The Delaware Department ofJusticehas asked a court to declare a Wilmington-area motel a criminal nuisance. The goal is to require owners to reduce police calls to the property.
The complaint, filed May 10 in Superior Court, charges the Fairview Innon South Market Streetand its owner, NAB Motel, Inc., with five counts of maintaining a nuisance.An adjacent property – the now-defunct “Gold Club” adult entertainment spot – was closed in March 2016 as a result of a nuisance abatement action filed by state in November 2015.
The complaint states thatproperty values in nearby communities have fallen amid frequent calls to law enforcement, arrests, search warrant executions, and other police activity in or around Fairview.
Since January 4, 2017, the motel has drawn 434 calls for service and been the site of dozens of criminal activities ranging from drug activity to prostitution, robbery, and assault.
During that period, police responded to at least seven overdoses at Fairview, including at least one case where the overdose victim also purchased their drugs on the property.
The complaint requests that the Court declare the property a criminal nuisance, grant temporary and permanent nuisance abatement relief, and issue civil penalties pursuant to Delaware law, in addition to other remedies that the Court deems to be fair and just.