EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSRUSTIC MOTEL CONDEMNED
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Residents Forced Out After Double Meth Lab Bust At Rustic Motel
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Feb. 27, 2012 8:56 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 27, 2012 9:36 PM EST
Jefferson , Kanawha County , West Virginia
People who live and stay at the Rustic Motel in Jefferson were given an hour to pack their bags and leave after the Kanawha County Planning Commission condemned the building.
The condemnation stems from a double meth lab bust at the hotel Sunday night and Monday morning.
A knock at the door, and a message to get out, a harsh reality for more than a dozen people who call the Rustic Motel home.
"My kids, me, my wife. Where, where now?" asks Lasalla Barnette as he was packing his things.
"I'm glad they did find a meth lab in there and everything. Sure, that's fine. But what about the one's that didn't do nothing? We being punished for something we ain't even done!" he says.
The hotel was boarded up, condemned, and essentially shut down Monday afternoon. Kanawha County Planning Commission Director David Armstrong says because the main building has no fire walls in the attic, 11 rooms plus the main office, have the possibility of being contaminated with meth.
"This is the first time in Kanawha County we've condemned something this large," explains Armstrong.
Some put out on the streets because others were cooking meth next door.
"Somebody come in here and do this, I don't know, I think they ought to bust them before they come in here and go that far," says a resident who wished to remain anonymous.
For the Rustic to ever reopen, the owner, Gary Wolfinbarger has to have the building brought into compliance and prove air levels are safe. If he doesn't, the county commission will step in.
"Which more than likely will be demolition," says Armstrong.
"What are you going to do now?" asks Eyewitness News reporter Leslie Rubin has Barnette was packing his things. "Pray, that's all you can do is pray. That's all you can do," he said.
Wolfinbarger is said to be in a Florida hospital. Kenneth Harrah, the motel's manager, had no comment as he was also being forced to leave because he lived behind the main office.
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