Last year when I learned that ads for Trumbull County spas were in the Akron and Cleveland newspapers, I was stunned and ashamed that we permitted it. I cheered for us as many were closed last summer.
Then I saw in the July 19 article: Niles police Capt. Ken Criswell said Chong Suk Williams attempted to bribe inspectors during their visits to the Youngstown-Warren Road location.
He said she placed a "substantial amount" of money on a fire inspector's clipboard after their first visit to the spa. On the second visit, he said an even larger amount was given to the inspector and referred to it as "lunch money."
The issues that were found were serious: unsanitary conditions, lack of massage instruments, unlabeled pill bottles, drug paraphernalia, withholding taxes from 2007 to 2012, improper wiring and lack of functioning smoke detectors.
I'd like to recognize the integrity and honor that the Niles inspectors showed by reporting the bribes at the Susi Kim's Spa on Route 422. Our Valley has had a reputation for corruption and legal brothels, and I am so proud to see that our officials are declining bribes and doing the right thing.
Our Niles inspectors are a model for our children and our Valley.