Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Judge Refuses to Block Sunset Hills' Move to Close a Motel over Police Calls

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Judge Refuses to Block Sunset Hills' Move to Close a Motel over Police Calls

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CLAYTON * A judge on Thursday refused to block Sunset Hills' effort to close a motel that has been the scene of numerous police calls. A follow-up hearing was set for Nov. 9.

The motel, the Econo Lodge at 3730 South Lindbergh Boulevard, apparently continues to operate.

The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday to revoke its business license. The owner, Shaiq Amir, filed suit in St. Louis County Circuit Court .

Amir, who identified himself as a Muslim from Pakistan, alleges the city's effort "was based, in whole or in part, on the ethnic origin or the religion of the owner "

City Administrator Eric Sturman said the aldermen revoked the business license because police frequently are called to the motel for narcotics, prostitution, fights and other incidents. Police said they wrote 349 reports over a recent 12-month period. …

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