$4 fix helps Pa. jail from flushing away thousands

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A $4 fix may end up helping a central
Pennsylvania jail from flushing away thousands of dollars.
Sunbury municipal officials had warned Northumberland County of
$25,000-a-day fines if the county jail didn't stop the flow of
debris that's been clogging up a sewer station. County officials
say items like candy wrappers, plastic utensils, food containers
and even blankets were being flushed.
Warden Ralph Reish (RISH) says a homemade trap costing less than
$4 may solve the problem.
He says the trap was installed in one cell without the inmates'
knowledge. Because the debris could no longer empty into the sewer
system, the toilet backed up and the inmates were disciplined.
The warden now plans to install the device on all 80 jail
toilets.


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