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Trial dates set on meth charges
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Trial dates were scheduled for two Platteville people on a combined 11 drug charges in Grant County Circuit Court earlier this month.

William R. Nida, 39, and Donna M. Lowther, 53, both face charges of 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.

The meth charges both face include maximum sentences of 13 years in prison and $30,000 in fines. 

Nida faces an additional charge of possession with intent to deliver 3 to 10 grams of methamphetamine, which has a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Nida pleaded not guilty to the charges April 4. His trial is scheduled for May 17 and May 24. A status conference on Nida’s charges is scheduled for today.

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. 

A status conference on Lowther’s charges will be held today. She 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.

Grant County sheriff’s deputies and Platteville police and firefighters assisted at the scene. North Water Street was blocked off between Main Street and Madison Street for more than two hours while the search took place.


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