Local Jail Escapee Charges with Assault

Thomas Grimes, the man who escaped from the Douglas County Jail, has been charged with crimes committed while he was on the run. Grimes pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude police. The Springfield man was arrested in July after he had twice slipped away from … Continue reading »

Jail Escapee Sentenced to Prison

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The man who escaped from the Douglas County Jail and eluded police for nearly a month was sentenced Wednesday. Thomas Grimes will spend more than seven years in prison. In June, he snuck out of the jail in a garbage can. Over the following 33 days, Grimes slipped away from law enforcement … Continue reading »

Fugitive’s Escapes Surprise Residents

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The escaped inmate who Springfield police shot at Thursday appears to be back in the Douglas County area, after the car he stole turned up in Sutherlin. Springfield police almost caught 32-year-old Thomas Grimes. With three escapes now under his belt, folks are wondering what makes this guy so special. Springfield police … Continue reading »

Fugitive’s Stolen Car Found

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Police found the stolen vehicle driven by a Springfield man who escaped from the Douglas County Jail. Officers caught Thomas Grimes in a stolen car Thursday morning on 33rd Street. When they tried to arrest him, a fight broke out. Police shot at Grimes, but he got away in the stolen car. … Continue reading »