was not inclusive of proactive enforcement.

The Gretna Police Department clearly identified this location as a public nuisance and a public safety issue to the patrons and the surrounding residential area. Further the motel’s owners “knowingly permitted the ‘maintenance of a nuisance’ by permitting ‘prohibited activities'” on the premises.

In March 2015, Chief Arthur S. Lawson, Jr. filed civil litigation, acting on behalf of the City of Gretna against the motel and its owners:

MEHSUN, LLC d/b/a Luxury Inn & Suites

 

Mehmood Khan a/k/a Mack Khan individually and

as member-manager of MEHSUN, LLC

 

Chitna Hira individually and as a member of

MEHSUN, LLC

 

Sunil Patel individually and as member of

MEHSUN, LLC

The suit was filed by Gretna Police Department attorney Leonard Levenson under the provisions of RS 13:4711, et al to seek a permanent injunction and other relief as provided by RS13:4711, et seq.

 

On May 26, 2015, Judge Adrian Adams, 24th Judicial Court, ruled in favor of Chief Arthur S. Lawson, Gretna Police Department, on behalf of the City of Gretna, declaring that a nuisance exist at Luxury Inn & Suites, 1411 Claire Ave., Gretna, Louisiana, granting a preliminary injunction in favor of the Chief and the Gretna Police Department.

 

The defendants may be responsible to pay a $10,000 civil penalty and the costs of investigation, related litigation and attorneys’ fees. The department has spent $137,000 in policing and ambulance response to the motel.

The favorable ruling in this case eliminates a public nuisance that brought crime and fear to a neighborhood that has maintained an extremely low crime rate. This action also removed a public safety hazard that affected the quality of life of the neighborhood and patrons of the closed establishment.

Authority:

Anthony H. Christiana, Jr.

Deputy Chief of Police

 

 

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