- 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.

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

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