Bedbugs found at lockup, Supreme Court

Rosie Mullaley
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It seems bedbugs are making their way through the justice system in St. John’s.
Months after they were detected at provincial court in Atlantic Place, the bugs have now been spotted at both Newfoundland Supreme Court and the St. John’s Lockup.

FILE - This Aug. 19, 2010 file photo shows adult bed bugs crawling on a piece of paper. The Associated Press photo

According to three sheriff’s officers, who didn’t want to be named, a bedbug was seen at around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon crawling on a male sheriff’s officer’s sleeve at Supreme Court. That prompted administrators to call in a sniffer dog, which checked the historic building.”

“It was one (bedbug),” chief administrative officer Pamela Ryder-Lahey told The Telegram Friday. “Within the hour, we had the dog in and the building was cleared.”

She said the dog was brought to the building again Thursday but no other bedbugs were detected.

However, according to sheriff’s officers, the dog did sniff out bedbugs in the lockup.

“It’s unsettling,” a sheriff’s officer said. “We don’t know if we’re bringing these home.”

Sheriff’s officers escort up to a dozen inmates from the lockup to provincial court and Supreme Court each day.

“We have to pat these inmates down each time, so (bedbugs) could easily get on us,” the officer said. “And the worst thing is, we don’t know just how bad the problem is.”

Capt. Barry Whitty, who is in charge at the lockup, was not available Friday afternoon to answer questions.

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