Paradise Valley Police Arrest Fugitives at Short-Term Rental Party | CBS 5 investigation
PARADISE VALLEY, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – The party was large and seemed to have lasted two nights in the upscale suburb of Paradise Valley. The police report and the police body camera video provide an account of what happened.
At least four friends helped find $ 3,500 to rent a property for the weekend of September 19. Neighbors complained about the noise and called the police. The officers showed up on Friday and Saturday evenings. On Saturday night, the party seems to have attracted hundreds of people. Police issued citations to tenants and took two men into custody. These men were wanted by other jurisdictions.
Airbnb issued a warning ahead of Halloween weekend that the holidays will be banned for listings in Arizona.
“The party house scene with short-term rentals seems to be getting worse, not better,” said Bill Hunter, who resides in Paradise Valley and lives next to a short-term rental.
“I call it the neighborhood coronavirus. It’s so bad,” said Susan Edwards, who lives in central Phoenix and has launched a coalition of residents across the state, who say short-term rentals ruin their neighborhoods.
“The point is, these aren’t just party houses. It’s the deterioration of neighborhoods,” Edwards said.
Edwards, Hunter and other critics say the problem began four years ago when state lawmakers passed a bill prohibiting cities and counties from enacting their own restrictions on short-term rentals. .
Police officers from three Valley departments told CBS 5 Investigates that they see short-term rentals and the parties they attract as a growing public safety concern.
Since then, the number of such properties has skyrocketed to nearly 25,000 statewide, according to critics, who call them unregulated hotels.
“I think there are (sic) really two big issues. The first is that these are commercial businesses operating in our neighborhoods right now,” said Representative Aaron Lieberman, a Democrat who represents the north of Phoenix and Paradise Valley in the Arizona House of Representatives. “The second one, which has played a big role in this problem, is the party houses. And Airbnb can’t control it. The state can’t control it. The city can’t control it. We have to try something. something different. “
Lieberman said he plans to sponsor bills in the next legislative session that would return the power to regulate short-term rentals to towns, counties and towns.
Party houses shake up neighbors and spread coronavirus
During the party in Paradise Valley, police named six people for violating the city noise ordinance and for organizing an unruly rally. They also arrested Marcial Rice on a disorderly conduct warrant issued to Buckeye, and Vance Moore, who was wanted by the ATF on drug distribution charges. The two men were considered armed and dangerous, according to the police report.
The warning comes as states, including Arizona, begin to lift home stay restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Police recommended that the owner be cited for four offenses, including unruly gathering and failing to provide contact information in an emergency.
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