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TRUMBALL COUNTY JAIL Food displeasure leads to lock down



Published: Thu, February 10, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The disturbance began when one inmate threw his tray of food.

WARREN -- Trumbull County deputy sheriffs and city police put down a disturbance Tuesday evening in the county jail.

The evening's menu of burritos, red beans, rice and cookies apparently wasn't to the liking of 25 men in a fourth-floor jail pod.

"They were generally unhappy with the food. One individual threw his plate and it just evolved from there," said Matt Ecker, jail administrator.

In fact, many plates were tossed.

According to a department report, one inmate tossed his tray and two more followed about 4:20 p.m. At this point, the corrections officer ordered the pod to be locked down and more trays were thrown.

Eight more personnel arrived and observed inmates changing clothes and shoes, filling bags full of ice, and one wrapped his knuckles in a T-shirt.

All available sheriff's officers were ordered to report to the floor. Warren police sent about 10 officers, and all the jail floors were locked down by 4:34 p.m.

Most of the inmates by now were dispersing to their cells. Three inmates were being detained by the city and county officers, and all the cell doors were secured.

The pod remained locked down Wednesday and jail officials did a search of all cells.




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