The Cross Lanes Motel 6 on Goff Mountain Road in WV has closed its doors, after finding out that 7 rooms in the motel were contaminated by meth lab chemicals. On Thursday, July 9, 2009, around 10:30 a.m, Detective V. Armstrong, Detective K. Shank and several other members of the Metro Drug Unit, went to the motel to investigate a tip they received that someone was cooking meth in one of the rooms in the motel. Inside the room, they discovered that what the tipster had told them was true. Donny Ray Kyle, 37, of St. Albans, Joseph Strickland, 32, of Elkview and Rebecca Walker, 34 were found inside the room, along with meth making equipment, chemicals used to manufacture meth, and meth residue. Police also discovered that they had disabled the smoke detector in the room. They are being held at South Central Regional Jail.
After the bust, police called in a Hazmat clean up team from Parkerburg to remove the chemicals and equipment, afterwhich the room would be boarded up, until it was professionally decontaminated. But, tests proved that the room was only one of 7 that had been contaminated by hazardous chemicals.
The parent company of the Cross Lanes Motel, AccorHotels, says it will issue a news release about the incident. No reservations are being accepted at the Cross Lanes Motel, until further notice.
My concern is….how many families with children stayed in those contaminated rooms? No one is saying anything about that. Maybe no one really knows, for sure.
The motel’s website says that it can provide cribs for infants and it allowed children to stay there free- a good deal for parents traveling with young children. However, letting “kids stay free” is not such a great deal, when the room has been contaminated with meth lab chemicals.
“Meth lab found in Cross Lanes motel room”, Charleston Daily Mail, 7/10/09, http://www.dailymail.com/policebrfs/200907090873, accessed 8/22/09
Barren, Amanda, “Hotel to voluntarily close after meth bust”, WSAZ News Channel 3, 8/19/09, http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/53711037.html, accessed 8/22/09