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Dawna McDanielWORTHINGTON — Two Worthington residents, Nicholas Butera, 23, and Dawna McDaniel, 44, were arrested Sunday evening on two felonies: fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult. Additionally, both were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possessing a small amount of marijuana, no remuneration, both petty misdemeanors.

According to court documents, just before 8 p.m. Sunday, Worthington Police Department officers were dispatched following a report of a man whispering over the phone that he was trapped in a home in the 1700 block of Pauline Avenue.

When the officers arrived, they were met by McDaniel, whom they recognized from previous encounters.

After entering the home, the officers went to a bedroom door where Butera said he had telephoned 911 because someone was trying to get him.Nicholas Butera

Butera told officers he had locked himself in his room for three hours because he heard someone yelling they were coming after him. He then said he hid in the closet, but continued to hear voices. While speaking to law enforcement, Butera appeared anxious and fidgety while making erratic movements. Officers determined he exhibited signs of being under the influence of methamphetamine.

As the officers searched the room, a small glass pipe was located underneath a dresser beside a plastic baggy with a white substance. Both tested positive for methamphetamine. In addition, the officers discovered three glass Mason jars beneath the bed that smelled like marijuana. The jars also tested positive.

When police arrested Butera and escorted him outside to the squad car, they noticed an adjacent bedroom had a crib and children’s clothing. Officers asked McDaniel if a child resided in the residence. The criminal complaint alleges that McDaniel said her daughter, daughter’s boyfriend and their son stayed in that room. She also told officers that she smokes methamphetamine on occasion and would probably test positive for the substance, which she later did.

McDaniel was also placed under arrest and transported to the Nobles County Jail along with her nephew. Both are currently in the Nobles County Jail and will make initial appearances in court next month.

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