Niles parlor owner jailed

WARREN – The owner of a Niles massage parlor arrested last week near Pittsburgh was moved Monday to the Trumbull County Jail.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos issued the arrest warrant last month for Chong S. Williams, 71, owner of Suzi Kim’s, after she failed to appear for court hearings connected to allegations that she tried to bribe an inspector with the Niles Fire Department. She is charged with two counts of felony bribery.

Court officials previously told a Tribune Chronicle reporter they had been informed that Williams, of Mercer, Pa., was in Korea. She was arrested at Pittsburgh International Airport in Allegheny County and taken to the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh.

She is scheduled to appear before Kontos at 8:30 a.m. Monday for an arraignment / pretrial hearing.

On Tuesday, Thomas Cool Bail Bonding LLC asked the court to revoke Williams’ $10,000 bond.

Williams was indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury in December. According to reports, Andrew Bickerstaff, a fire safety inspector with the Niles Fire Department, conducted an inspection of the spa on July 10. He said Williams tried to give him $230 after the inspection showed electrical violations at the Youngstown Warren Road business.

During the inspection, Bickerstaff said he found extension cords and adapters that violated Ohio fire code. Bickerstaff said he noted the violations on his report and Williams signed it.

As he was leaving, Bickerstaff said an employee with County Fire Protection tried to give him $230, saying Williams wanted him to have it.

Bickerstaff photographed the money and refused to accept it.

Two days later, Bickerstaff returned to the spa with a police officer to find the violations had been fixed. As the pair was leaving, Bickerstaff said Williams twice tried to hand him cash, which she called “lunch money.”

Bickerstaff said the police officer witnessed both attempted transactions.