Warren County Jail

Kentucky State Police

An inmate from the Warren County Regional Jail has escaped while on work release. 

According to Kentucky State Police, the escapee is Michael Lane, 36, of Bowling Green. KSP received a call around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday stating that Lane walked away near Scottsville Road and Oliver Street. 

Lane is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes.  He’s about 5'10" in height, and weighs approximately 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing black pants and a black shirt. 

Lane was in jail on several charges, including being a persistent felony offender, receiving stolen property, and probation violation. 

KSP is asking the public to contact them if they have any information on the escapee’s whereabouts.

Warren County Regional Jail

The Warren County jail has launched a new program called the ‘Inmate ID Project.’ The goal is to make it easier for those who are released to start building a new life.

Four inmates at the Warren County Jail are the first to particpate in the project. They've received a state-issued Kentucky ID from the Circuit Court Clerk. 

The ‘Inmate ID Project’ is intended to give former prisoners a jump start on finding housing and a job by providing them with a state ID 30 days before they’re released.

Warren County Sheriff's Office

A 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s department is preparing to become Warren County’s next jailer.  Stephen Harmon will officially take over operations April 11. 

Current Jailer Jackie Strode is retiring March 31 after more than 20 years at the helm.  Harmon says he has big shoes to fill, but is up for the challenge.

"There's about a 100-person staff, around 600 inmates in custody, and then a seven-million-dollar approximate budget, so there's a lot for me to learn," Harmon explained.

Harmon currently serves as the sheriff’s department’s public information officer while also overseeing the dispatch and records units. 

Harmon will serve the remainder of Strode’s term that ends December 31, 2018.  He then plans to run for a full term as jailer.

Kentucky State Police are investigating how two inmates from the Warren County Jail walked away from a work detail this week. 

Twenty-five-year-old Bates Cole was captured the same day, while 23-year-old Anthony Embry was taken into custody after a two-day search. 

Warren County Jailer Jackie Strode told WKU Public Radio that all inmates who work outside are considered low-risk offenders.

"Nobody can be on it that has assaultive-type charges. Nobody can be on it that has sexual-type charges. It has to be lower felonies such as child support, forgery, maybe DUI-4th, that kind of thing."

The inmates eligible for work release are serving a five-year sentence or less.  Cole was in jail for violating parole. Embry was also serving time for a parole violation, as well as charges of Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Giving an Officer False Name or Address.

Asked how Embry was considered low-risk, Jailer Strode said the Kentucky Department of Corrections determines what classification level inmates are assigned.