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Geiger inmates clean Rockford park

Inmates at Geiger Corrections Center helped clean up thousands of dollars worth of damage to the city park in Rockford recently.

Three young teens have been charged as juveniles with the vandalism, which was reported May 21. Another boy is facing a trespassing charge.

The vandals damaged the Lyon's Club picnic shelter, fair building and “nearly every other structure and fixture within the park,” according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Seven inmates from Geiger spent about 6 1/2 hours cleaning the park last Thursday.

“The Geiger Inmate Work Crew Program performs manual and skilled labor such as clean up, litter pick up, graffiti removal, forestry work, limited maintenance and other projects for non-profit and government agencies related to public health, safety and welfare,” according to a news release.

DUI inmate who fled Hoopfest still missing

An inmate serving time for a drunken driving conviction still is at large after walking away from a Hoopfest work crew Friday night.

Gary J. Todd, 29, hasn’t been seen since he asked to use a portable toilet near the INB Performing Arts Cente after his crew finished setting up equipment about 11:30 p.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

A guard found his discarded jumpsuit and goggles inside the portable. Geiger officials believe the escape was planned because Todd apparently had a change of clothes waiting for him.

Todd is not considered a threat to the community, but anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call 911.

Geiger sent five crews to help set up for Hoopfest in downtown. A Hoopfest official said crews are carefully screened before being assigned to work at the event.

Todd was to be released Oct. 11. He has a history of drunken driving convictions, including a conviction for operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock.

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