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Ky jail using fish hooks to solve plumbing problem


OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) – A western Kentucky jail has hooked on to an idea to stop inmates from clogging up the plumbing by flushing everything from blankets to jeans down the toilets.

The Daviess County Detention Center in Owensboro has installed fish hooks inside the pipes to catch items that shouldn’t have been dropped into the commode.

Jailer David Osborne told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer that the hooks allow employees to go in and pull out the larger objects.

Before the fish hooks, the Regional Water Resource Agency had to send workers to a lift station behind the jail up to three times a week to unstop clogs.

“Those commodes are capable of flushing anything,” Osborne said. “I guess (the inmates) are just bored.”

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