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We test your knowledge of high jinks in our clink

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.

Good luck!

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."

(a) 2003

(b) 1988

(c) 2008

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."

(a) 2006

(b) 2001

(c) 1882

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.



1: (b)

2: (a)

3: (c)

4: (a)

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.

At on Tuesdays, she and sports columnist Dave Hackenberg offer point-counterpoint on issues large and small.

Contact Roberta at:

or 419-724-6086.

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