The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 3, 2014

Restaurant fight could see charges

CONNEAUT —

Charges may be filed resulting from a Friday night in a fight inside the King Buffet restaurant between owner and cook that sent two people to the hospital, Conneaut police said.
One of the injured was the cook, who reportedly was struck in the head with a pan filled with food, Police Chief Charles Burlingham said Monday. The owner’s mother was hurt when she reportedly slipped and fell on the food that spilled on the kitchen floor, the chief said.
Both people were transported to UH Conneaut Medical Center for treatment, Burlingham said.
Police were dispatched to the restaurant in the Conneaut Plaza shopping center shortly before 6 p.m., according to a report. A discussion in the kitchen regarding the cook’s schedule quickly heated up and eventually boiled over, Burlingham said. The cook struck the owner with a ladle, and the owner responded by striking his employee with the food tray. The owner suffered some scratches on his neck, the chief said.
A restaurant employee reportedly asked patrons eating in the buffet room to contact authorities, witnesses said. The restaurant was closed Friday night by order of the city health department while staff scrubbed the kitchen, said Sally Kennedy, Conneaut health commissioner. The restaurant reopened Saturday morning after Kennedy conducted a re-inspection.
“(The owner) did a very good job,” Kennedy said Monday. “Anything that could have been contaminated was discarded.”
Law Director Carly Prather said Monday she is reviewing the police report for possible charges.

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