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Smoke Alarm Sounds at Jail

Jeff Garretson - September 11, 2013 11:39 am

A Saline County Jail inmate is facing additional charges after allegedly lighting a small fire.

According to Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski, members from the Salina Fire Department responded to the jail on Monday at 5:30pm, after smoke was discovered in an air vent.

Sheriff Kochanowski says 23-year-old Zachary Ruehlen of Clay Center, was in jail for obstruction of a law enforcement officer will now face new charges that include aggravated arson.

Back on August 29th, deputies found 6-wooden matches hidden in Ruehlen’s cell that he shared with other inmates, and he was moved to a single cell unit.

The fire, set with a wad of paper, was located in an air flow vent in his single unit and had only minor damage done to the paint.

There were no injuries, and no one was evacuated during the incident.

Red Neck

September 12, 2013 at 12:05 am

Them boys down at the jail are not running it properly. That all goes back to the sheriff. Maybe we need to start a recall petition to remove him from his position and clean up the mess down there.

Florence Nightengale

September 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I don’t think you read the article carefully. The Sheriff didn’t set a fire in the jail, an inmate set the fire. Maybe the “mess down there” are the inmates not the Officers.

Red Neck

September 13, 2013 at 7:55 am

Really I read the story, tell me who is in charge down there the inmates or the sheriff’s department. They have spent a bunch of money on security camera’s but cannot seem to monitor what is going on. They have people escaping, smuggling contraband in and now setting fires. Its time the old sheriff hits the road.

Florence Nightengale

September 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

We need a new jail NOT a new Sheriff.

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