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Mardy Gunnoe

MADISON — A man who was held in a holding cell within the Boone County Sheriff’s Office allegedly broke a sprinkler head on July 17, activating the emergency sprinkler system within the annex and flooding the office, according to Chief Deputy Chad Barker and a criminal complaint prepared by Deputy AM Cook.

Mardy Gunnoe, 49, of Bob White, was charged with felony destruction of property in relation to the incident.

The complaint states that the water from the sprinkler head flooded the holding area of the sheriff’s office, the family court downstairs, the basement, ceiling tiles, a K-9 dog bite suit, files and flooring, causing more than $2,500 in damages.

“Unfortunately, this is bigger than just drying up water,” Barker said via email.

Officials could not confirm whether insurance would cover the damages to the building and the damaged contents.

As of CVN print deadline, Gunnoe was held at Southwestern Regional Jail without bail and has two pending cases in Boone County Magistrate Court.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@ or at 304-307-2401.