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April 27, 2018

Today, April 27th just after leaving the Circuit Court hearings, two Lawrence Co. inmates, Justin Harless and Steve Meeks escaped custody of Lawrence Co. jailer's transport officers at a red light by Zip Zone gas station in Johnson County near W.R. Castle school on U.S. 23.

TOP LEFT- Justin Harless, 30  was arrested on March 29th on charges of possession of a handgun but a convicted felon and a probation violation for a felony offense. He is a white male, 205 lbs. 5’11 with brown eyes and brown hair. STEVE MEEKS, RIGHT WAS CAUGHT ABOUT TWO HOURS AFTER HE ESCAPED.TOP LEFT- Justin Harless, 30 was arrested on March 29th on charges of possession of a handgun but a convicted felon and a probation violation for a felony offense. He is a white male, 205 lbs. 5’11 with brown eyes and brown hair. STEVE MEEKS, RIGHT WAS CAUGHT ABOUT TWO HOURS AFTER HE ESCAPED.

According to a source close to the incident, one of the inmates opened a window and stuck his arm outside to open the door. Transport vans or vehicles only open from the outside.

The two men ran towards the hills while officer Charlie France was stopped at the light.

Both inmates took off on the run according to Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price. Meeks, the older of the two, was caught shortly after his escape at approximately 3:00pm. Meeks was booked on January 12th for 1st Degree Robbery, Fleeing or Evading, Reckless Driving and Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree- Police Officer

Price said that his deputies along with the help of Kentucky State Police are looking for the remaining inmate at this time:   3:00pm. April 27, 2018

Harless is to be considered 'dangerous" police said.

 

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+1 #12 Jonann 2018-04-30 21:49
Quoting William Cantrell:
No the problem is not Charlie France he's a really nice guy..!! This comment has got to be coming from someone who does not know him...!!! If someone decides to do something like escape custody ,or what ever he or she may decide to do ..!!!
That would be a negative behavior
From who escaped wouldn't you think ,and not the transporter ..!! Just saying..!! I myself know Charlie France have known him since I was a young boy and have a lot o respect for him..!!! All I'm saying is everyone is quick to place blame on someone when a problem occurs..!!! And that's what s sad..!!! SMH

I totally agree!
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+1 #11 Tax suckers? 2018-04-29 22:52
To the ones who think that someone on food stamps is sucking your taxes up you need to go back to grade school and learn basic math skills. You want to holler good now these tax suckers will be locked up. Granted these two need locked up one needs to be locked up and throw away the key. But hunny they are sucking more taxes up when they are locked up. When locked up it cost you more than people on goods stamps. Bc us tax payers are paying for the housing, food, water, power, clothes, state soap, state shampoo, toilet paper, and pads for women. So us tax payers pay more for 2 to be locked up than for them to be on food stamps!
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+1 #10 Big J 2018-04-29 18:24
That would be NONE of the above.
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+1 #9 Tax payer 2018-04-29 16:02
This is an isolated incident that the entire staff will learn from. Its just as any other escape, the inmates have nothing but time to think about how they can do these things. R.L. Jordan does a GREAT job as does Charlie France. Without mistakes and accidents, we can't learn better ways to do things. Glad they were caught and nobody was injured.
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0 #8 Big Jim Slade 2018-04-29 14:33
Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah, Rosie Odonnell, Judge Preston.....who would you pull out of a fire?
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+2 #7 Citizen 2018-04-28 19:25
Quoting Election:
Vote for a new jailer, I see incompetence in this system, He's the man in charge - why weren't they shackled? Makes no sense at all! Need a jailer with the knowledge to put workable policies in place to simply transport prisoners to and from court. That's their job!


Well I guess You are not a Jordan fan that is Not Nice lol... so go ahead and tell us how You will do things but can't.
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0 #6 Election 2018-04-28 12:17
Vote for a new jailer, I see incompetence in this system, He's the man in charge - why weren't they shackled? Makes no sense at all! Need a jailer with the knowledge to put workable policies in place to simply transport prisoners to and from court. That's their job!
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+6 #5 Ralph&Sarah 2018-04-28 12:15
Good, maybe now these repeat, tax absorbing criminals will finally get the hammer dropped on them once and for all. These guys should've already been incarcerated for past crimes, but then again we're talking about Judge Preston's courtroom where diversion is the main punishment handed down.
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+2 #4 Wuzzup 2018-04-28 03:18
My question is were they handcuffed?
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+2 #3 William Cantrell 2018-04-28 02:17
No the problem is not Charlie France he's a really nice guy..!! This comment has got to be coming from someone who does not know him...!!! If someone decides to do something like escape custody ,or what ever he or she may decide to do ..!!!
That would be a negative behavior
From who escaped wouldn't you think ,and not the transporter ..!! Just saying..!! I myself know Charlie France have known him since I was a young boy and have a lot o respect for him..!!! All I'm saying is everyone is quick to place blame on someone when a problem occurs..!!! And that's what s sad..!!! SMH
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+2 #2 Bobo 2018-04-27 21:09
I don't know who you are and really don't care but no one has ever escaped,on France before . So wherever you get your facts from they are wrong !
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-4 #1 Warden 2018-04-27 20:04
They need to get rid of that France guy, this is the second or third time someone has gotten away from him, Roger Lee needs to get rid of him.
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