Raid on Gordon Highway motel results in 6 arrests

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For the second time in two months, authorities conducted a surprise inspection at a Gordon Highway motel and made several arrests.

Officials inspect rooms at Augusta Lodge at 1520 Gordon Highway. Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Gay said officers have received 446 calls to the motel since Jan. 1, 2009.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Officials inspect rooms at Augusta Lodge at 1520 Gordon Highway. Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Gay said officers have received 446 calls to the motel since Jan. 1, 2009.

The Augusta Lodge at 1520 Gordon Highway was the target Tuesday afternoon as Richmond County sheriff's deputies and fire, health and licensing officials went room-by-room checking for code, health and other violations.

Lt. Scott Gay said six people were arrested, most for outstanding warrants. At least one person faces charges connected to prostitution, and another is accused of selling alcohol from her room, he said.

The inspection was part of an ongoing effort to clean up the highway that began last month when Augusta Super Inn and Club 3000, at 1602 Gordon Highway, were condemned because of inadequate structural conditions.

The inn remains closed, but Club 3000, now called Club VIP, was allowed to reopen after bringing the building up to code.

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catfish201
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catfish201 01/13/10 - 06:18 am
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Thank you.

Thank you.

wise
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wise 01/13/10 - 06:31 am
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After the "clean up" where is

After the "clean up" where is all the sex offenders and drug dealers going to stay? Washington Rd???

Just me 2
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Just me 2 01/13/10 - 08:11 am
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PREFERABLY, They will all

PREFERABLY, They will all move their devil selves to another state far far away!!

willienelson
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willienelson 01/13/10 - 09:04 am
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I understand that some

I understand that some problems may have existed at or near this motel but I hope they will get to reopen. Many families choose to vacation in Augusta and this is certainly one of the favorite spots. The Super Lodge offers something for everyone.

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Riverman1 01/13/10 - 09:13 am
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(Sheepishly raising my hand)

(Sheepishly raising my hand) Has anyone considered this "raid" of all the rooms checking for code violations with the police, etc, may have been a violation of the 4th Amendment? I'll bet there were no warrants. There was not suspicion in every room that crimes were being committed. These rooms were in some cases probably occupied by honest construction workers and others as Willienelson says., yet they were raided without warrants? What if they decide to raid the Hill section homes one Saturday night without warrants looking for code violations? This brings out the Libertarian in me.

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LancelotLink 01/13/10 - 09:47 am
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Rverman, check the fine print

Rverman, check the fine print on the contract the next time you rent a hotel room. It basically allows unfettered access to the hotel staff. Under the umbrella of "welfare checks" I think there is plenty of probably cause to enter these rooms for cleanliness and safety (such as hotplate) issues. If illegal activity is observed out in the open, no warrant should be required.

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corgimom 01/13/10 - 10:20 am
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Riverman, actually, they can

Riverman, actually, they can inspect homes, and they do, but they usually don't unless they get a complaint. It is very, very common for police to send in inspectors when they want to know what's going on. Fire marshals have a lot more power than people think. Inspections are not considered unreasonable search and seizure, and they can only inspect the structure and what's out in front of them for fire/code violations. They can, however, tell police what they observed. Say they walked in and found a big pile of cocaine. That's not a fire or code hazard, they can't do anything, but they can tell the police. And, btw, I've never known an inspector to do a surprise inspection without a police officer present.

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gibsoncowgirl 01/13/10 - 11:38 am
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willienelson...you are

willienelson...you are kidding?!

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/13/10 - 11:53 am
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I'm sure people vacationing

I'm sure people vacationing in Augusta (laugh) want to make sure they are as close to the beautiful Gordon Hwy corridor (bigger laugh) as possible.

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fishman960 01/13/10 - 12:20 pm
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Hey, that was one of the

Hey, that was one of the finest motel to be found in Augusta!

fishman960
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fishman960 01/13/10 - 12:21 pm
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The likeness of mom sitting

The likeness of mom sitting in her rocking chair above the diner made me feel right at home.

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