NHC Courthouse Closed Thursday Due To Bed Bugs

WECT.com (Wilmington, NC)
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC - A New Hanover County judge said there is not a bed bug outbreak at the courthouse as first thought.  Instead, a carpet beetle infestation appears to be the issue.

Judge J.H. Corpening says those should be easier to kill and the courthouse will be back open tomorrow.

The courthouse closed Thursday for an extermination process.  According to the District Attorney's Office, all district court cases will be continued to a later date.  Some staff members, however, were at the courthouse filing.

According to the county, Superior Court will be relocated to the Historic Courthouse, 24 N. Third Street.

Civil filings, to include emergency protective orders, will be processed at the Office of Juvenile Justice, located at 138 N. Fourth Street.

Warrant service and magistrate proceedings will be facilitated from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, 3950 Juvenile Center Road.

Court personnel noticed the problem in a work area and alerted NHC Property Management.

"County staff are working closely with exterminators to ensure the facility will be ready for normal operations on Friday," said Jerome Fennell, Director of Property Management.

Employees are expecting about 1,000 people to flow in and out of the courthouse Friday.