“…In asking for a lengthy prison sentence, prosecutors noted that Suryanâ€™s operation not only enriched him, but also helped thieves and burglars profit from the information they stole.Â Suryan ‘served as a lynchpin of identity theft activity in Snohomish County in the latter half of 2012; the forgery service provided by the defendant helped incentivize countless break-ins of mailboxes,Â homes, and vehicles by criminals searching for victim data…”
The man who forged multiple ID documents and financial documents for mail thieves in Snohomish County was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 65 months in prison, five years of supervised release and $59,177 in restitution, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.Â MICHAEL JOHN SURYAN, 54, formerly of Everett, Washington was arrested in January 2013, in a Shoreline, Washington motel where he had set up a mobile identity manufacturing operation.
Using documents his co-schemers stole from burglaries, mail thefts and car prowls, SURYAN manufactured fake IDs, and forged checks with the co-schemers listed as the payees.Â A search of the room revealed more than 50 fake Washington State driverâ€™s licenses, handwritten notes listing the names, addresses and personal information (including dates of birth, social security numbers, driverâ€™s license numbers, and credit card or checking account information) for numerous victims.
For more:Â http://www.justice.gov/usao/waw/press/2014/March/suryan.html
“…For many hotels, it starts on the guest services side. For example, guests who need assistance can send a text that will be routed directly to the appropriate department, such as engineering or roomservice. This simple interaction already removes a traditional element of hotel operationsâ€”the front deskâ€”from the equation. From there is a progression for hoteliers to use similar methods to communicate internally among staffers…”
Hoteliers are increasingly using electronic formats such as text, email and FaceTime for back-of-house communications, and are finding the strategy is both highly effective and cost-efficient. Just like in the front of the house, where guests increasingly rely on phones and handhelds while traveling, mobile devices are now becoming critical for back-of-house operations, according to sources.
With cellphones essentially ubiquitous and younger staffers particularly reliant on them, many hoteliers are smartly tapping into this technology base to replace outdated procedures, reshaping everything from staff meetings to service calls.
For more:Â https://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Article/13408/Managing-by-text-Using-tech-in-back-of-house
“…One woman, who stayed at Mariners Cove days before the fire, says the motel had battery-operated smoke detectors, but fire victims say they never went off. Â ‘That’s the thing, they were battery-powered fire alarms. Once they get hot and they melt, they are not going to work,’ said Tammy Tilton…”
The deadly motel fire in Point Pleasant, New Jersey is raising safety concerns at other motels in the area.
Activity has died down at the scene, but the probe continues into Friday morning’s deadly fire at the Mariners Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach.
The blaze killed four people, including 66-year-old Albert Sutton, formerly of Mount Laurel.
Based on surveillance footage pulled from the rubble and restored by computer experts at the Ocean County prosecutor’s office, detectives have determined the cause of the fire was careless smoking.
For more:Â http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9479643
“…Your clients, of course, are responsible for their own actions, or lack of action, when dealing with bed bugs. But there are actions you can take to help your clients avoid these kinds of deviations, minimize their risk of lawsuits,Â and reduce their liability if a lawsuit is ultimately filed. Of course, by doing so, you also reduce your own liability and risk from any bed bug litigation. But you must be proactive…”
Until they experience a bed bug crisis first hand, property managers usually canâ€™t comprehend the full impact on their property. Most fail to appreciate just how difficult it is to control bed bugs once they have spread and become established.
Thatâ€™s why property managers often address bed bug complaints with the same casual approach as complaints about cockroaches or ants. They typically do not respond aggressively, at the first sign of trouble, and before the bed bugs become entrenched and spread to other areas of the building. And property managers often resist investing the time, money and effort necessary to control a bed bug outbreak. That puts both of you at risk of a lawsuit.
For more:Â http://www.pctonline.com/pct0314-bed-bug-lawsuits.aspx
“…Florida law ‘clearly sets forth that [as] a hotel operator of a transient establishmentÂ â€”Â you can go in and say, ‘I don’t wish to entertain you anymore,” Blair said. ‘The statute says you can call the sheriff, and he has a duty to remove them.’Â A separate group of independent hoteliers has sued along similar grounds. It is seeking a declaration on whether the Sheriff’s Office is properly interpreting state law, but that case is still pending in state court…”
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla.Â â€”Â Dianna Chane says she cannot get the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office to remove unwanted guests from her HomeSuiteHome hotel, even if they aren’t paying, are using drugs or committing assault.
Once a supporter of Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Chane has sued Sheriff Bob Hansell, saying he is forcing independent hotels on U.S. Highway 192 to become homeless shelters.
“What has crushed me is I have been denied the right to manage my own property,” Chane said. “I feel like we’ve been taken hostage.”
For more:Â http://www.policeone.com/investigations/articles/7004783-Hotel-sues-Fla-sheriff-over-unwanted-guests/
“…TheÂ New JerseyÂ HotelÂ is only of few blocks from the beach and most of its guests workÂ in the fishing industry or areÂ building contractorsÂ in the area. Many of the residents at theÂ hotelÂ have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy and forced to stay in theÂ hotelÂ until they can afford to repair theirÂ homes…”
AÂ deadly fireÂ tookÂ the livesÂ of three people and critically injured at least three more, when aÂ New JerseyÂ hotelÂ burst into flames.
Marinerâ€™s Cove Motor Inn at Point Pleasant Beach, suddenly caught fire early this morning and had firefighters struggling to control the flames.
The Jersey shoreÂ hotelÂ was completely destroyed by the blaze and upon entering the building firefighters discovered the bodies of three guests that couldnâ€™t escape the inferno.
For more:Â http://americanlivewire.com/2014-03-21-3-people-killed-in-deadly-fire/
“…’There was a dangerous condition that posed an immediate and grave risk to the health of any customer,’ Kaufman said. ‘Itâ€™s remarkable to me that a condition this dangerous could be allowed to persist for not days, but almost two weeks, and take the life of a successful, caring and wonderful man.’…”
An Ohio attorney whose body was found in a Palm Springs hotel room in November died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Riverside County coronerâ€™s office said Wednesday.
“…Police say that Oyola-Bandara knocked on the womanâ€™s door at the Super 8 motel at 32 Grenhart Road at about 3:30 a.m. and told the woman, who has been a resident of the motel for some time, that he is there to fix something.Â The woman recognized the man as a hotel worker and let him in. Oyola-Bandara then pulled out a bottle of liquor and put two glasses on the table and began pouring the liquor into the glasses…”
A West Side hotel maintenance worker who talked his way into a 60-year-old womanâ€™s room early Saturday morning and tried to force himself on her was arrested after police found the man asleep in the womanâ€™s hotel room.
Carlos Oyola-Bandera, 35, of 501 West Main St., Stamford, was charged with attempted rape, unlawful restraint, criminal trespass, fourth-degree sexual assault and breach of peace. He was held over the weekend by police in lieu of a $50,000 court appearance bond and is being arraigned at the Stamford courthouse Monday.
For more:Â http://blog.ctnews.com/stamford411/2014/03/17/stamford-hotel-worker-arrested-for-sexually-assaulting-guest/
“…I mainly focused on automation and making the experience easier. The next step is to look at ways hotels can increase revPAR (revenue per room), which I will focus on in the next article. People have been talking about smart housing for a long time but that is over now. Smart hotels will be realised. The only question is: By who?…”
Our homes are becoming more and more connected to so-called ‘smart homes’Â with smart tv’s, smart fridges, and smart lights. Hotels want to give the feeling of comfort and one way to achieve this is to replicate the feeling of being at home. Smart homes are the future and Hotels should embrace change and be at the forefront of technological innovation.
I have been blogging about iBeacon technologyÂ and how it could create a whole new experience in stadiumsÂ and museums. While many have been focusing on the marketing and shopping benefits of implementing the latest technologies I want to help you look further than that. I would like to introduce the smart hotel.
For more:Â http://www.hospitalitynet.org/column/global/154000392/4064433.html