Inmates kept in cells after Ohio jail loses power

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Electricity has been restored to a northwest Ohio jail where inmates were locked down in their cells during a power outage.

Electricity went out at the Lucas County jail in downtown Toledo early Tuesday evening and was restored Wednesday evening.

A utility spokesman tells The Blade (http://bit.ly/1ln9Cl1 ) the cause is under investigation.

The sheriff's office said it had extra deputies and police officers standing guard outside the jail during the outage. The outage also delayed some court cases because it affected a secure underground tunnel between the courthouse and the jail.

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp told the newspaper that the outage is another reason why the county needs a new jail.

Officials say overcrowding and conditions at the jail have been a problem for many years.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/