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Village Tackles Crime at Red Roof Inn

After recent crime spree, Deerfield considers legislation to curb criminal activity at motel.

Deerfield is looking at legislation to curb crime at the Red Roof Inn.
Deerfield is looking at legislation to curb crime at the Red Roof Inn.

After a rash of crimes at the Red Roof Inn in the last three months including drugs, guns and prostitution, Deerfield is taking a look at legislation to put a stop to it.

Since Oct. 30, there have been five arrests involving prostitution, one with a gun and another for drugs, according to Deerfield Police reports. In June, shots were fired in the parking lot and two men staying at the motel were apprehended.

“We don’t want to be at odds with a business but we have values we strive for and we don’t want to see them violated,” Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said.

The first thing Deerfield is doing is taking a look at ordinances in other municipalities with similar situations, according to Village Manager Kent Street. “We want to be in the position to prod the owner and have the enforcement resources to be able to negotiate an end to what’s been going on there,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Deerfield Police Department is being more vigilant. “We’ve increased our patrols there,” Deerfield Police Chief John Sliozis said. “We’re asking our officers to take a walk through while on patrol.”

Sliozis is concerned not only by the large number of calls his department receives but the nature of the complaint. “There are certainly an inordinate number of police calls and it is the type of calls,” he said referring to the crimes and arrests made.

As it stands, Deerfield’s business licensing ordinance limits enforcement for a high crime area, according to Street. The Red Roof Inn does have a special use license that goes with its zoning which could come into play.

“Getting a business to behave as it should be is what we’re going to take a look at,” Street said.

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Mark Myers January 27, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Just Sayin' Who are you to designate what 'North Shore' communities are? In other words who died and left you boss?
Enrique H. January 28, 2014 at 02:14 PM
People, people, let's save our hostilities for village management! Why get caught up in semantics? Deerfield is technically part of the Greater North Shore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Shore_(Chicago)
Deerfield neighbor January 31, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Funny, the only real crime here is a potential injury from discharging a firearm in the parking lot. The rest is nosy government anti-freedom BS that most of us take for granted as being 'better for the community'. In reality, the illegalization of drugs and prostitution leads to the formation of criminal elements. Can't stop he demand no matter how hard you try. Leave people alone and you have no real problem. But then no one listens to me.
Bernard Johnson February 13, 2014 at 09:06 PM
'Neighbor' makes some excellent points. Making drugs and prostiution illegal creates illict production and disribution channels that - were these two old as the hills pastimes legal, would not exist. Take away the profit motive from recreatinal drugs being illegal and take away the source of virtually all supply. Make prostitution legal and take away most of the dangers to those who purvey their wares, e. g. no more pimps. License prostitutes, require weekly health certifications and regulate where they can ply their trade - which virtually every other developed nation does. Also, let's end the absurd hypocracy of promoting liquor on TV, on billboards at baseball games and in virtually every communications medium, while insisting on making marijuana illegal. The so called 'War on Crime' is a vicious debacle - costing countless tens of billions of dollars. If you really want to do out society {as well as those south of our border} some good, legalize what are bnow illict drugs; in the process we can empty most of our prisons, remove the majority of activity that pre-occupies our criminal justice and law-enforcement systems. Of course, if someone's selling illicit drugs to juveniles, I'd suggest summary execution on the spot. But, seriously, beer and bourbon are legal, but, pot's not? The only reason{s} pot and other illicit drugs are illegal is because the government hasn't figured out how to tax 'em and the reactionary right, neo-con, fanatics are also predominantly 'Christian' - who buy into the whole Prohibition theory of social regulation. Just as Prohibition did nothing but fund the Mafia and create profound lawlessness [and contempt for the law], the prohibitions against and War on drugs does the very same thing. Think of all those profits to private prison operations and the billions of dollars flowing to law-enforcement that were once police departments, but, that are now full fledged para-military organizations. Leglaize and regulate prostitution. Legalize and regulate drugs. Eliminate the War on Drugs, but, offer counseling and therapy. Eliminate represssive government interference with choice. Effect serious border controls and reasonable immigration policies. Let's... get real.
Deerfield neighbor February 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Amen brother! I hope you were being serious and not sarcastic with that message. Government needs to stop the misguided notion that by controlling what consenting adults do between themselves behind closed doors they can make society better. Yes there should be a penalty for those who sell to minors and minors who try to buy or use such products or services (although we can debate if the arbitrary age of 18 is really a good way to assess whether one is responsible enough to use intoxicants or frequent prostitutes - I'd favor a test to receive a license). Basically, Deerfield and every other government entity should back off and let people be. We seem to have forgotten what the notion of liberty is about.

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