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June 12, 2005
The Orange County Health Care Agency can shut down food facilities for as long as the owners fail to correct conditions that pose a danger to public health. Here are the restaurants closed last month: *--* Name/Address Date closed- Reason for reopened closure *--* *--* Taqueria Mexico 5/2-5/13 Cockroach infestation 12538 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove *--* *--* Minute King Market 5/3-5/3 Cockroach infestation 3530 Irvine Ave.
May 19, 2005 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County care facility for developmentally disabled children was cited for alleged abuse by the state health department Wednesday after an investigation of a resident's death in 2004. Baker House in Pedley received "A" and "AA," citations, the latter being the most severe under state law, for the death of a resident and the injury of another, both on May 5, 2004. The citations carry a combined fine of $35,000.
May 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The owner and production manager of a Santa Ana motorcycle parts manufacturing company have been charged with illegally dumping hazardous waste into a sewer line. Donald R. Markland, 67, owner of Markland Manufacturing Inc., and production manager Keith E. Reineke, 54, allegedly released materials from the company's treatment plant -- including nickel, copper, lead and arsenic -- that ended up in an Orange County Sanitation District processing facility.
April 9, 2005 | Nicholas Shields, Times Staff Writer
Denouncing them as outlaws, Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has announced the filing of criminal charges against the landlords of five apartment buildings for a slew of alleged health and safety code violations. A total of 72 counts were filed against the owners of the buildings in the Pico-Union and Mid-Wilshire areas, Delgadillo said. The case involves 188 rental units. The city attorney said the violations included cockroach infestation, defective plumbing and trash accumulation.
March 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman at a Wendy's restaurant bit into a part of a human finger while eating chili Tuesday night, Santa Clara County health officials said. She spit it out and warned other diners to stop eating, witnesses said. Officials said the fingertip was about 1 3/8 inches long. They believe that it belongs to a woman because of the long, manicured nail. Health investigators seized all of the ingredients at the restaurant and were tracing them back to their manufacturers.
January 21, 2005 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Southern California's chief air pollution regulator filed a $184- million lawsuit Thursday against BP, alleging that the company had continually failed to fully inspect its Carson refinery for leaks of smog-forming chemicals. It is the second such legal action by the South Coast Air Quality Management District against BP in two years. Together, the suits seek $597 million in penalties from the company, formerly known as BP-Arco.
November 27, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
W.R. Grace & Co., which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001 amid thousands of asbestos-related claims, said it might be indicted in a probe of alleged environmental violations and obstruction of government proceedings in connection with a Montana mine. "The government is asserting that it has substantial evidence linking the company to the commission of a crime," Columbia, Md.-based W.R. Grace said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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