two charged with exploring abandoned Days Inn Montour County _ 2020

Photo of the Days Inn in Valley Township, Montour County, prior to its closing in 2014. The hotel has been abandoned since then, and the Days Inn signs are now painted black. The hotel recently attracted urban explorers who were charged with trespassing. 

Danville, Pa. – Two people from Northumberland County were charged for trespassing at an abandoned hotel off the Danville exit of I-80 in Valley Township, Montour County.

Pennsylvania State Police at Milton responded to a report of trespassers shortly after 4 p.m. March 10 on the premises of the former Days Inn at 50 Sheraton Road.

Police found Randon T. Knutson, 19, of Shamokin, and a 17-year-old juvenile from Northumberland at the property. Upon taking them into custody, police found both were in possession of marijuana and related drug paraphernalia. Both were charged with criminal trespass, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The abandoned hotel has been closed since 2014, but it has attracted numerous people coming in to explore. Police noted in a public information release that the hotel has gained popularity online as a place for people to explore.

However, the hotel is private property and no trespassing signs are posted. The property owners closely monitor the hotel, police said. The property owners have been notifying state police each time they see someone on their property. Police said the property owners have told them they want to have each trespasser prosecuted.

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