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Prisoner charged with vandalism at Carter County jail after sprinkler incident

John Thompson • Dec 27, 2017 at 10:27 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A prisoner in the Carter County Jail is facing additional charges after he was accused with jail vandalism.

Zackary James Philhower, 23, 369 Garrison Hollow Road, was charged vandalism on Dec. 22, after the jail’s fire alarms sounded.

Corporal Erica Huskins of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said that after the fire alarm sounded, it was discovered that a sprinkler head had been “popped” in D9 cell, where Philhower was housed. She said he was the only inmate in the cell. She charged Philhower with vandalism.

The county will also seek restitution. Huskins said the cost of repairing the damaged sprinkler head included $72.50, with labor for the replacement costing $17.25. She said the cost of material to repaint the cell was $127.29, with the cost of labor to paint the cell coming to $34.50. That brought a total cost for the repair of the cell to $251.54.

Philhower is scheduled to answer the charge in Sessions Court on Jan. 16.

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