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4 months ago

2 South Bay HomeTown Buffets close due to possible rodents/pest

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) --

Two South Bay HomeTown Buffet restaurants closed abruptly on Friday, but unlike others closed permanently across the country, these two may re-open soon.

Would-be customers found themselves locked out thanks to a sudden closure at two South Bay locations.

"That's crazy, because people on a Friday, after the work week, they want to go out and eat you know," said Josephine Black, a San Jose resident.

At both the Capitol Avenue location in San Jose and the El Camino Real in Santa Clara, there are red signs Bed Bug Killers Pest Control posted from the county saying the restaurants are closed, due to a rodent and/or pest problem.

"They should maintain that every month, have the cockroaches, pest control come and clean and do deep cleaning once a week, period," said San Jose resident Valentina Rodriguez.

Many of those locked out say they are regulars.

"I've been to Santa Clara and I've talked to the manager there quite some time and he says our problem is the workers, and we have a lot of turnover and we don't think they put enough effort into keeping the place clean," said Leonard Caten of San Jose.

Earlier this year, Hometown Buffets in San Diego, Sacramento and other California cities closed abruptly.

The parent company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy three times in the last eight years. A company spokesperson did not return calls for comment.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Campaign launched to crack down on 'Ratman' after worst infestation in 20 years

He has been dubbed Southamptons public enemy number one.

But now the campaign to crackdown on the citys very own Rat Man has been stepped up.

Southampton environmental health bosses are calling on the public to help them take action against the man who it is claimed is responsible for encouraging the spread of rats in the city.

As previously reported by the Daily Echo, the infestation - the worst in 20 years - is thought to be a direct result of one Highfield animal lover who feeds the rodents with large quantities of bread, wheat and bacon.

His feeding sessions are thought to be on an industrial scale, and have led to a campaign by desperate local residents whose

6 months ago

Bedbugs seen in city court, offices

Exterminators were working late Wednesday to get rid of bedbugs spotted inside Toledo Municipal Court and One Government Center downtown.

Lisa Falgiano, court administrator, said exterminators sprayed the entire court building at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

We treated a room last week for bedbugs and we treated a courtroom yesterday, she said. We are going to go ahead and treat the whole building just because we don't know what is going on. We dont have an infestation.

Both visitors to the building and court workers have recently noticed the bugs, Ms. Falgiano said.

Two or three times a year, we will have a member of the public come in and we will see [the bugs] jumping off of them. That is rare, but it does happen a couple times a year, she said.

Rick Akeman, administrator of facility operations for the city, called Frames Pest Control Inc. of Sylvania to treat the court building just after it closed to the public at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The company charges $125 per room before 6 p.m. and $175 a room beginning at 6 p.m., he said. Because it was not yet known Wednesday evening how many rooms would need to be treated, the total cost was not yet known.

They usually have a contract for normal treatments, Mr. Akeman said. Bedbugs are an isolated treatment that you cannot do a preventive treatment for.

Court officials informed city prosecutors working in the courthouse that the critters were present but no one reported receiving bites, Toledo Law Director Adam Loukx said.

I suspect any bedbugs are a problem, Mr. Loukx said. They are insidious little creatures and part of life, unfortunately.

Spokesmen for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, which owns One Government Center, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

Mr. Akeman said the 22-story building that houses city and Lucas County offices had an isolated incident with bedbugs that was treated.

Bedbugs have occasionally shown up at other public buildings.

A September, 2014, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library report stated there were bedbugs at the front desk at the Main Library in early July and a second time in August that year.

Contact Ignazio Messina at:imessina@theblade.comor 419-724-6171 or on Twitter @IgnazioMessina.