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Updated 2:19 pm Monday (Sept. 10)

The Pike County Sheriff's Department says a fourth escaped inmate, Joseph Verive, is back in the Pike County jail.  He was taken into custody on Pike 411 less than 1 mile from hwy 161 without incident.

The fifth escaped inmate, William Wilkerson, remains on the loose. 

(photo courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

The only person to face criminal charges in a series of escapes from the St. Louis city jails has pleaded guilty to a series of misdemeanors.

(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Vernon Collins, one of the two inmates who escaped from the downtown St. Louis Justice Center in April, and were later captured, has been charged again. This time, from his jail cell.

(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Four jail breaks in 15 months make the city of St. Louis look like a joke.

That was the general consensus of members of the Public Safety committee  on Wednesday following two hours of testimony on the rash of escapes.

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Sweltering heat blamed for 3 more deaths in St. Louis

The city health department says a 75-year-old woman is the fifth person to die from the heat in St. Louis this year. Her air conditioner was on but was blowing hot air in her home. She died on Sunday.

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When the Ways and Means committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen meets, anything goes as far as topics.

Today, it was the Department of Public Safety's turn on the hot seat, and pensions, recruiting and jail escapes were on the minds of the committee members. Here's a sampling of their concerns:

(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

On April 22, two inmates escaped from the St. Louis City Justice Center in downtown St. Louis by using a handmade rope, breaking a window and climbing down the outside of the building.

Both inmates were later captured.

Now, one of the guards on duty at the Justice Center during the time of the escape, Mori Farrell, has warrants against him related to the incident.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department details his warrants in a press release:

(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Updated 12:10 a.m. Saturday:

Mayor Francis Slay reports that second inmate, Vernon Collins, has been captured.

Updated 4:19 p.m.:

According to KSDK, David White has been captured in St. Louis.

Updated 9:55 a.m. with comments from Commissioner Gene Stubblefield

City corrections commssioner Gene Stubblefield provided the following details about Collins' and White's escape: