New bunks going in at Klamath County Jail

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, January 31 2014 at 3:59 PM, Updated: Fri, January 31 2014 at 10:15 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- More bunks are being installed to increase capacity at the Klamath County Jail.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says he wants to make sure criminals have a place to stay...

"You think you're going to commit crimes in Klamath County - Whether it's the city, or somewhere in the county, you are going to jail."

So, he's installing extra beds at the jail.

"We're going to put in 44 now, and I hope to put in an additional 44."

The jail currently can hold over 150 inmates.

But Skrah says he wants to keep the maximum capacity a secret...

"We can't divulge that number. That's a number we don't want to talk about."

Skrah explains that if criminals know the jail is full, they'll be booked and released.

Skrah hopes the new bunks will help to send a fresh message...

"We have room for you."

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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