Victory Inn fined for health violations PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:27
File photo. Jamal Garmo, left, of Victory Inn in court with his attorney. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Victory Inn is to pay $3,000 in fines and must submit quality control reports on a monthly basis after a series of health violations.
The sentence was handed down by Bowling Green Municipal Court Judge Mark Reddin on Tuesday.
The owner of the Victory Inn & Suites pleaded no contest in September to five violations brought by the Wood County Health Department. The Wood County Auditor's Office lists the hotel as being owned by the Bowling Green Lodge Limited Liability Company; Jamal "Jimmy" Garmo, Phoenix, Ariz., is the owner of the hotel, as well as a dozen other properties largely in Arizona and Michigan.
Garmo did not appear in court on Tuesday.
"The health department was key in getting this done," City Prosecutor Matt Reger said after the sentencing.
"They've been working on this since 2006."
The hotel, 1630 E. Wooster St., had been under fire after a number of health violations came to light, including bedbugs, plumbing, and electrical problems, as well as cleanliness issues and a lack of smoke alarms.
At the plea hearing in September, Reger detailed other allegations, including accumulated dog feces in the yard, water stains, discarded cigarette butts and stained bedding.
Reddin sentenced the hotel to pay $1,000 on each of the five separate counts, with $2,000 being stayed; a $14,000 fine on a related probation violation was also stayed. Both stays are on the condition that no further health violations be found.
The business was put on five years probation and is to submit monthly quality control reports.
"We've come a long way here," Reger said in court, noting the work on the part of the ownership "to make this a livable and workable hotel."
Defense attorney Harold Hanna, who was joined at the defense table by Skip Fehse, controller for Garmo's properties, said that in the last 100 days there has been more than $35,000 put into the hotel in improvements.
"We wanted to impress upon the court that we are making every effort to begin," said Hanna, who noted "continued improvement" at the hotel.
The fines are to be paid by Jan. 11, 2014.

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