A welder has been hired to block the escape route three Butler County jail inmates used Monday night. Butler County Commissioners requested an opportunity to view problems at the jail Wednesday morning. After Sheriff Mark Dobbs and chief deputy Brian Evans showed the commissioners the problems, the five men agreed on needed repairs. The county budget contains annual funding for repairs. A welding contractor in Doniphan was contacted to install a quarter-inch steel plate over the escape hole in a small shower area under a staircase in one of the second floor cell blocks. Dobbs and commissioners also agreed on having an engineer from Poplar Bluff inspect the entire jail and determine ways to prevent escapes. The three escapees are now lodged is separate isolation cells. The men -- Matthew Brandon Cook, Kade Reaves Stringfellow and Rodney Joe Green -- were caught the day after the escape at a salvage yard.
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