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Inmate Charged with Promoting Contraband
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - An inmate at McCracken County Jail has been charged with promoting contraband after jail officials say he was found with a knife in his cell.

A grand jury indicted 56-year-old James Fondaw on June 7 for first-degree promoting contraband and being a persistent felony offender. According to a release from the McCracken County Jail, the charges stem from an incident during which Fondaw reportedly had a large folding knife in the jail, and threw it into a trash bag right before he and another inmate had a verbal disagreement.

Police said their investigation showed Fondaw attempted to retrieve the knife and use it to harm inmates in the cell, but other inmates prevented him from doing so.

Jail officials said they are unsure how the knife made it into the cell. The jail's new body scanner was not yet installed at the time of the incident.

Fondaw has a criminal history including homicide, wanton endangerment, burglary and criminal mischief.

Published 07:13 AM, Thursday Jun. 13, 2019
Updated 05:46 AM, Friday Jun. 14, 2019

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