Niagara Gazette


June 5, 2014

Falls police, inspectors raid Niagara Falls Boulevard motel Wednesday

Police, inspectors pay a visit to Niagara Falls Boulevard motel

Niagara Gazette — The YouTube video is titled Niagara Rainbow Motel Review.

The slightly more than three minute Internet clip isn’t likely to bring many bookings to the Niagara Falls Boulevard motel but it did prompt a Wednesday afternoon visit from city building, electrical and fire inspectors, as well Niagara County Health Department investigators and Falls police narcotics detectives and intelligence officers. 

Filled with images of filthy bathrooms, dirty rooms with unmade beds and stained mattresses, the video even features what sounds like a scary movie soundtrack. What appear to be mold-covered ceilings are also highlighted, along with the results of a Google search of the motel’s phone number and Niagara Falls Boulevard address.

What pops up next are ads for an adult bookstore in Amherst and what appear to be postings that suggest the availability of prostitutes at the motel.

“We’ve had complaints about this motel before,” said Falls Director of Code Enforcement Dennis Virtuoso. “And the mayor got complaints and asked us to look into it.”

The run-down looking property also has a history in the Falls police blotter. Officers have been called to the motel more than 180 times since 2010. 

This year alone, police have responded to calls for domestic incidents, criminal mischiefs, harassments, disorderly conduct, identity theft, warrant executions and narcotics sales or use.

“We’ve had occasion to respond here with search warrants for different types of narcotics activity,” Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said as he stood in the motel parking lot. “Today, this is more of an inspections and health department (investigation). There were complaints about the cleanliness and safety here.”

Still, as narcotics detectives and intelligence squad officers moved through the motel’s bungalows and rooms they found drug paraphernalia including a scale and bloody needles. They also seized a BB gun that was likely being used for protection by a suspected prostitute.

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