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Officer and inmate back from hospital


By:  Star Beacon - Shelley Terry

ASHTABULA - - A police officer and an inmate treated Monday night after a fire in the city jail were later treated and released from a hospital, police said.

Patrolman Tony Tulino encountered smoky conditions, used a fire extinguisher and reported the blaze at 7:26 p.m. at the Justice Center, 110 W. 44th St., according to the Ashtabula Fire Department report.

When firefighters arrived, they found inmate Estevan Velez, 27, of Ashtabula, on the floor of the cell with burns on his legs and back, the report said.

He was taken to Cleveland Metro Hospital and was back in his cell Tuesday morning, police said.

Tulino also was treated and released from Ashtabula County Medical Center.

Firefighters and police are investigating the cause of the fire. According to the report, fire and smoke damaged the jail cell.

Police arrested Velez April 2 after he fled an Ohio Avenue apartment with a $300 Quaker parrot stuffed in a burlap sack.

When police caught up with him, Velez was carrying a knife, items related to the burglary, an undisclosed amount of money and the bird, the police report said.

He is being held in the city jail on charges burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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