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Sep 7, 2010 9:12 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Public meeting planned on Colorado escape

Colorado prison officials are holding a community meeting in Sterling to discuss the escape of an inmate from a maximum-security prison there.

Department of Corrections Director Ari Zavaras and other department executives will attend the meeting Tuesday night on the campus of Northeastern Junior College.

Douglas Alward was serving time for attempted murder, assault, kidnapping and burglary when he escaped on Aug. 22. Officials haven't said how.

He surrendered three days later at a home near Yuma, where he had been holding a woman hostage. Authorities said the hostage was well but released no other details.

It was Alward's fourth escape.

He has been placed in solitary confinement at another Colorado prison.

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