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Mon, March 18

Inmates cause havoc at jail

About a dozen jail inmates, angry because of a lockdown at the Mohave County Jail the day before, smashed windows and flooded toilets Sunday afternoon.

Inmates from the high-security B-pod, locked down since Saturday for security reasons, began busting out the 6-inch by 18-inch glass windows and flooded toilets in their jail cells around 5 p.m., MCSO spokesman Steve Johnson said.

Correctional officers, with assistance from officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Kingman police and Mohave County sheriff deputies, were called in to quell the disturbance, Johnson said.

Saturday's lockdown was for security reasons.

The lockdown could have been because of a fight between two inmates or an inmate was acting up, Johnson said.

Charges against several of the high-security inmates are pending.

Inmates in those cells are usually high-risk, those who have committed multiple or violent crimes.

No injuries were reported in the fracas, he said.

As of Monday afternoon, the inmates remain on lockdown.

How long will depend on the situation.

Water to the individual cells is periodically turned off to prevent further flooding, he said.

B-pod at the county jail houses 10 cells with five cells upstairs and five downstairs.

Nineteen inmates are currently housed in B-pod sometimes with two to three inmates to a cell.

It is unknown exactly how many inmates were involved in the disturbance, Johnson said.


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