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Russell County Jail Inmate Dies

Russell County Sheriff63-year-old Melody Ann Blake of Russell died Tuesday night at the Russell County Jail after her arrest earlier Tuesday on charges of criminal threat and disorderly conduct.

According to a press release from Russell County Sheriff Fred Whitman, at approximately 11:50 PM, Blake was found unresponsive during a routine check by corrections staff.

Additional Russell County officers and EMS were contacted and responded to the jail.

Blake was transported by ambulance to Russell Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was notified and an autopsy was performed. Results of the autopsy are pending and the death remains under investigation.

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