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Published December 10, 2009, 08:35 AM

Ward County Inmate Hangs Self

Jail Commander Penny Erickson says 52-year-old Durwin Whitelightning was found about 6 a.m. Wednesday. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Ward County authorities say an inmate hanged himself in his cell.

Jail Commander Penny Erickson says 52-year-old Durwin Whitelightning was found about 6 a.m. Wednesday. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Erickson says White Lightning had been booked into the jail about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on drug charges. Sheriff Vern Erck says Whitelightning used the sheet from his bed to hang himself.

Whitelightning listed residences in Cannonball and Eugene, Ore.

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