Carbon Monoxide Deaths at Best Western in Boone

Injunction Issued Against Former Maintenance Workers Employed at Best Western Hotel During CO Deaths

Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 3:18 pm
A Wake County judge issued a permanent injunction on April 22 against three former maintenance workers employed by Appalachian Hospitality Management (AHM), which operated the Best Western hotel in Boone at the time three people died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Room 225. Read more...
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Admin Court Hearing for Local Hotel Executive Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter Continued Until June

Published Monday, April 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm
Set for Monday morning, the administrative court hearing for Damon Mallatere, the hotel executive charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter, has been continued again until June 23, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Read more...
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Hotel Executive Mallatere in Administrative Court Tuesday; Prosecutor: Both Sides Asking for Continuance

Published Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:14 am
Damon Mallatere, the local hotel executive charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter, has an administrative court date on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Read more…
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Mallatere, Jeffery’s Mom Speak to ABC 20/20 in Eight-Minute Segment on CO Deaths at Best Western in Boone

Published Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm
In a chilling eight-minute segment, ABC 20/20 investigates the carbon monoxide deaths at the Best Western hotel in 2013. It features an interview with Jeannie Williams, the mother of 11-year-old Jeffrey Williams who became the third person to die in Room 225 of the Best Western hotel in Boone during a two-month span last year. Jeannie, 49, recounts seeing Jeffrey alive for the last time before becoming unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning. "My last vision I have of him is just sitting on the edge of the bed and him holding the iPad and playing a game," Williams told ABC's 20/20. Read more...
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Mallatere Pleads Not Guilty, Posts $40,000 Bond

Published Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:39 pm
Damon Mallatere, the president of Appalachian Hospitality Management at the time of the carbon monoxide deaths in Room 225 of the Best Western in Boone that occurred several months ago, turned himself in Friday just before noon to the Watauga County Magistrate's office. Read more…
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See Bill of Indictment Against Damon Mallatere

Published Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:14 am
Click inside to see the bill of indictment against Damon Mallatere, the president of Appalachian Hospitality Management at the time three people died from carbon monoxide poisoning inside Room 225 of the Best Western in Boone between April and July of 2013. Read more…
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Hotel Executive Faces Three Counts of Involuntary Manslaughter for CO Deaths at Best Western

Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm
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Damon Mallatere, president of Appalachian Hospitality Management, has been charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of assault in relation to the three deaths that are linked to carbon monoxide poisoning inside Room 225 of the Best Western hotel. Read more…
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Boone PD To Present Its Investigative Case File Regarding Best Western CO Deaths to DA’s Office Today

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm
The Boone Police Department will present its investigative case file regarding the carbon monoxide deaths in Room 225 of the Best Western in Boone to the Office of the District Attorney today after wrapping up its criminal probe, according to a release Thursday from the Boone Police Department. Read more...
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Criminal Probe Into Boone Best Western CO Deaths Concluding, DA’s Office Meets With Investigators

Published Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 2:34 pm
District Attorney Jerry Wilson and Chief Prosecutor Britt Springer met with Boone’s Planning and Inspections department, Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford and investigators Andy LeBeau and Chris Hatten yesterday to ask for more information in regards to the tragedies in Room 225 of the Best Western Hotel earlier this year. Read more...
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UPDATE: Contractor’s Board Finishes Investigation of Best Western; Boone PD to Conclude Next Month

Published Monday, September 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm
Contractors, both licensed and unlicensed, could be facing legal action after the conclusion of the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors' investigation into the case of the carbon monoxide-related deaths in room 225 of the Boone Best Western Hotel. Read more...
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N.C. DHHS: No Agency Employees ‘Erred’ Regarding Carbon Monoxide Deaths at Best Western in Boone

Published Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm
Aug. 13, 2013. A spokesman with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said his agency believes no state agency employees “erred” during the investigations into the three carbon monoxide deaths at the Best Western Plus in Boone earlier this year. This determination comes two months after DHHS Director Aldona Wos said these tragedies “should have never happened.” Read more…
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Best Western Now Open; NC General Assembly Passes Measure Requiring CO Detectors in Hotels By October

Published Friday, July 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm
July 26, 2013. The Best Western Plus in Boone, which opened earlier this week, is now accepting reservations. The Best Western was closed to the public for more than a month after three people died from carbon monoxide while staying in Room 225. Read more...
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Best Western Plus in Boone Clear To Open To Public, Hotel Scheduled To Open Early Next Week

Published Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:02 am
July 19, 2013. Todd Miller, building inspector with the Town of Boone, said Boone Planning and Inspections issued a certificate of occupancy Thursday afternoon for the Best Western Plus, where three people died in Room 225 from carbon monoxide, and that the hotel is clear to open to the public. Read more...
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Portfolio of Boone Hotels Listed For Sale That Includes The Best Western Plus and Four Others

Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm
July 17, 2013. A “portfolio” of Boone hotels are listed for sale on the Hotel Assets Group website. Along with the Best Western Plus, where three people recently died from carbon monoxide, the Country Inn & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Sleep Inn and the Super 8 are listed for sale. Read more...
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Boone Town Council Votes to Petition NC Building Code Council to Mandate CO Detectors in Boone Hotels

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm
June 19, 2013. The issue of carbon monoxide detectors in hotel rooms dominated the majority of the Boone Town Council meeting Tuesday night. In light of the tragic deaths at Best Western, the council unanimously passed a motion to petition the N.C. Building Code CouncilRead more...
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Local Medical Examiner Involved in Best Western Autopsies Resigns, DHHS Sec. Wos Releases Statement

Published Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm
June 18, 2013. Last Friday, Dr. Brent Hall, the local medical examiner who performed autopsies on the three individuals who recently died in Room 225 of the Best Western hotel, submitted his resignation to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, according to Ricky Diaz, a spokesman for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more...
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Toxicology Results of Boy Who Died in Best Western: Blood Concentration of CO More Than 60 Percent

Published Friday, June 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm
June 14, 2013. Toxicology results arrived for Jeffery Williams, the 11-year-old boy who died of asphyxia in Room 225 of the Best Western in Boone last Saturday: “The blood concentration of carbon monoxide was greater than 60 percent. Dr. Hall advised that these CO levels would have caused the asphyxia that was noted in the autopsy.” Read more...
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Control of Best Western Reverts Back to Management, Closed To Public Until Water Heater Problems Addressed

Published Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm
June 13, 2013. On Thursday morning, Sgt. Shane Robbins, public information officer for the Boone Police Department, said that control of the Best Western in Boone, where three people died in the past three months from carbon monoxide poisoning, reverted back to owners/operators this morning with some restrictions. Read more...
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DA’s Office Contacted, Criminal Investigation Into Three Deaths in Room 225 of Best Western in Boone Begins

Published Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm
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June 12, 2013. Local, state and federal investigators confirmed that a deficient exhaust system for the pool water heater at the Best Western in Boone led to the deaths of three lodgers who stayed in Room 225 during the past three months. Room 225 is situated above the pool’s mechanical room that houses the water heater. It wasn’t the only room to have elevated carbon monoxide levels, but Room 225 had significantly higher levels that anywhere else in the hotel. Read more...
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Joins Investigation into Room 225 Deaths at Best Western

Published Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm
June 12, 2013. According to the federal organization’s website, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is “charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction [and that] pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard.” Read more...
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Lawyer For Owner of Best Western in Boone Releases Statement: Health and Safety of Guests Are No. 1 Priority

Published Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm
June 11, 2013. Following the three deaths due to carbon monoxide in Room 225 of the Best Western in Boone during the past three months, the local owners have hired Paul Culpepper, a partner with the Hickory-based law firm Young, Morphis, Bach & Taylor. Read more...
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ADHD Director: Elevated Carbon Monoxide Levels in Best Western Fall Outside Public Health Department’s Jurisdiction

Published Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm
June 11, 2013. Beth Lovette, public health director of ADHD, said the violation in the March 6 report related to “ventilation of equipment rooms to provide worker safety only for handling pool chemicals in a semi-confined space.” “Ventilation of any combustion gases from appliances is not part of the health department pool inspection," Lovette said, adding that the issue with elevated carbon monoxide in the hotel room "falls under the N.C. Mechanical Code and is outside of the public health department. Read more...
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‘To Better Understand The Tragic Incidents’ At Best Western, Health Department To Hold Press Conference

Published Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm
June 11, 2013. The Watauga County Health Department will hold a press conference “to better understand the tragic incidents occurring at he Best Western Plus Blue Ridge Plaza,” according to a briefing about the upcoming press conference. The conference begins at 2 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at the health department. Read more...
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Multiple Deaths in Room 225 of Best Western Make Headlines Across the Nation, CNN Live in Boone

Published Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 10:45 am
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June 11, 2013. From locales far away such as Hawaii and Miami to national news outlets such as CNN and Yahoo, reporters across the country are following the recent deaths of three people who passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning in Room 225 of the Best Western in Boone. Read more...
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Carbon Monoxide, Asphyxiation Cause of Death for Three Individuals Who Died in Room 225 at Best Western in Boone

Published Monday, June 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm
June 10, 2013. The cause of the three deaths and one hospitalization that occurred recently inside Room 225 of the Best Western in Boone is carbon monoxide, Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford officially announced at a late afternoon press conference Monday. Read more...
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Son of Elderly Couple ‘Outraged’ That Another Person Died In Same Best Western Room Before Toxicology Results Released

Published Monday, June 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm
June 10, 2013. Doug Jenkins of Olympia said his parents Daryl Dean Jenkins, 73, and Shirley Mae Jenkins, 72, both of Longview, Wash., were vacationing in Boone at the time, and obituaries documented on the website of Hampton Funeral Service confirm that the couple from Longview, Wash., died together on April 16. Read more...
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Investigators ‘Explore All Possibilities’ Regarding Three Deaths, One Hospitalization Occurring In Same Room of Same Boone Hotel Recently

Published Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 8:26 am
June 9, 2013. Investigators are exploring “all possibilities” to figure out if three recent deaths and the hospitalization of another person are related or purely coincidental because all four stayed in the same room in the same Boone hotel over the past three months, according to Sgt. Shane Robbins of the Boone Police Department. Read more...
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