Austin Worthington, 26, of Casey, was taken into custody 2:52 a.m. Jan. 2 in Stuart on the charges of theft, second degree; theft fourth degree and criminal mischief.
According to an Adair County Sheriff’s report, at approximately 5:09 p.m. on Dec. 31 deputies received a report of a vehicle theft. The reporting party stated she had made an agreement with Worthington on Nov. 26, to sell a pickup to him for $700 and allowed him to take the truck with the understanding he was not to drive it until it was paid for in full, registered and insured in his name.
Worthington told the reporting party he would be able to pay her for most, if not all of it, by Dec. 2. The seller contacted Worthington Dec. 4 and reminded him of these things. On approximately Dec. 15, the seller spoke with Worthington about returning the pickup if he was unable to pay for it. Worthington began ignoring the seller’s phone calls. Dec. 30 the seller texted Worthington and told him to leave the truck at the end of his driveway with the key in it so that she could retrieve it.
The seller was unable to locate the truck and Worthington did not tell her where it was. The seller then made contact with Worthington’s girlfriend, who took her to a different address on Delta Avenue, where Worthington had parked the truck behind the residence. The truck was not in the same condition Worthington had taken it in. The factory radio had been removed, the ignition destroyed, the exhaust system cut off, the dashboard broke and his girlfriend stated there were problems with the steering gear box, making the truck unsafe to drive. The seller also said the truck looked like it had backed into something.
Worthington assumed responsibility for being in possession of stolen property when he knowingly failed to return or allow the seller, who had possession of the title and registration the entire time, to take the truck back. Worthington is also responsible for the damages done while in his possession.
On Dec. 31, while deputies were at the Delta Avenue address, a male at the residence told them he wanted to report his vehicle stolen by Worthington. According to him, he had allowed Worthington’s girlfriend, Madison Ferguson, to borrow his truck. Ferguson, who was also at the residence, admitted Worthington took the truck around 5 a.m. Dec. 29 from his residence in Casey. Ferguson stated Worthington had not been back since and had only reached out to her once by text message. At approximately 1:25 a.m. Jan. 1 this pickup was located at a Stuart residence. Worthington was located inside, still in possession of the keys to the truck.
Worthington was transported to the Adair County Jail and held on $7,000 cash or surety bond.
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Trel Peterson, 37, of Des Moines, was taken into custody 7:02 p.m. Jan. 2 in Dexter, on the charges of eluding - speed 25 mph over limit, second offense and driving while barred.
According to an Adair Police report, at approximately 5:42 p.m. Jan. 2, officers attempted to stop a white Cadillac Seville for having a black framed tinted cover over the rear license plate near Flag Road and 5th Street in Adair. The vehicle failed to yield to officers’ lights and sirens.
The vehicle continued eastbound on to Interstate 80 at speeds of more than 100 mph, passing a vehicle on the shoulder. The vehicle eventually exited the interstate at mile marker 93 and continued south on Stuart Road, eventually stopping on 350th Street and York Ave, running multiple stop signs. The vehicle traveled in excess of 70 mph on the gravel roads nearly losing control several times due to road conditions.
The driver, later identified as Peterson, was ordered out of the vehicle. He told officers he ran because he didn’t have a license. Officer’s confirmed Peterson’s license status as barred in Iowa.
Peterson was transported to the Adair County Jail where he was released from after posting $5,000 cash or surety bond.
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Michael Waddingham, 44, of Orient, was taken into custody 1:18 a.m. Jan. 7 in Orient on the charges of theft, second degree; possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense; possession of a controlled substance - marijuana, third or subsequent offense; possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of prescription drugs.
According to an Adair County report, officers observed a red Dodge Journey parked on the 100 block of North Poplar in Orient and ran the rear plate of the vehicle, which came back with a stolen vehicle record return. A male, who later identified himself as Waddingham, was seated in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. He was ordered out of the vehicle and detained in handcuffs. Deputies confirmed the stolen vehicle record from Ottumwa Police Department, who was the entering agency of the report.
Deputies spoke with Waddingham who stated he had borrowed the vehicle from a female in Creston, who had borrowed it from a friend in Ottumwa. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. A black box was located in the front passenger seat which contained two plastic baggies of a white crystalline substance, weighing 8 grams, which field tested positive for methamphetamine.
In the same box, two baggies containing a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana where located. In a grocery sack, also located in the passenger seat, deputies found blue pills, later identified as Clonazepam, a schedule IV substance requiring a prescription and orange pills, identified as Acetaminophen and Propoxyphene Napsylate, also requiring a prescription, both in a bottle on which the label had been removed.
During a continued search of the vehicle, a black bag was located in the back seat which contained a cell phone, multiple glass marijuana pipes, a “stem” commonly used for smoking methamphetamine, multiple plastic baggies, commonly used in the distribution of narcotics and other items associated with drug use.
Waddingham was transported to the Adair County Jail and held on $50,000 cash or surety bond.
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Paul Bathurst, 62, of Greenfield, was taken into custody 2:41 a.m. Jan. 7 in Greenfield on the charge of OWI, second degree.
According to a Greenfield Police report, officers stopped a Ford Explorer for a faulty headlight on the 300 block of NE Hayes Street. When the vehicle was stopped, the driver, later identified as Bathurst, parked and began to get out of the vehicle. Bathurst was asked to get back into the vehicle. When officers made contact with him, he was observed to have bloodshot, watery eyes and the odor of alcohol coming from his person.
Bathurst consented to field sobriety testing, during which, several clues of impairment were observed. He also consented to PBT testing with a result of over .08%.
Bathurst was transported to the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, where he refused to provide a breath specimen for Datamaster testing.
Bathurst was released from the Adair County Jail after posting $2,000 cash or surety bond.