Beadle County jail makes changes one week after escape
Beadle County's sheriff says some changes have already been made to the jail, almost a week after a prisoner escaped.
At 12:30 am last Tuesday, Charles Leroy Beeney held a jailer hostage with some sort of makeshift weapon, and forced him to open up the doors. Beeney stole a pickup from a farmhouse east of Huron that morning. He was caught in Sioux Falls after being spotted at a laundromat.
Beeney's escape was not the first escape in the Beadle County Jail. In 2005, two inmates escaped by bending bars and breaking a window in their cell. One of the men also had escaped in 2003 by scaling a recreation area wall. In 2004, three girls in juvenile detention locked guards inside a cell and escaped.
Beadle County Sheriff Doug Solem said in light of last week's escape the jail would make changes to boost security. Solem said they have already made some changes with a camera technician making tweaks to the system.
Solem said they have not made any other major changes.
Skip McWethy, Beadle County Jail Administrator and Sheriff Solem are expected to meet with the Beadle County Commission Tuesday. However, Solem said they will only be discussing hirings.