Order sought to close Pendleton 'crime property'

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Umatilla County commissioners voted to ask a circuit court judge to declare the Rodeo City Inn a crime property, a move that could shut the 52-room motel near Pendleton.

The sheriff's office says it has responded to hundreds of calls at the inn since 2010. By comparison, Sheriff Terry Rowan says deputies have only been called 32 times to the Comfort Inn & Suites in Hermiston.

Commissioners can declare a place a crime property if any of 16 crimes — such as assault, theft and sexual abuse — occur at a site three or more times in a 90-day period.

Inn manager Drew Osias gave commissioners a letter from an attorney that said the vote couldn't take place because the county has not properly notified residents who live there.