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Security breach at Lucas County jail

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 A security breach at the Lucas County jail. Jail administrators say a man walked through a door that was propped open.

The Lucas County Sheriff is investigating which  employee left the door propped open outside of the booking are where inmates are released. Yesterday a man came thru door and ended up on the second floor of the jail.   

 "He thought that that was a way to one of the ways to enter the back of the facility. He didn't give us a problem," said Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp.

 The man was trapped in a hallway. An area where inmates are not held. The sheriff says the hallway leads to an elevator.  
      
"He would need to and did push a button to try to get on the elevator. The deputies they view and watch the video of the hallways. So they saw him in the hallways and we immediately removed him," said the Sheriff.

 The door is locked from the outside, but you can push it open from the inside. Sources tell me employees frequently prop the door so they can smoke. This woman is concerned.

"Its not safe especially if you got people coming in on the outside and that makes you wonder ok what else mistakes are they making," said Nina Williams a citizen.

Nina Williams says anything could have happened.

"It is scary because you got safety of the other prisoners and other guards and stuff like that," said Williams.  

The sheriff plans to get down to the bottom of the security breach. He's looking at putting new rules in place.

"We are going to deal with it we are going to address it and make sure it doesn't happen again," said Sheriff Tharp.
 
Sources tell jail administrators have identified the employees who left the door open. The jail also plans to beef up its security.
 Metal detectors will also be installed at the front doors in the next few months.

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