WSMH FOX 66 on Facebook WSMH FOX 66 Twitter WSMH FOX 66 RSS Feed WSMH FOX 66 Mailing List
 

FOX 66 News at Ten

WSMH FOX 66 :: News - News at Ten - Victims of bed bug infestation get legal help
Victims of bed bug infestation get legal help

WNEM TV5 has a follow-up to the ongoing bed bug problem at a local senior housing complex.


Tenants at Maplewood Manor in Saginaw say they've asked for help getting rid of the pests for some time but no one is listening.


And now, after months of complaints, some legal help is on the way.


Less than 24 hours after TV5's report aired, representatives from Legal Services of Eastern Michigan went to Maplewood Manor to speak with the residents, who are their new clients.


"You can't sleep with bed bugs, I found that out," said Tom Kennedy, president of the Maplewood Manor Residents Association.


Kennedy and other residents at Maplewood say they've been living with bed bugs for far too long. "I've had mine for over two years," said Kennedy.


As TV5 reported in our Tough Questions investigation on Tuesday, they've complained to the Saginaw County Housing Commission who owns the building, but they say nothing has been done to get rid of the bugs. Now they've called in reinforcements.


"We had some of the tenants come to us and explain the situation," said attorney Dan Straka, with Legal Services of Eastern Michigan. "Once we figured out it was the entire building, we decided to take on the tenants as a client."


Legal Services of Eastern Michigan announced Wednesday it will represent the residents.


Straka met with them just hours after TV5's story aired. "Our priority is to get the bed bugs eliminated," said Straka.


Most residents at Maplewood are senior citizens on fixed incomes. Some have had to throw out mattresses and other furniture because they were infested with bed bugs, and they want to be reimbursed for the expense.


"I threw out two sets of twin mattresses. A lot of people spent money on sprays," explained Kennedy.


"There's no doubt. Some people came here with nothing, now they've got even less," said Sherry Tucker, who lives in another building run by the Saginaw Housing Commission. She says they also had a bed bug problem and had to call in legal services to get action. She says they were a big help. "It was a nightmare ... it's kind of easing up now," Tucker said.


Residents at Maplewood are hoping for the same improvement sometime soon.


"What our residents want is this situation taken care of so we have no more bed bugs," said Kennedy.


Even though legal services is now involved, TV5 is told there's not going to be a lawsuit just yet. 


Lawyers want to try to negotiate with the Saginaw Housing Commission to get the matter taken care of before heading to court.


TV5 reporter Kristin Moore spoke to the executive director of the housing commission on Wednesday. She did not want to comment on this new development but told TV5 that they have been trying to resolve the problem.


Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved.

Victims of bed bug infestation get legal help

Friday, November 8 2013, 09:31 AM EST

National News Headlines

Human remains found in search for planes that collided off Southern California
Divers searching in the water off Southern California found human remains and debris on Sunday from the wreckage of a midair collision involving two small planes.

Chicago police: 4 shot outside home, 1 in critical condition
Police say four young people have been shot outside a home in Chicago and one is in critical condition.

The Latest: Dead ID'd in shooting after Mississippi parade
The Latest on a shooting in south Mississippi after a Mardi Gras parade (all times local): 7 p.m.

2 dead, 4 hurt in shooting after Mississippi Mardi Gras parade, police say
South Mississippi police say a shooting after a Mardi Gras parade in Pass Christian has left two people dead and four others wounded.

NYC man killed by falling crane eulogized as generous, kind
A pedestrian killed by a collapsing crane was eulogized Sunday as a man of kindness and generosity as the final remnants of the crumpled steel were removed from the Manhattan street where they fell.

Sheriff: Texas teen kills mom, 2 neighbors, then himself
A 19-year-old killed his mother and two neighbors before turning his gun on himself in a shooting that brought SWAT and various emergency vehicles to a rural area in Texas, authorities said Sunday.

Former court clerk ordered to pay back $1M, at $600 a month
A Mississippi judge says a former court clerk who pleaded guilty to embezzlement must pay back more than $1 million, at $600 a month.

Police: 2 dead in shooting after parade in Mississippi
South Mississippi police say a shooting after a Mardi Gras parade in Pass Christian (kris-TYANH) has claimed two lives and left four wounded.

New England to get brunt of snowstorm heading east
Forecasters say southeast Massachusetts could get the brunt of a snowstorm that's heading for the east coast.

Thousands of NY state sex offenders due to disappear from public registry
The names of thousands of New York State sex offenders are due to come off a public registry, prompting demands for a change in the law.

Plagued by delays, California high-speed rail heads back to court
California voters embraced the idea of building the nation's first real high-speed rail system, which promised to whisk travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours, a trip that can take six hours or more by car. Eight years after they approved funding for it, construction is years behind schedule and legal, financial and logistical delays plague the $68 billion project.

VA demands proof World War II combat vet with Purple Heart served in military
The VA won’t pay benefits to a World War II vet in his 90s who was wounded in combat and earned a Purple Heart.

'God Bless America' signs fly after atheist group targets post office banner
A Midwestern community united in a show of patriotism after an atheist organization targeted a local post office’s “God Bless America” poster.

At least 3 killed in fight at complex; bats, sticks used
Authorities say at least three people were killed after a fight broke out among a group of people wielding sticks and bats at a large apartment complex in Marin City, north of San Francisco.

States taking action to keep guns out of abusers' hands
More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation's highly polarized debate over guns.

Arcane NJ law prevents retired cops from carrying concealed weapon
New Jersey’s arcane gun law is preventing some retired cops from getting a permit to carry concealed weapons, according to a published report.

The Latest: Freeway reopens with demolition of LA bridge
The Latest on the demolition of the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles (all times local): 10:15 a.m.

Man shoots Ohio police officer before he's found dead in car
Authorities say a man shot an Ohio police officer before he was found dead in his car from a gunshot wound.

Plagued by delays, California high-speed rail back in court
It's been eight years since California voters approved funding for the nation's first real high-speed rail system.

Texas newspaper plans to publish names, addresses of police officers
A Texas newspaper announced its plans Saturday to publish the names and addresses of every San Antonio police officer following a deadly officer-involved shooting last week.

News at Ten Stories

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix