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Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

Jury awards woman $100,000 over bedbugs in hotel room

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - A jury has awarded a North Carolina woman $100,000 for injuries she suffered from bedbugs in a Maryland hotel room.

This week a jury in Prince George's County, Maryland, awarded Stacey Belle of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as compensation for bites she says she received at a Red Roof Inn.

Belle says she stayed at the hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland, for one night in January 2014. The Washington Post reports that Belle says she woke up itching, found welts on her arms and hands, and found bedbugs crawling under her pillow.

A Red Roof Inn spokeswoman said in an email statement that the company "disagrees" with the jury's award.

Md. man accused of murdering ex-girlfriend

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Forestville man is being accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend inside of her Oxon Hill home in May, Prince George's County police said.

Maurice Wigfall Jr., 26, of Forestville was arrested for murdering Latiqua Cherry, 21, of Oxon Hill on May 17, police said.

Fire crews responded to the home located in the 600 block of Audrey Lane around 5 a.m. for the report of smoke in the apartment building. The flames were put out and the body of a woman was found inside.

Authorities learned that Cherry had died from trauma to her body before the fire was set.

Wigfall is being charged with first and second degree murder and arson. He was already in custody at the Department of Corrections on an unrelated charge.

Man convicted of killing Md. Clarion Hotel employee

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) – A Washington D.C. man was found guilty Wednesday of killing an employee at an Oxon Hill hotel during a robbery in 2013.

Deandre Weems was convicted of shooting Clarion Hotel employee Jessie Chavez at the hotel on October 21, 2013.

Prosecutors said Weems demanded cash from an employee at the front desk. Chavez heard the employee scream and ran from another area of the hotel to help her. 

Weems and Chavez got into an altercation and prosecutors say Weems shot Chavez in the chest.

Video surveillance at the hotel showed the robbery and part of the altercation between Weems and Chavez.

Officials: MGM to add bus stop at National Harbor resort

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Officials say MGM has decided to put a bus stop in front of its $1.3 billion National Harbor resort expected to open next year.
The Washington Post reports Bill Boasberg, the resort's general manager, said this week, after working with the Metro and Prince George's County, the company decided to add a bus stop near the casino's employee entrance.
The decision follows calls from residents, labor union and transportation officials for public transit access at the facility, where officials say 3,600 people are expected to work, including many county residents.
The Nevada-based company's original transportation plan banned public buses from the resort.

14-year-old arrested for fatal Oxon Hill stabbing

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 14-year-old man is accused of fatally stabbing an 18-year-old man in Oxon Hill early Thursday morning, Prince George's County police said.

The homicide happened in the 6300 block of Livingston Road around 12:40 a.m., according to police.

A man was found suffering from a stab wound in the upper body. He was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. The victim was later identified as Jerome Toy of Livingston Road in Oxon Hill.

Police say a preliminary investigation found Toy was stabbed inside an apartment building on Livingston Road. Toy ran from the building after he was stabbed and collapsed in the roadway, detectives believe.

Victim in Oxon Hill shooting identified

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was shot and killed Monday night in Oxon Hill.

According to Prince George's County police, officers were called to the 700 block of Maury Avenue for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers found an adult man on the street with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was identified as Hudson Bhagwat, 37, of the 1400 block of Iverson Street, Oxon Hill.