Tagged: lead violations

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against Three City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the Maryland Department of the Environment:

MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units and provides blood lead surveillance through a registry of test results of all children tested in Maryland. Alleged violations typically involve a failure to register properties or meet lead risk reduction standards.

The following actions were for properties alleged to be out of compliance with lead risk reduction standards:

  • Joseph Nwoga and Susan Nwoga – 3 affected properties, $33,000 for alleged violations.
  • Bernard Austin and Constance Young – 2 affected properties, $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • George W. Johnson III and Anita Johnson – 2 affected properties, $16,500 for alleged violations.

You can read the full press release here.

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 18 City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the Maryland Department of the Environment:

MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units and provides blood lead surveillance through a registry of test results of all children tested in Maryland. Alleged violations typically involve a failure to register properties or meet lead risk reduction standards. The following actions were for properties alleged to be out of compliance with lead risk reduction standards:

  • Felicia Thomas: 2 affected properties, $15,000 for alleged violations.
  • Schaefer-Nevada, Inc.: 1 affected property, $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Tima Hawes, Michael Brown and Black Lotus Development, Inc.: 2 affected properties, $22,000 for alleged violations.
  • Malcolm R. Hill and Jacqueline Hill: 4 affected properties, $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Bernard Amernick: 25 affected properties, $21,500 for alleged violations.
  • James L. Davis: 2 affected properties, $22,000 for alleged violations.
  • William R. Hill: 8 affected properties, $10,300 for alleged violations.
  • Donna Sekora and Heather Sekora: 11 affected properties, The defendants agreed to a penalty of $6,000.
  • Rodwell A. Bailey: 2 affected properties, The defendant agreed to a penalty of $8,250.
  • Team Fisher Enterprises, LLC: 1 affected property, $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Joseph Rehak: 2 affected properties, $12,500 for alleged violations.
  • Ree and Mei Investments, Inc.: 4 affected properties, $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Kenneth Jenkins: 1 affected property, $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Simple Life Us, Inc.: 2 affected properties, $32,000 for alleged violations.
  • William Wright, Jr.: 6 affected properties, $27,000 for alleged violations.
  • Robert A. Fisher and Team Fisher Properties, LLC: 8 affected properties, $38,500 for alleged violations.
  • Darryl A. Hill and Erica M. Hill: 2 affected properties, $21,000 for alleged violations.
  • Raymond Kozlewski and Patricia Kozlewski: 3 affected properties, $27,500 for alleged violations.

Many thanks to the MDE for their efforts towards a lead-free Baltimore.

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 10 Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the Maryland Department of the Environment:

MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units and provides blood lead surveillance through a registry of test results of all children tested in Maryland. Alleged violations typically involve a failure to register properties or meet lead risk reduction standards. The following actions were for properties alleged to be out of compliance with lead risk reduction standards:

  • Hyacinth Ezeka and Roseline Ezeka: 10 affected properties – On May 18, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead laws and seeking a combined $50,000 for alleged violations.
  • Bruce A. Leventhal and Jeffrey J. Kilpatrick: 1 affected property – On May 18, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $25,000 for alleged violations.
  • MPM Properties, LLC: 6 affected properties – On May 18, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations. [Resident Agent for MPM Properties:  Mara Sue Link.  Company is not in good standing.]
  • 424 53rd LLC: 2 affected properties – On May 29, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $16,000 for alleged violations. [Resident Agent for 424 53rd:  Reza and Farah Maghsadi.  Company is not in good standing.]
  • EHM at Maryland Avenue, LLC: 4 affected properties – On June 8, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $15,000 for alleged violations. [Company is not registered in the state of Maryland.]
  • Katia King: 5 affected properties – On June 8, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $30,000 for alleged violations.
  • Gary R. Scott and Barbara V. Scott: 1 affected property – On June 12, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking a combined $30,000 for alleged violations.
  • Charles P. Austin, Jr.: 2 affected properties – On June 14, 2012, MDE issued an Administrative Complaint, Order and Penalty requiring compliance with Maryland’s lead law and seeking $27,500 for alleged violations.
  • Fidelity Real Estate Corp.: 6 affected properties – On May 30, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendant agreed to a penalty of $6,000.
  • James S. McCarthy & Stacey Ishman: 1 affected property – On June 1, 2012, MDE entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order to resolve alleged violations of Maryland’s lead law. The defendants agreed to a penalty of $10,000.

Read the full press release here.

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 18 City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the Maryland Department of the Environment:

MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units, and provides blood lead surveillance through a registry of test results of all children tested in Maryland. The following actions were for properties alleged to be out of compliance with lead risk reduction standards:

  • Samuel Brannon Jr., 1 affected property, $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Permy Thuha, 1 affected property, $32,500 for alleged violations.
  • Aeron Alberti and Gregory Wolf, 7 affected properties, $18,000 for alleged violations.
  • Cathedral Court, LLC, 1 affected property, $300,000 for alleged violations.
  • Albert R. Peltier, Oliver Robinson, and Gerald H. Mathis, 3 affected properties, $38,000 for alleged violations.
  • Zenith Properties, LLC, 10 affected properties, $17,500 for alleged violations.
  • Kevin Richards and Vivian Richards, 3 affected properties, $40,000 for alleged violations.
  • Eleanor Schieferstein, 7 affected properties, $33,000 for alleged violations.
  • Gwendolyn L. Noble and Jay Noble, 1 affected property, $35,000 for alleged violations.
  • Anthony Francis, 1 affected property, $22,000 for alleged violations.
  • Bonnie A. Engelman and Ashley Blair Engelman, 1 affected property, $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Nicholas G. Lodowski, 15 affected properties, $9,000. The penalty has been paid.

In addition, the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program accredits and enforces performance standards for inspectors and contractors working in lead hazard reduction. The following actions are  for contractors and inspectors alleged to be out of compliance with state regulations:

A.S.B. Enterprises, LLC and W A Low Lead Inspection

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 18 City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the MDE’s press release:

MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units, and provides blood lead surveillance through a registry of test results of all children tested in Maryland. The following actions were for properties alleged to be out of compliance with lead risk reduction standards:

  • Lee D. Higginbotham – Baltimore City:  6 affected properties, $17,000 for alleged violations.
  • Barnie Sherrod – Baltimore City:  1 affected property, $20,000 for alleged violations.
  • Amadou Diallo – Baltimore City:  5 affected properties, $21,000 for alleged violations.
  • Gregory Hairston – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties, $12,000 for alleged violations.
  • D & D Management, Inc. & Walter Goodwich – Baltimore City:  8 affected properties, $45,000 for alleged violations.
  • Jennifer Whelan & JR Realty, LLC – Baltimore City:  1 affected property, $11,000 for alleged violations.
  • Gene Yarborough & Mariko Yarborough – Baltimore City:  1 affected property, $22,000 for alleged violations.
  • Tamera Roberts – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties, $17,000 for alleged violations.
  • Clinton H. Clark, Sr. & Margaret Clark – Baltimore City:  1 affected property, $20,000 for alleged violations.
  • Kassandra Jarvi – Baltimore City:  1 affected property, $15,000 for alleged violations.
  • Martina V. Reed – Baltimore City:  1 affected property, $27,500 for alleged violations.
  • Arif Naseem & Nayyirah Naseem – Baltimore City:  9 affected properties, $16,500 for alleged violations.
  • Christian Kaikai – Baltimore City:  4 affected properties, $24,000 for alleged violations.
  • Eric Pelletier – Baltimore City:  2 affected properties, $25,000 for alleged violations.
  • Keith Wilson – Baltimore City:  39 affected properties, $30,000 for alleged violations.
  • Skywalk Properties, LLC – Baltimore City:  16 affected properties, $67,500 for alleged violations.
  • Chivalry Investments, LLC – Baltimore City:  25 affected properties, $30,000 for alleged violations.
  • Chesmal, LLC – Baltimore City:  31 affected properties, $20,000 for alleged violations.

As usual, we thank Secretary Shari T. Wilson and her staff for their hard work towards keeping Baltimore City’s children free from lead paint risks.

MDE Fines Two Baltimore City Property Owners

According to an April 1 press release, the Maryland Department of the Environment fined two Baltimore City property owners for lead paint violations.  The citations were for 10 affected properties, and fines totaled $18,000.  Kudos to MDE for making landlords comply with lead safety standards!  The two property owners named were Khadija Saka and Kayvonne Whyte.

MDE Fines Seven Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Violations

The following Baltimore City property owners were held accountable for their failure to comply with Maryland’s lead abatement laws (read MDE press release here):

1.  Anthony Guy

2.  Jeffrey V. Vogel

3.  Gloria Foster

4.  Charlotte Brome

5.  Ronald F. Lee, Jr. and Geneva G. Lee

6.  Willco Management Holdings, LLC

7.  Richard Williams

These citations (from December 2008) are important, because lead paint is one of the leading causes of neurological damage among children in Baltimore City.  Contrary to a common myth, lead paint poisoning isn’t caused only by ingesting the paint chips.  It can also be caused by breathing in lead dust.  If you suspect your child has been exposed to lead paint, have him or her tested by a physician immediately.

Information for Parents on Lead Paint

Information for Property Owners on Lead Paint