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Pure valley boy. Grew up in Yakima. Graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1982 and Seattle University in 1997. I've been reading, writing and producing news for KIT since 1992. I married my elementary school sweetheart and am the proud father of an 18-year-old daughter who attends Heritage University and is studying to be a doctor. When I'm not working, I'm skiing. Been on skis for the past 41 years.

(Updated 6:00 p.m. Sunday) One Escaped Inmate Behind Bars Police Still Searching For Other Inmate

Yakima County Sheriff's deputies say a man who escaped the Yakima county jail on Pacific Avenue last Tuesday is back behind bars Today. And authorities are actively searching for the second inmate. Detectives say 31-year-old Chad Tipton of Post Falls, Idaho was arrested on Friday night in Olympia after Tumwater Police received a call reporting the location of Tipton at a Safeway gas station near the Olympia city line. Officers from the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force arrested Tipton and transferred him back to Yakima to face escape charges. Authorities are still looking for 31-year-old Steven Roche, of Spokane, Washington.
Both were held on charges from Kootenai County, Idaho. Douglas is accused of burglary and forgery, while Tipton is accused of assault and other charges.
The Yakima County Department of Corrections says officers doing a head count 4:00 a.m. Tuesday discovered the two inmates missing. Both were able to escape through a door with a faulty lock. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Steven Roche contact local law enforcement or call 911.
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Arrest warrants have been issued for the two inmates who escaped from the Yakima County Jail on Pacific Avenue on Tuesday. Authorities continue the search for the inmates Today. Yakima County Department of Corrections Director Ed Campbell says the inmates were reported missing at about 4:00 a.m. Tuesday. Campbell says "A door leading to the outside was unsecure." He says a lock on a door leading from an inside recreation yard to the outside failed allowing the inmates to escape. Authorities don't know if the two are in the area or have left Yakima County.


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