N. Idaho jail escapes blamed on crumbling wall

N. Idaho jail escapes blamed on crumbling wall

N. Idaho jail escapes blamed on crumbling wall

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on September 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

   ST. MARIES, Idaho (AP) -- A series of escapes from the Benewah County jail has authorities looking for ways to prevent prisoners from digging through a deteriorating brick wall at the 88-year-old lockup.


   The most recent escape from the jail in St. Maries was last month, when authorities say Todd Edwin Miller and Tyler James Walton scraped through the brick wall in their cell bathroom. The men were caught within a few hours.


   Sheriff Robert Kirts told other media outlets other inmates have dug through the wall during previous escapes from the jail, which is housed on the third floor of a courthouse built in 1924.


   Kirts says a new jail isn't a possibility given the local economy and a quick fix would be to reinforce the cell wall with a steel plate.

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