UPDATE: Escaped inmates from Columbia County arrested in Illinois

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FRIDAY 4/17/2020 10:36 a.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WFRV) – Two escaped inmates from Columbia County have been taken into custody in Illinois, according to Rockford Police.

Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner said numerous law enforcement officers are looking for 37-year-old James Newman and 46-year-old Thomas Deering. Authorities did not say how the two escaped from the Columbia Correctional Institution.

According to online records, Deering has convictions for kidnapping, sexual assault, burglary, battery by a prisoner and escape. Newman has convictions for kidnapping, escape, theft and discharging a firearm. Some of Newman’s charges are connected to Brown County.

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2 escape from Columbia prison in Portage

THURSDAY 4/16/2020 9:36 a.m.

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say two prisoners have escaped from the state maximum-security prison in Portage. Residents in the area received automated phone calls about the prison escape about 6 a.m. Thursday and were urged to lock their doors.

Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner said numerous law enforcement officers are looking for 37-year-old James Newman and 46-year-old Thomas Deering. Authorities did not say how the two escaped from the Columbia Correctional Institution.

According to online records, Deering has convictions for kidnapping, sexual assault, burglary, battery by a prisoner and escape. Newman has convictions for kidnapping, escape, theft and discharging a firearm.

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