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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Inmate falls through ceiling trying to escape from jail

BROWNSTOWN, Ind. (AP) — An inmate fell through the ceiling while trying to escape from a county jail in rural Indiana. Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer posted on Facebook that 28-year-old Blaze Ayers bolted from officers and locked himself in a medical room on Monday. When officers got into the room, Ayers had made his way into the ceiling. The sheriff says Ayers eventually fell through the ceiling and onto the floor of the jail’s booking area. Officers used a stun gun to subdue him after he refused to surrender. The sheriff says the attempted escape caused extensive damage to the ceiling. Ayers was treated for minor injuries. He has been charged with attempted escape and criminal mischief, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Officers recognize, arrest woman who barked at police dog

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman who barked at a police dog attracted the attention of officers, who arrested her on outstanding warrants. Lafayette police say officers were conducting a traffic stop Monday when 20-year-old Kiana Champagne Fletcher, who was standing in front of her home, began barking at a police dog sniffing the stopped car. The Journal and Courier newspaper reports that officers recognized Fletcher and knew she had two outstanding warrants. Police say Fletcher ran inside her house, but officers arrested her after obtaining a search warrant. Fletcher remains jailed on warrants for conversion, which is a form of theft, and operating a vehicle without a license. She also faces preliminary charges of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after police say they found drugs in her home. Online court records don’t list an attorney who might speak on Fletcher’s behalf.