Health department clears Pocahontas motel of bed bugs

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

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

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

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

Bed bugs were traced in multiple rooms with each roomidentical in nature. Page after page of the report was classified with a stage3 inspection ranking, with inspectors observing live bugs, blood spots, andeggs in several rooms.

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

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

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

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

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

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