Prank or goof at Oklahoma County juvenile detention center causes inmate move

Water service had been out at the Oklahoma County juvenile detention center since Friday morning, and the county Board of Commissioners voted to move detainees to the jail until the problem is fixed.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: January 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm •  Published: January 13, 2012

Either a little prank or a big goof Friday led to an emergency Oklahoma County Board of Commissioners meeting and juvenile detainees being shuttled to jail.

A stressful day for top county officials started Friday morning when the water was cut off at the Oklahoma County juvenile detention center.

The emergency board meeting was called to approve a contingency plan while officials sorted out the water issue.

The commissioners voted to shuttle the inmates to the juvenile floor of the Oklahoma County jail as they searched for the cause of the water outage.

District 3 Commissioner Ray Vaughn vowed officials would work through the weekend until the problem was solved.

By Friday evening, they found out they didn't have to.

The valve that supplied water to the detention center had been closed, but whether it was a prank by a detainee or closed by a worker who forgot to reopen it wasn't clear, Vaughn said.

“Somebody crawled into a manhole in a flower bed,” Vaughn said. “We're going to get to the bottom of it.”

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