NEWPORT, Ore. (KOIN) -– An inmate at Lincoln County Jail is facing new charges after deputies said they found him in possession of a homemade weapon.
Last week, Elliott Joseph Pernice was charged with 2 counts of possession of a weapon by an inmate and one count of supplying contraband.
A corrections deputy searched Pernice’s jail cell and found a comb with teeth missing, according to court records. One end of the comb was reportedly sharpened to a point.
Officials said the point had been fashioned by rubbing it on a rough surface. The shank, as deputies called it, could have been used to cause “serious bodily harm or death to another person or one’s self.”
A more detailed search turned up another shank with a sharp point on one end, according to court documents. Both shanks were reportedly fashioned in the same way.
Deputies said they found what appeared to be a sheet of material similar to sand paper hidden in a toilet paper roll. The item, deputies said, is not issued to inmates and is considered contraband.
Pernice is scheduled to appear in Lincoln County Court for a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon. Records show he was originally booked for unlawful possession of a firearm in July.