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Florida eatery closed by roach infestation tries to hide health warning with sign

Published: Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 12:40 PM

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A Florida restaurant was caught trying to cover up a health inspector’s sign after it was shut down by a cockroach infestation, according to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

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Inspectors forced Jaxon Social in in Jacksonville Beach to close on July 18 after they found 23 live roaches and 35 dead roaches in the kitchen.

“It’s eat up with roaches,” said former Jaxon Social cook Brian Lee.

A former employee later sent a photo that showed a handwritten sign on the restaurant’s door. It covered the orange health notice left by inspectors.

The handwritten sign said, “Closed for technical difficulties.”

Officials said an inspector found the covered sign during a recent follow-up inspection. Kathleen Keenan, deputy director of communications for DBPR, said a division inspector spoke to the restaurant’s operator, and the health notice has since been properly displayed.

The restaurant has undergone at least seven inspections since it was closed. An inspector determined as recently as Wednesday that there were still too many live roaches to reopen the restaurant.

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“If you open one of the refrigerator doors and pop open the seal, they fall out like,” Lee said. “It’s like you’ve torn the corner off a bag of Skittles. It’s disgusting.”

The restaurant’s owner said exterminators were brought into the restaurant Wednesday and that it should reopen after another inspection Friday.

The owner said that the restaurant be re-branded before it opens again.

According to Department of State records, the restaurant is licensed as KC Crave, LLC.

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DP&L rate increase hearings scheduled: What you need to know

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:56 AM


There will be two local hearings next month on a Dayton Power & Light requested rate increase.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has scheduled public hearings on the rate increase request — at 1 p.m. May 8, at the Dayton Municipal Building, 101 W. Third St., and then at 6 p.m. May 10, also at the municipal building.

The public will be able to testify at these hearings. The rate case affects some 459,000 residential electricity consumers in the Dayton area.

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The Office of the Ohio Consumers Counsel (OCC) has asked the PUCO to have DP&L and other Ohio utilities to offset or reduce their rates in light of the last year’s federal corporate income tax cuts.

In November 2015, DP&L filed a rate case asking the PUCO to allow increases in DP&L’s electric distribution rates to its customers.

DP&L proposed to collect $65.8 million more from consumers for electric distribution service — service that includes poles, wires, meters and other distribution infrastructure and equipment — than it does each year today.

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A typical DP&L residential consumer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity would pay about $4.07 more per month, or about $50 per year, under DP&L’s proposal, according to the OCC.

PUCO staff, in March, proposed an annual increase for DP&L of between $23.2 and $28.1 million.

Earlier this month, the OCC raised its own objections, recommending a rate decrease for consumers. The office recommended that DP&L collect $560,000 less from consumers than is today being collected annually, citing the recent federal corporate income tax cut.

The PUCO has a hearing scheduled in Columbus for May 14, to hear testimony on the federal tax question.

After the hearings, the PUCO will make a decision on the rates.

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As nearby states battle hepatitis A outbreaks, is Ohio next?

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

Thirty one cases have been reported in Ohio.

The number of hepatitis A cases in Ohio and neighboring states has spiked since January, the Ohio Department of Health reported, concerning some local public health officials.

There have been 47 cases across the state, the highest since 2015, according to the state. In comparison, there were five cases during the same period in 2017, two in 2016 and five in 2015. Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is usually transmitted by person-to-person through contact with an infected person’s stool, or consumption of contaminated food or water, the release said.

“One thing you want to do is make sure your food is thoroughly cooked,” said Dan Suffoletto, public information supervisor at Public Health–Dayton & Montgomery County.

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In 2017, there was one case of hepatitis A in Montgomery County, and two cases in 2018 so far. The cases have not specifically been linked to other state outbreaks, Suffoletto said. He said there is a vaccine available for people who are at risk for contracting hepatitis A.

“You can even get it here at public health,” he said.

Ohio is the latest state to be affected by the Hepatitis A outbreak. Neighboring states such as Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan have all been affected. California and Utah are also experiencing outbreaks. The cases have primarily occurred in people who are homeless, using injecting and non-injection drugs, and their close direct contacts, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus, the hepatitis A virus. Approximately one-third of United States citizens have evidence of prior hepatitis A infection, and 100 deaths are attributed to hepatitis A every year, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Dr. Jonathan Pope, an infectious diseases specialist for Premier Physicians Network, said since the early 2000s, all children are vaccinated for hepatitis A and adults at risk should also get vaccinated. People who have been exposed or who have hepatitis B or C should also be vaccinated.

“It’s important to know that if you get it, most likely you’ll recover,” he said.

Symptoms include fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, low-grade fever and yellowing skin. A blood test can confirm a diagnosis.

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While some cases in Ohio have been linked to other state outbreaks, Ohio is not having an outbreak. In neighboring Kentucky, approximately 311 cases have been reported since August 2017 — with the outbreak centered in Jefferson County. In Indiana, about 40 cases have been reported, according to the State Department of Health.

A confirmed case of hepatitis A includes both a positive laboratory test and symptom onset, with either jaundice or elevated liver function tests. Outbreaks have been linked to contact with known hepatitis A case; homelessness; IV drug use; and men who have sex with men, according to the CDC.

The rate of hepatitis A has dramatically decreased in Ohio and nationwide in the past 15 years. One major outbreak of hepatitis A in Ohio occurred in 1998, when three outbreaks were reported — involving 210 people. Then due to a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A in 2003, 34 percent of Ohio cases with symptom onset in that year were suspected to be involved in an outbreak.

“The best way to prevent hepatitis A among high-risk individuals is to get vaccinated,” said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the hepatitis A vaccine for all children at age 1 and for at-risk individuals.” 

Historically, widespread epidemics of acute hepatitis A have occurred in the United States approximately every 10 years. The last epidemic occurred in 1989. Since 1995, the incidence of hepatitis A has been declining and has been at an all-time low since 1998, most likely due to the increased utilization of the hepatitis A vaccine, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

How does hepatitis A occur?

• Eating food made by an infected person who did not wash his or her hands after using the bathroom

• Drinking untreated water or eating food washed in untreated water

• Placing a finger or an object in your mouth that came into contact with an infected person’s stool

• Having close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill

Source: Green County Health Department


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Charming Charlie emerges from bankruptcy, but there’s a catch

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:00 AM


Charming Charlie is no longer bankrupt, but there’s a catch.

The popular teen jewelry and accessories retail said it successfully completed its financial restructuring, emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. However, it closed around 100 stores in the process and reduced its corporate employee number, the chain announced.

“Today marks a fresh start for Charming Charlie as we emerge as a stronger, more focused organization that is better positioned to serve customers in our 264 stores across the country,” said Lana Krauter, CEO, Charming Charlie.

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Lenders now have majority ownership in the company, with the majority equity holder being THL Credit.

“We are pleased the creditors were able to come to an agreement that positions Charming Charlie with a new management team, a stronger balance sheet and an improved retail footprint,” said Christopher Flynn, CEO of THL Credit. “We are confident in the company’s underlying fundamentals, and believe Lana’s deep experience will provide strong leadership as Charming Charlie pursues the growth opportunities we see for the business going forward.”

Charming Charlie has locations in Beavercreek, Cincinnati, Columbus, Fairfield Twp. and Mason. Dozens of retailers have filed for bankruptcy this year including: ToysRUs, The Limited, Gymboree, Wet Seal, RadioShack, Gander Mountain and Payless.


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Charter offers gigabit broadband connection

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 8:44 AM


Charter Communications, Inc. says it’s offering a 1 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) broadband connection to area homes.

The connection is priced at $104.99 a month for new customers and available to some 23 million homes, including Dayton and Southwestern Ohio, Charter said in a release.

“Spectrum’s state-of-the-art, fiber-rich network allows us to deploy dramatically faster broadband speeds, including gigabit connections, broadly and rapidly,” Tom Rutledge, Charter Communications chairman and chief executive, said in a company release. “As consumer demands for bandwidth and capacity grow, our world-class network is best-positioned to meet these demands, today and into the future.”

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With the connection, customers will have access to faster Internet speeds for video games, music and multiple devices, the company said.

Spectrum Internet Gig is offered with no data caps or contracts, includes a modem and free in-home WiFi, and is backed by a “30-day money back guarantee.” Charter said.

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