Columbia County Sheriff’s Department reported this morning that two inmates, James Robert Newman age 37 and Thomas E Deering age 46 escaped from the Columbia Correctional Facility in Portage.
Lodi police were called in to assist Columbia County Sheriff and Portage Police in finding the individuals. They were reported seen in Poynette, but they have not been reported as apprehended.
Area residents are instructed to remain inside, with doors locked, and to call 911 if you suspect you’ve seen either individual.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.