Inmates kept in cells after Ohio jail loses power

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Inmates are being locked down in their cells after a county jail in northwestern Ohio lost power.

Electricity went out at the Lucas County jail in downtown Toledo early Tuesday evening and remained out Wednesday morning.

Power company officials say an electrical problem at a nearby building triggered the outage.

The sheriff's office said it has extra deputies and police officers standing guard outside the jail.

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo that the outage is another reason why the county needs a new jail.

Officials say overcrowding and conditions at the jail have been a problem for many years.

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