Inmates Cause Mess in Twin Falls Jail

2012-08-25T02:15:00Z Inmates Cause Mess in Twin Falls JailBy Melissa Davlin - mdavlin@magicvalley.com Twin Falls Times-News

TWIN FALLS • Inmates had a mess to clean up at the Twin Falls County Jail Tuesday night, but authorities and inmates disagree about the cause and extent.

LoriStewart, spokeswoman for the TwinFalls County Sheriffs Office, said inmates intentionally blocked up toilets by flushing a blanket, underwear and a laundry bag, then exacerbated the flooding by turning on the showers.

The inmates were then asked to clean up the flooded area. According to Stewart, the water was clean.

But Awanda Cross, mother of inmate Daniel Thomas, told the Times-News her son said they had to clean up sewage while wearing flip flops and no gloves.

Shiann Allshouse said Thomas told her the same thing.

According to Allshouse, Thomas told her, “The guards would not give them anything other than a broom and a mop bucket” for the clean up the sewage. Thomas also told Allshouse and Cross that the flood was caused by a broken pipe, not by an intentionally clogged toilet.

Thomas was arrested earlier this month for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance after allegedly shooting a man in the neck.

Stewart confirmed that the inmates weren’t given gloves, but maintained the water was clean.

“It was never sewage,”Stewart said, adding that normally, inmates wouldn’t be asked to clean up a plumbing-related problem.

“If they were going to be part of the problem, they would be part of the solution,”Stewart said.

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(6) Comments

  1. 304000
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    304000 - August 28, 2012 8:11 am
    Booo Hooo Hoooo sniff sniff
  2. shorty
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    shorty - August 26, 2012 1:13 am
    Honestly he does not need more charges than he has already. He is still waiting to be sentenced for the charges from the Nov incident where he took that little boy, then he has a charge from an unlawful entry in July and now these 2 new charges. The judge just needs to stop letting him out so that he can get into more trouble.
  3. shorty
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    shorty - August 26, 2012 1:11 am
    Man will Daniel ever learn. He needs to stop putting his family through the ringer. He need to grow up and act his age.
  4. mommybear
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    mommybear - August 25, 2012 9:33 pm
    Talk about lame.... Mother whining to the media about her poor little boy having to clean up his own mess... They should be charged with destruction of property on top of the other charges they have! No wonder he is in jail!!!!
  5. maren69
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    maren69 - August 25, 2012 7:13 am
    Y ou make the mess....You clean the mess.. Did you wear gloves when you plugged them up.....
  6. Tumbleweed49
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    Tumbleweed49 - August 25, 2012 4:46 am
    Everyone needs to serve 2 years in the Army or other branch of the service, like they used to.
    Messes like this were common. Also you aren't as near as likely to tromp on society if you've had to fight for it.

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