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VOLUME 118 ISSUE 10

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Two arrested after house search for meth

Inside
Hillmen done
The Platteville girls and
boys basketball teams
seasons ended within 24
hours of each other last
week.

Sports: 14A

Gymnasts 9th
The
Platteville/Belmont/Lancaster gymnastics team finished ninth
at the WIAA state girls
gymnastics meet in Wisconsin Rapids Friday.

SPORTS: 14A

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Index

Business 9A
Church directory
4B
Classifieds
5B
Court news
8B
Education 11B
Entertainment 7A
The First Amendment 4A
FYI
5A
Girl Scout Week
2B
Government Journal 5A
I See by The Journal 10B
Legal notices
6B
Livingston/Rewey 3B
Society 3B
SouthWest 1B
Sports 14A
The Week
1B
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William R. Nida

Donna M. Lowther

Two Platteville people


were arrested after a Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task
Force search warrant was
executed in a Platteville
house Friday.
William R. Nida, 39, and
Donna M. Lowther, 53, were
arrested on tentative charges
of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of
methamphetamine precursors, possession of methamphetamine and child endangerment.
A 4-year-old child in the
house was turned over to
Grant County Social Services.

Neither Nida nor Lowther


had been charged as of Tuesday morning, though both
are in the Grant County Jail.
Grant County Chief Deputy
Jack Johnson said Friday that
charges were pending.
The drug task force and
the state Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Clandestine Lab
executed the search warrant
at 395 N. Water St. Friday
around 11:30 a.m. Detectives
dressed from head to toe in
hazardous-materials gear
brought various items out of
the triplex.

Authorities search the house at 395 N. Water St. Friday afternoon.

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

Two die in overnight


house fire in Rewey
REWEY Two people died
in a house fire in Rewey early
Friday morning.
The bodies of Wesley Peat,
51, and Eunice Johnson, 62,
were found inside the house
after the fire at 521 West
St. was reported before 2:30
a.m.
Peats and Johnsons bodies, which were found about
12 hours after the fire was reported, were positively identified after an autopsy in Madison Saturday. The autopsy
found that Peat and Johnson
died of thermal injuries and
smoke inhalation.
By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the house
was reportedly completely engulfed in flames. Rewey firefighters and First Responders
were assisted on the scene by
Iowa County sheriff s deputies, Montfort firefighters and
Livingston First Responders.
Investigators told area

The house on West Street appeared to have the most damage on its north side when seen Sunday afternoon.

Photo by Steve Prestegard

media that space heaters in


the house and an oxygen tank
Johnson reportedly used may

have contributed to the fire,


but the cause of the fire has
not been determined yet.

The Sheriff s Office and


the state Department of Justice Division of Criminal

All entries have been


submitted for the 2015
Great
Blizzard
Giveaway sponsored by Dairy
Queen of Platteville and
The Platteville Journal.
The person who guesses
the total snowfall accumulation from Dec. 1,
2015 to March 31, 2016
(closest without going
over) will win a free Blizzard a month for a year.
SNOWFALL DEC. 1MARCH
6: 26.8

Records High
Low
March 1 63 192320 1962
March 2 66 192312 1890
March 3 69 198310 2014
March 4 69 198312 2002
March 5 69 192112 2002
March 6 62 198311 1890

Investigation Fire Marshals


office are investigating.

Zoning
change
opposed
for St.
Augustine

Weather
2016 High Low P
Feb. 29 45 25 .01
March 1 24
9 .02
March 2 29
3

March 3 33 23

March 4 36 17

March 5 36 31

March 6 52 28

Normal 40 24
Weeks precip..03
2016 precip 0.34
WEATHER FORECAST:
www.weather.gov/[Zip
code]

Photo by Steve Prestegard

hours while the search took


place.
Neither Nida nor Lowther
have previous criminal records, according to court records.

by Steve Prestegard

plattevillejournaleditor@gmail.com

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