Top 3 Headlines on January 28

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Accident Closes Section of Route 33

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Virginia State Police responded to car crash at 10:40 p.m. Monday night, near the intersection of Spotswood Trail and Cross Keys Road.

Police say William Summerfield II of Penn Laird, was driving eastbound on US 33 when he ran off the road and flipped over.

The trooper on the scene says Summerfield was thrown out of the sunroof. Police say it appears, he was not wearing his seat belt.

Police say Summerfield was flown to U Va. Medical Center in critical condition.

Police say they do not know if alcohol or speed were a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.


Local Hotel Investigated for Bed Bugs

Reporter: Channing Frampton

LURAY, Va. (WHSV) -- Bed bugs have been reported in a local hotel, but the hotel's manager said his rooms are clean.  

Chris Stover, who works with human resources with Niche Enterprises, said he saw the bed bugs while staying at The Best Western in Luray as he and his construction crew dealt with the pests twice.

This image in this article was taken by that crew and they reported the bugs to the health department.

"I just want something done so that no other family or no other person has to deal with the bed bug issues, because it's just not sanitary," shared Stover.

He said his workers were bitten by bed bugs while staying at Best Western; a claim the health department looked into as soon as it was reported.

"We carefully inspected the room and did not find any bed bugs," explained Dr. Charles Devine, III with the Lord Fairfax Health District, “It's possible that there were, in fact, bed bugs maybe left by the last person to occupy the room and only a very small number were present."

Despite this first report in Page County in the past year, the hotel manager sent us this statement:

"After an isolated guest complaint, we took the room out of service while our pest control vendor and health department inspected it. Neither found any evidence of bed bugs. We take these kind of matters very seriously. The health, safety and comfort of our guests and employees is our number one priority."

One of the first things you want to do before climbing into bed is make sure it's clean.

If you want to find the bugs, you have to take a look at the mattress.

Lift up the sheets and find the seam where the mattress comes together.

That's where the bugs like to hide while waiting to make a meal out of you.

Knowing that, Stover and his crew said they'll be checking their sheets twice before staying in a hotel bed again.

"Bed bugs are a huge issue. Once you stay in a hotel room, you have a chance of bringing them back to your house,” Stover concluded.

The hotel's attorney added that the rooms in Luray are clean and that no bed bugs can be found.


Man Arrested After Warrant Executed

Reporter: Jeff Williamson

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A Port Republic man is in jail facing five felony charges.

The NOVA/ICAC task force, which is composed of investigators from the Virginia State Police, Harrisonburg Police Department and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant in the 11000 block of Port Republic Road as a part of an ongoing investigation into illicit pictures and other online communications being sent by an adult male subject to juveniles in the Rockingham County area.

Based on the information, they arrested Mark Edward Sipe, 41, of Port Republic.

Sipe faces a charge for the use of electronic means for purpose/promoting indecent liberties with a minor, three counts of possession of child pornography and one count for the possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance.

The investigation is still ongoing and it is likely that additional charges will be placed.

Sipe is currently being held at Rockingham Harrisonburg Regional Jail.

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