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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 9, 2016

Jefferson County Jail inmate dies

By NICOLE HESTER-WILLIAMS, Ledger staff writer | Nov 28, 2016

A Jefferson County Jail inmate died over the weekend following his arrest by an Iowa State Patrolman.

Daniel Fluharty Jr., 18, of Fairfield was arrested for possession of marijuana, and taken to the Jefferson County Law Center around 1:57 a.m. Saturday.

According to a Jefferson County Attorney’s office press release, Fluharty went through the booking process at the law center with no incident, but after being placed in a cell, he began exhibiting what appeared to be a medical issue that jail staff immediately addressed.

An ambulance transported Fluharty to the Jefferson County Health Center, where he subsequently died.

“We don’t believe the autopsy is going to be performed until Wednesday,” Jefferson County attorney Timothy Dille stated, adding that the incident is still under investigation.

Chief deputy sheriff Bart Richmond of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office agreed.

“We’ve got [the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation] coming in, and they will be completing the investigation and assisting the sheriff’s office,” Richmond said, adding that no further information could be released about the incident at this time.

Dille said he didn’t believe that Fluharty had been arrested in the past.

According to his obituary, Fluharty was the son of Timothy Fluharty Sr. and Ruth Ann Gomes. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family and friends.

The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Beatty Funeral Home in Washington, Iowa.

The obituary is on page 8 today.

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