NC board hears evidence about a number of errors that led to 3 deaths at Boone motel


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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — A board deciding whether to suspend or revoke the license of a contractor has shed new light on errors that led to three people dying from carbon monoxide poisoning in the same Boone motel room.

The Charlotte Observer ( ) reported that the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating & Fire Sprinkler Contractors heard the case in May and decided to suspend Dale Winkler's license for at least a year. He is appealing.

Former motel manager Damon Mallatere asked Winkler to inspect for gas leaks or a stopped up exhaust pipe after two people died in a room at the Best Western in Boone in April 2013. Winkler found nothing, and a third person died in the room a month later.

Mallatere is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer,

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