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Salem Man Tries To Cut His Way Out of Marion County Jail

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 51-year-old Salem man is likely to face additional charges after trying to saw his way out of the Marion County Jail.  

Sheriff Jerry DeVore says Gregory Houston had taken a cover off the sprinkler head in his cell and was using it to try and saw his way through a bar covering one of the small windows in his cell block.  Houston had created about a quarter inch gash in the cell bar.  Corrections officials discovered the metal shavings and the gash Friday night after being tipped by another inmate.  The sprinkler head cover was recovered in a sack Houston had on his desk.  

DeVore says reports will be submitted to the State's Attorney's office seeking additional charges of criminal damage to state supported property and attempted escape against Houston.  The sheriff notes even if Houston had successfully sawed through the bar, the windows are purposely designed to be too small for a person to fit through.     

Houston was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond on a Class 'X' felony charge of participation in meth manufacturing and possession of meth manufacturing materials.   He had pleaded guilty to the charges to get into the Marion County Drug Court program.  Shortly after getting in the drug court program, Houston allegedly disappeared.   He was later located in Oklahoma where he was arrested for failure to appear in court on the original charges.  

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