Tip foils plans for escape at Spokane jail

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SPOKANE (AP) -- Spokane County jail guards found rope made of bed sheets and a steel rod last week in a cell.

A confidential tip said that Bryan J. Storms and Kirk A. Beaulieu had spent a week working to remove the window in their cell. The tipster also told officials that someone "on the outside" would aid the escape.The two, who both face trial for violent crimes, have been cellmates since September on the fifth floor of the jail.

Corrections officers found a damaged window and the homemade rope when they searched the cell.

Both men now face additional charges of attempted second-degree escape.