Pop quiz, Toledo!
Sharpen your pencils, put away your books and cell phones, and get ready for the Sheriff Jim Telb Quiz: Retrospective Jailhouse Edition!
We've got a full smorgasbord today - some multiple choice, a few true-false questions, and even an essay.
And no, we're not grading on a curve.
No. 1: Two inmates used a hacksaw in 1996 to cut through a county jail fifth-floor window, crawling down the exterior steel bars to flee into the night.
What object was used to conceal the hacksaw?
(a) a cake
(b) a greeting card
(c) a rhinoceros
No. 2: What year did the following appear in a Blade editorial?
"When the FBI is investigating a former deputy sheriff on as-yet unspecified charges, and a triple-murder suspect in maximum security in the county jail gets his hands on a gun, a wad of cash, and a cell phone the night before a court date, something stinks in Sheriff James Telb's Spielbusch Avenue lockup."
No. 3: When county officials discovered that a retired sheriff's office command officer was driving a marked police cruiser 10 years (!) after his retirement, what was Sheriff Telb's reaction?
(a) "For real? Go figure "
(b) "That's outrageous! I promise this to the taxpayers: Heads will roll!"
c) "We didn't think it was a big deal because he was only driving it a few thousand miles a year."
No. 4: What year did the following appear in a Blade editorial?
"Sheriff James Telb needs to put some bars over the 'window of opportunity' an inmate used to escape from the Lucas County jail and allegedly rob a bank while at large for 25 hours. Speeding up a planned video surveillance system would be a good first step. This week's escape was the third major security lapse at the jail in four years."
No. 5: True or false:
A jail counselor was sent to prison for taking bribes to bring an inmate bullets, a cell phone, pizza, and champagne.
No. 6: True or false:
While sentencing a onetime corrections officer caught in an undercover drug sting in 2003, Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Gene Zmuda said he was "shocked at the [jail] security," and that Sheriff Telb was both his "close friend" and "asleep at the switch."
No. 7: Essay question:
Find something positive to say about years of hard-to-believe incidents in the county jail and sheriff's department.
5: False (There was no champagne. That we know of.)
6: False (Actually, that was Judge James Bates.)
7: It's an essay question, folks. You're on your own.
Roberta de Boer is a columnist for The Blade.
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