The Royal Inn, located at 1600 Kendall Avenue in Portsmouth, had a stabbing and an OD overnight. These incidents were just a few hours apart. You can hear the clips from Portsmouth EMS and Police as they responded to these calls.
4 a. m.
Police dispatched to the Royal Inn for a stabbing
Front desk stated another person with the victim had fled
2 Assailants described as being involved
Detectives notified to respond
The victim was taken to SOMC
The incident remains under investigation
A call comes into 911 regarding an unresponsive female
This occurs in a separate room
EMS and Police returned to the Royal Inn and rendered aid.
Due to HIPAA Regulations, no other information can be provided
The Full Picture
We asked for and obtained the full call history for the Royal Inn as well as the Four Keys Motel. The public information request was to show all calls for service at both locations beginning May 1, 2019.
After reviewing each call at both locations, the information gathered included:
The domestic violence and assault calls at the Royal included weapons of a knife, hatchet, and even a syringe,
There are remedies the city can explore. One of those includes declaring these, or any businesses with high crime rates associated with them, to be labeled as nuisance properties. Once a business has been deemed a nuisance, under the Ohio Revised Code, that business can be forcibly closed just like the Health Department can condemn a home or close an unsafe restaurant.
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