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Kathleen Norman transferred from jail to hospital, but doctors at Willamette Valley Medical Center are unable to save her

A Newberg woman died last week while in the custody of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office.

According to a release from the YCSO, 57-year-old Kathleen Margaret Norman suffered an emergency "due to an underlying medical condition" on Jan. 15 and was transported to Providence Newberg Medical Center.

Norman had been arrested on Jan. 14 by officers from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department on a warrant for failure to appear to face charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) and reckless driving.

After being released from PNMC, she was then transported to the Yamhill County jail in McMinnville, where she was housed in the medical unit and examined by the nurse of the jail's medical contractor, Correct Care Solutions. As her condition deteriorated she was then transported by emergency medical technicians to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville.

"Despite lifesaving procedures, hospital staff were unable to resuscitate her," the release said.

An autopsy was performed Jan. 16 by the State Medical Examiner's Office, including toxicology tests, but the results will not likely be released for weeks. An initial examination indicated that Norman didn't suffer from any trauma.

Sheriff Tim Svenson said in situations like this an administrative review is required; he has contacted the Marion County Sheriff's Office to conduct the review and won't comment further until the review is complete, the YCSO release said.

"This is a tragic event for Ms. Norman's family," Svenson said. "The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office are with them during this difficult time."

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