Inmate found with two ‘shanks’ in jail cell

Deputies also reportedly found sand paper hidden in a toilet paper roll

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office released this photo of the "shanks" found in Eliott Joseph Pernice jail cell.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office released this photo of the "shanks" found in Eliott Joseph Pernice jail cell.

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.

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