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Residents react to capture of White County Jail escapees

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WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- Residents across southern Illinois are breathing a sigh of relief, after learning the three men who escaped from White County Jail are behind bars, after being on the run for weeks. 

Michael Serafini, a father of three, who lives in Carmi said was concerned for his family's safety, "I think, as a community, we feel a lot more safe its a shame that something like that had to happen but this isn't the first place it probably won't be the last." 

Other residents give credit to law officials and the White County community. 

"I think the communication in this area has improved," said Jana Cearlock, of Evansville, "I think it kind of brought our community a little closer together."

On Saturday, deputies with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department took the last remaining escapee, 61-year-old Johnny Tipton, into custody. Friday evening, they found 24-year-old Zachary Shock in Gallatin County. 28-year-old Justin Bray was caught on June 16th just hours after escaping. The three used a pipe to break a hole in the White County jail on June 16.

White County is having its committee meeting Tuesday, July 10th regarding the jail break and jail finances. Community members can attend the meeting which will be on the second floor of the courthouse at 7:00 p.m. and will have an opportunity to voice their concerns. 

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