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Holy Moses, Courthouse Flooding Gives Inmate a Shot at Freedom. For Now.

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The Sheriff's Department sent over a boatload (heh) of photos from this morning's flooding at the Frank Crowley Courthouse, plus a mugshot of Juan Ramires, a jail trusty called in to join the mop-and-bucket brigade when a busted water main filled the courthouse's first floor with 1 to 3 inches of water. (The courthouse was evacuated and is closed to the public Friday.)

Ramires, who was being held on a misdemeanor charge of failure to ID, booked it out a side door in the confusion caused by the flooding, which makes him either very lucky or very dumb. (He faced a misdemeanor. Now he's an escapee. Unless he can run really fast, we're thinking dumb.)

Sheriff's PIO Raul Reyna sent more deets in a press release below. The upshot is that the any of you who faced jury duty in criminal court tomorrow is, indeed, a lucky bastard, especially if your boss doesn't know the difference between civil and criminal court.

The Frank Crowley Criminal Courts Building will be closed to the public on Friday, March 9,2 012. This closure does NOT affect the George Allen Civil Courts Building and Lew Sterrett Complex. Anyone with Jury Duty at those locations is still to report at those facilities for jury duty. These facilities will remain open. Public access to the Frank Crowley Criminal Courts Building is expected to return on Monday, March 12, 2012.

The Sheriff's Department Essential Personnel will still report to their stations.

Status Update:

During the clean -up of the flooding that occurred at the Frank Crowley Court Building - Inmate Juan Ramires escaped/walked away from the crew of trustees assigned to help clean up the water. Ramirez was arrested by DPD on 3/7/2012 for Failure to ID Intent to Give False Information - a misdemeanor charge. Sheriff's Warrant Officers are currently attempting to track him down and take him back into to custody. Picture is attached. Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff's Department Warrant Execution Section at 214-653-2703 or Radio Communications at 214-749-8641

· Water main break in one of the electrical rooms on the first floor at the Frank Crowley Court Building broke this morning and flooded the first floor knocking out all elevators and escalators.

· The Frank Crowley Court Building is closed for the time being and we have evacuated all citizens and employees

· Only emergency personnel being allowed onsite

· The building's first floor incurred heavy damage and elevators will not be usuable until they dry out - could take a few days

· Damage/Cost assessments will not be available for at least a few hours

· DO NOT know if employees will return to work tomorrow.

· Sheriff 's Department will keep you updated with regards to Jury Duty and business protocol for tomorrow and the rest of the week.

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