Aberdeen motel where two were killed to close temporarily
Posted December 19, 2013
Aberdeen, N.C. — An Aberdeen motel that was the site of two homicides this year will shutter for a month under an agreement with the town.
Town officials said they reached a settlement Nov. 22 with the owners of the Country Hearth Inn & Suites on U.S. Highway 1. Under the agreement, the town will not pursue nuisance abatement action against the owners, who will implement security measures at the motel. The measures were not detailed.
The motel will reopen in January under new management and a new name, officials said.
“Although Aberdeen is a business-friendly town, our top priority is the safety of our residents and visitors,” the town said in a statement Thursday.
A 26-year-old man was shot and killed at the motel in July during an apparent altercation over a woman, and a 25-year-old Harnett County man was shot and killed there in September.
Linda Oldham, an attorney representing the motel owners, said the owners wanted to be part of the solution after the crimes happened. They hosted a meeting and invited other area hotel owners to attend and share ideas. Oldham said she's proud of her clients' behavior.