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Authorities search for escaped inmate


The Alcorn County Sheriff's Department is searching for an inmate who escaped last night while being transported to the hospital.

Sheriff Ben Caldwell reports Jonathan Blankenship fled from officers while being transported to Magnolia Regional Health Center around 10 p.m. Friday.

Blankenship was last seen in the area of the hospital wearing orange pants and a white t-shirt. He was shackled from his wrists to one leg due to a cast partially covering his lower right leg.

Blankenship was being held in the Alcorn County Jail on a probation violation as well as drug charges and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Anyone who sees him is urged contact 911 immediately.