Civil hearing will determine future of Lowman’s Motor Court

Staff Writer

Special to the O-N-E
The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, rendered a ruling on Monday, March 13, 2017, that denied a motion to dismiss by owners of Lowman’s Motor Court in Burke County and denied a preliminary injunction sought by the District Attorney’s Office to keep the business closed.
Judge Ervin set the matter for a civil hearing on March 27, 2017, when the State will seek an injunction to permanently close the business.
Lowman’s Motor Court, located at 109 U.S. Highway 70 East, was served a temporary restraining order on Feb. 24, 2017, and deputies padlocked the doors.
That temporary restraining order dissolved last week when Ervin conducted a hearing regarding a preliminary injunction to keep the business closed. The Judge reserved his ruling from last week’s hearing to allow him time to review the facts of the case, including citizen affidavits and law enforcement reports.
The District Attorney’s Office filed a civil complaint against the business and is seeking to have it declared a public nuisance.
Law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies in Burke County have responded to more than 700 calls at the business in the last 11 years for various reasons, including but not limited to controlled substance sales, assaults and shots fired.