Providence Inn owner pleads guilty to operating without license

5 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, August 20 2014 Aug 20, 2014 Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:07:49 PM CDT August 20, 2014 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The owner of a motel where a 16-year-old girl overdosed and died pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating a motel without a license.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services determined Oct. 1, 2013 that Keith Owens, owner of the Providence Inn and Suites, was operating the motel without a license.

The motel closed May 1, after 16-year-old Morgan Myers was found dead in a guest room on April 3.

An inspection by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on May 2 found 16 different violations at the motel.

The specific violations include:

  • Sewage and wastewater were not operating satisfactorily
  • Walls, floors, and ceilings were not in good shape
  • There were not proper housekeeping practices in place
  • Towels and bed linens were not clean
  • Mattresses and box springs were not clean
  • There was evidence of rodents and insects
  • Garbages were not properly maintained
  • The landscaping was not controlled
  • Bathrooms were not sanitary
  • There were not proper hygienic practices in place
  • The building was not maintained to assure safe conditions
  • The stairs and ramps were not in good shape
  • The plumbing/mechanical systems were not passable
  • The ventilation, plumbing, and restrooms were not passable
  • Heating and cooling operating systems were not passable
  • The motel did not have proper safety, thermo control and electrical switches for heat and air units
The Columbia Fire Department also found seven violations. The violations included lack of, or broken, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and electrical problems.

Owens has to pay a $250 fine for the violation.

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