Lonely Inmate Busts Out for Valentine Rendezvous

It ends badly; in Georgia, meanwhile, a sheriff called the whole day off

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 15, 2014 9:33 AM CST

(Newser) – Two Valentine's Day extremes, with a law-enforcement theme:

  • The dedicated: An Arizona inmate scaled a 12-foot fence, crawled through razor wire, and climbed yet another wire-topped fence to escape from jail and visit his girl yesterday, reports the Arizona Republic. Joseph Dekenipp, 40, made it to the Gallopin' Goose saloon—10 miles from the Pinal County Adult Detention Center—and did indeed reunite with his girlfriend. Trouble is, police got there soon after she did and hauled Dekenipp back to jail, where he faces vehicle theft charges.
  • The not-so-dedicated: The sheriff in Oconee County, Georgia, caused quite a buzz when he declared that Valentine's Day was canceled because of the region's weather, reports Fox News. Men "are exempt from having to run out and buy lottery scratchers and Hershey bars from the corner stores until February 18, 2014, due to ice, snow, freezing rain," wrote Scott Berry. The jokey post drew attention from around the world, as seen on the department's Facebook page.

This image provided by the Pinal County Sheriff's office in Arizona shows the booking photo of Joseph Andrew Dekenipp.
This image provided by the Pinal County Sheriff's office in Arizona shows the booking photo of Joseph Andrew Dekenipp.   (AP Photo/Pinal County Sheriff)
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