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A 36-year-old Montezuma County man was being held Friday on a charge of first-degree homicide in the death of his mother. Sheriff Steve Nowlin says Jeremiah Damron is believed to have shot his mother, 62-year-old Kristie Damron, sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday. Nowlin says his office received a report about 10 a.m. Thursday about a possible shooting at the suspect's home on County Road 21.75, and found Kristie Damron dead in the backyard.

The Montezuma County Detention Center had to be shut down and decontaminated Friday after three deputies and a detention nurse developed respiratory problems and light-headedness. They had come into contact with an Albuquerque man who was arrested in Cortez in a stolen vehicle after a high-speed pursuit. Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin tells KSJD Michael B. McMordie, age 31, was spotted going over 100 mph in a law enforcement vehicle on Highway 145 around 8 Friday morning.

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Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition for an update on deputies' shooting of 53-year-old Pleasant View resident Tyrone Peabody the night of July 4th. Click below to listen.

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The sheriff of San Juan County, Utah, is scheduled to appear in court July 25th on charges related to an incident in which he allegedly pointed an unloaded rifle at an employee in 2014 and pulled the trigger.

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New Mexico has the highest jail-incarceration rate in the nation. That's according to a new report by the Prison Policy Initiative, a non-partisan non-profit that advocates for criminal-justice reform. In 2013, the latest year for which data was available, nearly 341 out of every 100,000 people in New Mexico were held in jails. The state with the second-highest rate was Georgia, with about 317 per 100,000 people. In contrast, Colorado’s rate was 221.

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