- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - An off-duty sheriff’s deputy helped thwart an escape attempt at a Medford jail.

The Jackson County sheriff’s office says a corrections deputy was leaving the jail Dec. 2 when he heard a noise coming from an upper-level cell window. Deputies immediately placed the jail on lockdown and counted all inmates.

Authorities discovered a damaged window but would not say what was used to damage it. Replacing the glass cost more than $1,000.

Detective Eric Henderson tells the Medford Mail Tribune (https://bit.ly/1snbhvN ) that routine checks would have uncovered the effort even if the off-duty deputy hadn’t heard it.

Two inmates face additional charges of attempting to escape and criminal mischief. Both remain jailed without bail and face federal charges related to other offenses.


Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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