Writer apologizes to visitors for motel incident
I would like to express my sincere apology to the family that was on Channel 6 news Monday evening in a story titled “Storm Victims Tossed from Buckeye Lake Motel over Price-Gouging Complaints.”
I hope they know that the actions of the owner of the Econolodge and the two Buckeye Lake Police Officers (Hanzey and Vermaaten) do not reflect the true feelings of most of the people in the Village of Buckeye Lake. I was so ashamed for our village when I saw Officer Vermaaten telling the news crew that he was hired (by the hotel owner) to keep news crews away.
Although it angered and embarrassed me even more, Capt. Hanzey told me that they were working special duty for the owner of the Econolodge and they (police) had contacted the village’s prosecutor, Mark Gardner, to ask if the owner can charge more than the advertised price for a room. Hanzey says Gardner said the owner just has to offer one room at the advertised price and can charge whatever he wants for the other rooms. They used village equipment (a police cruiser) for a job on the side and gave the appearance that the village upheld such a shameful practice!
I pray that the family got the help they needed and I hope they know that there are some of us citizens that feel the village should have been protecting the VICTIM rather than the bully!