2 inmates take leap, not seriously hurt

WARREN — Two Trumbull County inmates were taken to the hospital within 90 minutes of each other Tuesday evening after they each had jumped from a mezzanine in a central jail pod.

According to the jail administrator, sheriff Maj. Daniel Mason, the inmates — Nicholas Kovell, 39, and Austin G. Lunsford, 27 — were not seriously injured. Kovell suffered a broken arm and was treated at St. Joseph Warren Hospital, Mason said.

Mason said the floors of the jail were built on two levels, separated by a 12-foot mezzanine. He said he didn’t know the reason the inmates jumped, one at 5:21 p.m. and the other at 6:38 p.m., jail reports state.

Kovell is facing felonious assault, domestic violence, abduction and disrupting public services charges in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, while Lunsford was brought into the jail Monday on a failure to comply charge and two traffic offenses from Warren Municipal Court.


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