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Health department clears Pocahontas motel of bed bugs

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) – The Arkansas Department of Health has cleared the Cottonwood Inn Motel to reopen rooms 133-145 after a bed bug infestation.

According to the ADH, Terminix treated rooms 130-144 for bed bugs on March 30 after a complaint was filed with the Randolph County Department of Health.

The reports stats that the rooms are clean and are ready for occupancy, with the ADH doing a follow-up inspection in 4-6 weeks.

On March 27, during a Region 8 News investigation, a bed bug inspection report obtained from the Randolph County Health Department showed a bed bug infestation at the Cottonwood Inn Motel in Pocahontas.

Bed bugs were traced in multiple rooms with each room identical in nature. Page after page of the report was classified with a stage 3 inspection ranking, with inspectors observing live bugs, blood spots, and eggs in several rooms.

Inspectors were not allowed to exam the owner's private quarters, but the owners did agree to have the unit treated.

For the past several years, Black River Technical College has rented rooms from the inn to house officers going through the police academy training program. "We have about 32 that have to stay locally overnight because it's too far to drive. So they stay here and we've been able to house them at the Cottonwood Inn," said BRTC Vice President Roger Johnson.

It was after some concerns were brought up by some of the officers, that college officials felt the need to contact the Randolph County Health Department.

The health department filed the update bringing the Cottonwood Inn into compliance on Monday.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you any new details as soon as they become available.

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