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Pair of low-budget motels takes City of South Portland to court

Knights Inn. (WGME)

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- A pair of low-budget motels is taking the City of South Portland to court.

The South Portland police chief made the recommendation to city councilors to end the lodging licenses for Maine Motel and Knights Inn.

He says the department continues to respond to illegal activity at the businesses.

The licenses were set to expire on May 31.

However, the owners of both businesses have filed a lawsuit against South Portland, and a judge is blocking the city from closing the motels until after a scheduled hearing Friday morning.

South Portland's police chief says on numerous occasions they’ve dealt with prostitution cases, drug investigations, and overdoses at both motels.

Even residents have complained about rising crime in the area such as attempted burglary.

One person even caught an incident on camera, stating many cars are being broken into and other petty crimes.

Both motels fighting to keep their doors open.

The hearing is set for 11 a.m. at the Cumberland County Superior Court.

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