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Health department declares Clairton house bug free

Michael DiVittorio
| Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 4:17 a.m.

A once-cockroach-infested house in Clairton has been inspected and declared clear of bugs by the Allegheny County Health Department, the son of the building's owner said.

“I've met with the county about four times,” Guy Benack said. “I complied with everything everybody wanted. It was cleared by the county.”

Benack manages the property at 745 Waddell Ave. for his father, Guido Benack.

Clairton code enforcement officer George Glagola said Tuesday that he had contacted the county health department but had not received a response.

Guy Benack said the county health department informed his family via letter more than a month ago that the building was clear.

He said he's not sure why city officials were not informed.

“They all should have gotten a copy of that letter,” Benack said.

ACHD housing division officials were unavailable at presstime.

City officials condemned the building on Sept. 5, three days after the infestion was discovered at the home, which at the time was occupied by Cindy and David Nehila and their four children.

Exterminators from Budget Pest Control and Allegheny Pest Control have treated the house and neighboring properties.

The Nehilas were charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of children, and the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families ordered the Nehilas to attend parenting classes in October.

They each pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct. Other charges were withdrawn at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin.

Attorney William James Helzlouer said the Nehilas have cooperated with CYF, and that the case is closed.

Waddell Avenue residents Maria Campano and Marie Robinson said they would like to see the house demolished.

Guy Benack said no final decision has been made.

In September, council unanimously authorized city solicitor J. Deron Gabriel to investigate all legal remedies available to the city for its actions in dealing with the infestation. The city has yet to take any other legal actions.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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