Huron County Jail jumper hospitalized

Jail boss: Inmate "distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend."
Cary Ashby
Oct 28, 2013

A Huron County Jail inmate will require more surgeries after he jumped from the upper stairs in a pod this weekend.

Daniel M. Legg, 23, of 20 Mill St., was serving a 100-day term for criminal damaging and assault.

The jumping incident happened just after 9 p.m. Friday at evening lockdown when inmates are confined to their cells for the night. Maj. Mike Cooksey, the jail administrator, said corrections officers had moved onto another pod just before Legg went up the stairs to the second floor and jumped from an area where there isn't any fencing.

"He apparently hadn't shut his door the whole away. He ran out, ran up the stairs and jumped," Cooksey said. "He climbed up the handrail."

North Central EMS first transported Legg to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. A LifeFlight helicopter then flew him to the University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo. A hospital spokeswoman declined to provide Legg's patient status Sunday.

"He had surgery (Saturday) on his one foot. He's going to have to have multiple surgeries," Cooksey said.

"Apparently, he had just broken up with his girlfriend. We haven't found anything right now to say it was a suicide attempt. He was distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend," Cooksey said.

Jail staff are in the middle of an ongoing investigation.

"We haven't finished it yet," Cooksey said.

Officers have interviewed inmates in the pod where Legg was, he said, but they still have to see if Legg made any calls or "made any statements to anyone."

"That hopefully will be finished (Sunday)," Cooksey added.

According to Norwalk Municipal Court and jail records, Legg originally was charged with criminal damaging and three counts of assault in connection with an Aug. 21 incident investigated by the Norwalk Police Department.

Authorities decided Legg would be released from custody once he's released from the hospital, but must return to the jail at some point to serve the remaining 34 days on his sentence, according to jail records.

Cooksey said Judge Eric Weisenburger agreed with the decision to have Legg released and "come back to see him and serve the rest of his time."

"He (Legg) was sentenced on his charges," said Cooksey, who noted Legg originally was to be released Nov. 29.

Legg's next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 25.

This isn't the first time an inmate has jumped from the mezzanine level in the pods.

Former inmate Joshua M. Aumend sustained injuries to his lower extremities that didn't appear to be life-threatening after a mid-June 2008 incident. The incident happened at 11:47 a.m. after corrections officers had done their hourly checks.

About 2 1/2 hours before he jumped, Aumend had spoken to a mental health counselor for an undisclosed situation.

Soon after Sheriff Dane Howard took office in January 2009, Huron County commissioners used permanent improvement funds to have fencing installed in all the pods prevent other prisoners from jumping.

"We're looking at a couple options to change," Cooksey said. "Putting up more fencing is all we can do. ... It's in the thousands of dollars to do."

Cooksey said the sheriff's office can make the decision without conferring with the county commissioners because the money can came out of the budget of the sheriff's office.

Until the fencing issue is resolved, the jail has implemented a new policy which requires inmates to stay in their cells unless two corrections officers are in the pod.

"We changed the policy. We are now under direct supervision," Cooksey said.

The jail administrator plans to meet with Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler about the jumping situation.

"I'm going to meet with Russ to see if there's anything we can do on our end," Cooksey said.

Comments

truckin

Good move to save the sheriffs budget from anymore ongoing surgeries. BUT thee taxpayer will still be on the hook for the bills. I am a betting man. This young man doesn't actually have a well paying job with good insurance waiting and willing to rehire Knowing he will only be able to do lite duty work??? Still a betting man, also "another" form of taxpayer housing will be needed. SO WHY NOT just let him sit behind bars in some lock down (for his own good) cell?? and maybe just add a few more days.

Ddog89

mad bro?

thereader

Looking forward to seeing the video posted. :D

Scranton Tibbs

What about the jumper last week?. In Toledo with a broken back and two broken feet. Either this story is mixed up or there is a serious breakdown of supervision at the county jail.

itsnotme

Yeah...isn't that the guy with the unreadable Facebook page...the one with all the misspellings??

benedict

Yes that is right Scranton Tibbs, Emery Slone jumped last Thursday. What in the H*LL is going on there. They are suppose to be responsible for these people, there should not be some place where they can jump & injure themselves. This needs to be fixed NOW!! Oh & on a side note after Emery jumped Huron County dropped charges on him....they didn't want to foot the bill.

Scranton Tibbs

That sounds about right. Odd there would be two in a week. Makes me wonder.

Scranton Tibbs

That sounds about right. Odd there would be two in a week. Makes me wonder.

benedict

It is strange that they are mentioning this one that jumped Friday then go on to say it is not the 1st time this has happened & then go back to a case from 2008. NO THIS ISN'T THIS 1ST TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED THIS WEEK, IT HAS HAPPENED TWICE IN ONE WEEK!!!

02282012

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kennybe888

i wouldn't have dmited i was his wife … dudes not right in the head hahahah good husband u got there … u should be proud …..

Wildbunch3

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somescrewyname

02282012 maybe you are not to whom they were referring to.But then again it would not be the first time they screwed up a headline

02282012

I'm proud to be his wife! I don't see other people getting new charges, his time is almost done anyways. new charges wo

uld be f$&@ed up. Because of the damaged he sustained.

benedict

Sounds like Daniel M. Legg, 23, was "distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend."- not Emery.

0123456789

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JMOP

This guy just keeps making the wrong choices right after another.

If he is married, it would be awful for her to find out he has a girlfriend this way. Thanks for breaking the news to her Reflector,

Korrupttown88

They didnt print the article on Emery Slone because hes a snitch.. plain and simple. Everyone from Willard knows hes a snitch and he would of been out of jail anyways even if he didnt jump because they were going to use him as a snitch again. He doesnt care that he has 2 broken feet and a broken back.. hes getting all the pain meds he wants. Hes a lowlife scumbag that cant handle jail time so he snitches his way out of everything.

whythis

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so sick of stup...

and this is the life of JUNKIES, THIEVES and SNITCHES...should be a life time movie..

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Teareigh

Why do so many of the same users get on here and talk down on the law enforcement and people like they're there? Do you people NOT have jobs or lives? This is the news! Got a complaint, tell the offices. Not the harmless newspaper? The vast majority of you people need to grow up. And stat.

02282012

Really, any guy that looked at me? Who ever you are you don't know who your talking about. Obviously you are probably family of his, but not really. I only seen two of his family members here yesterday. I don't wanna hear anyone talking crap when they don't know the story. The only person who knows what really happened is Daniel. So stop with the drama and the putting down. This is not what we need right now. I'm more concerned about his health right now. Is anyone calling him or calling our cell phone to see what the Dr is saying? No. Yeah he did this to himself but who cares. He is dealing with the trouble now.

whythis

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0123456789

Its funny you are always saying, his family doesn't love him, doesn't help him, blah blah blah. How many times can family help and get burned. Or how many times can family bail him out just to turn around and he's doing the same thing again? People can only help another so much. That person needs to want to help themselves first. Maybe his first step is to get away from you. You have no backbone and feed into what he does. He needs hard love. And people don't call or come around because every time they do you guys are asking for something. You guys are adults, start acting like one. Get jobs, a place to live, a vehicle and not get in trouble for sometime and then maybe when you guys do need help ppl will be there to help because they see a change. You can disagree with everything I said but you know its all true. Its time to start being honest with yourselves and everyone around you. Enough with the lies.

02282012

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simply me

The worst thing he could do is marry her. Look at all the other stupid s?#& that's happened with her in the picture. About time someone tell her.

whythis

Amen!

02282012

All the stupid stuff that's happened.since.I've been in the.picture. Alright guys you know ohh so muchh huh. You guys amaze meet

whythis

"amaze meet"???? once again...get an education!

02282012

You Know what I meant.

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