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One to sentencing, one going to trial on drug charges
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One of the two people who face multiple drug-related charges pleaded to those charges, while the other is scheduled to go to trial.

William R. Nida, 39, Platteville, pleaded no contest Thursday to charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance near a park, disposal of methamphetamine manufacturing waste, and neglecting a child.

Charges of possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana were dismissed, according to court records.

Nida will be sentenced on the charges June 30.

Donna M. Lowther, 53, Platteville, is scheduled to have a trial on her charges June 14, with a status conference June 1, according to court records.

Lowther is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, purchase of pseudoephedrine for another with the intent to facilitate another person’s manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and neglecting a child.

Lowther pleaded not guilty to those charges April 11.

Lowther faces two additional counts of felony bail jumping and one count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, for an incident April 7, according to court records. Lowther waived a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to those charges April 20.

Lowther is free on a $1,000 signature bond. Nida is in the Grant County Jail, according to online court records.

The Richland–Iowa–Grant Drug Task Force and the state Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Clandestine Lab executed the search warrant at 395 N. Water St. March 4 around 11:30 a.m. Detectives dressed from head to toe in hazardous-materials gear brought various items out of the triplex, putting them on a tarp on the front lawn.

More than an hour after the search began, a man later identified as Nida, followed about half an hour later by a woman later identified as Lowther, were taken into custody.


A 4-year-old child in the house was turned over to Grant County Social Services.