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Approximately 76 inmates at the Adams County jail were taken by bus to correctional facilities in Allen, Wells and Jay counties after a water main line break in Decatur made operating the local facility impossible.
Sheriff Shane Rekeweg confirmed Tuesday afternoon that arrangements began earlier that day with surrounding counties to house the inmates on a temporary basis.
“About 9 a.m. we realized we were losing water pressure” and could no longer adequately house the prisoners, said Rekeweg. North Adams Community Schools provided buses with which to move the inmates, and volunteers from the Indiana State Police assisted in the move. The sheriff said work release prisoners at the local jail were given the option of moving to another institution “or roughing it out here with the rest of us.” All those prisoners elected to remain at the local jail.
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