Adair County

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Stormy Allen, 41, of Greenfield, was taken into custody 4:37 p.m. Jan. 15 on a court order to serve jail sentence.

She was released from the Adair County Jail after court ordered time was served.

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Todd L. Lauridsen, 59, of Ames, was taken into custody 10:21 p.m. Jan. 15 for the charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver- methamphetamine less than five grams, first offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a Stuart Police report, at approximately 8:39 p.m. officers observed a Honda Accord parked with its lights off on the side of the road on Adair-Madison Avenue, occupied by a male who was sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Officers made contact with the male, identified as Lauridsen, who told officers the vehicle had broken down and the driver had been picked up by another friend to get a trailer for the car.

While speaking with Lauridsen, officers observed a clear plastic baggie with the bottom half torn, sitting in plain view on the driver’s seat. Lauridsen handed the baggie to officers. The baggie had a crystalline residue inside the baggie consistent with methamphetamine. Lauridsen was then asked exit the vehicle. While standing up and exiting the vehicle, officers noticed a crystalline substance which appeared to have been dumped out on the passenger seat and passenger floor board. Lauridsen said the residue was from peanuts he had been eating. The residue field tested positive for methamphetamine.

A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted, during which a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue was located under the passenger seat Lauridsen was sitting in. In the trunk of the vehicle, another glass pipe, scale, spoon and multiple unused baggies, commonly used in the sale of narcotics, were located in a black box. Lauridsen had $448 on his person, $300 of which was in 100 dollar bills and the rest was in small denominations, also consistent with the sale of narcotics.

Lauridsen was transported to the Adair County Jail where he was released from after posting $10,000 cash or surety bond.

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Michelle Evans, 57, of Bridgewater, was taken into custody 9:59 p.m. Jan. 16, on two Adair County warrants the first for six counts of animal neglect with serious injury or death issued July 7 and the second for six counts animal neglect with serious injury or death, issued Aug. 30.

According to an Adair County report, On July 31, 2020, a friend acting on behalf of Evans transported nine of Evans’ dogs to a pet rescue in DeSoto to be surrendered for adoption. According to the executive director of the pet rescue, all nine dogs had extremely matted fur and were infested with fleas. One dog had to be transported to a pet hospital in Des Moines to receive a blood transfusion due to flea bite anemia.

At the request of the friend who surrendered the dogs, the pet rescue went to Evans’ property Aug. 1, 2020, to rescue/adopt additional dogs. Seven dogs, who reportedly were in similar condition to the nine initially surrendered, were removed by the pet rescue from the property. Five of the dogs had to be transported to the pet hospital in Des Moines for medical treatment. The medical provider at the pet hospital stated all five dogs arrived with severe matting and flea burden, and the dogs sustained a degree of serious injury as defined in Iowa Code.

On Aug. 5, 2020, a search warrant was executed on the property belonging to Evans in Bridgewater by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. Excessive animal waste was present inside the residence, creating unsanitary conditions. In total, more than 26 live dogs were removed from the property by the pet rescue and law enforcement. The severe flea infestation inside the residence caused the flea bite anemia resulting in the six dogs requiring veterinarian care. The failure of Evans to provide this care on her own risked the lives of these six dogs.

On Sept. 5, 2020, Evans entered into a deferred prosecution agreement. Evans did not comply with the conditions of the agreement, causing Adair County to file charges reference this case March 2021 which Evans was arrested for September 2021. Evans was released on bond with pretrial release supervision required.

Evans was also court ordered to make contact with the Department of Correctional Services and complete a pre-sentence investigation. On July 7, the Adair County District Court issued an arrest warrant for Evans for failing to complete her court ordered PSI interview. On Aug. 30, Adair County District Court issued a second warrant revoking her pretrial release.

Evans was transported to the Adair County Jail where she is being held on $20,000 cash- only bond.