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CCNO Inmate Walks Away From Public Service Job Sept. 4

An inmate from the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio walked away from his public works job in Fayette, Friday, Sept. 4, and was later captured in West Unity.

Beth Gobrogge, administrative assistant at CCNO, said officials from the village of Fayette reported Dustin Jones, 22, West Unity, was missing at 2:57 pm.

“The village of Fayette work program supervisor said that one of the two workers had been missing for more than 15 minutes,” Gobrogge said.

“Jones had been using a (string trimmer) at a local park, and when the work supervisor checked on him, the (string trimmer) was sitting on the ground in the area where Jones had been working, with no sight of Jones.

“The village employee checked surrounding buildings in the general area where Jones was thought to be without finding him.”

After being notified by Fayette officials, Gobrogge said CCNO staff notified the sheriff departments from Fulton and Williams counties.

Jones is known to have family and friends in Fayette and West Unity.

“Local law enforcement was familiar with Jones and responded immediately,” Gobrogge said.

J.R. Jones, West Unity police chief, said a West Unity officer who was familiar with the inmate knew D. Jones had connections to a house near Wabash Park in West Unity.

The officer checked the area around the residence about 3:45 am, Saturday, Sept. 5, and found D. Jones in the back of a truck.

He was taken into custody and transported to CCNO, arriving about 5:30 am.

D. Jones is currently serving a 180-day sentence from Bryan Municipal Court on a charge of driving without a license.

Gobrogge said he lost his community public works job, and in an inmate disciplinary process, entered a guilty plea. He will serve 40 days total on two different rule violations, she said.

Information has been forwarded to Williams County Prosecutor office to determine if further charges against him will be filed.

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