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Suspended prison terms handed down in meth bust

Tama County District Court

June 19, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A 10-year prison term and a pair of five-year terms for a Waterloo woman who pled guilty earlier to drug charges were suspended last week in Tama County District Court in Toledo by Judge Ian K. Thornhill.

Amber Nicole Stirm, 32, pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to manufacture, deliver or posses with intent to deliver methamphetamine and charges of possession of lithium and possession of ethyl ether as precursors to manufacture, sell or distribute methamphetamine.

Fines totaling $2,500 were also suspended.

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Amber Nicole Strim

Stirm was placed on probation for four years to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services and she was directed to pay the enrollment fee. Her driver's license was revoked for 180 days.

Stirm and three others were charged at 1106 U.S. Highway 63 following a traffic stop by Tama County Deputy Sheriffs Joe Quandt and Brian Randall on Dec. 13, 2013.

In other cases before Judge Thornhill:

Jay Shannon Bear Jr., 18, rural Tama, received deferred judgments on charges of 1st offense drunken driving and possession with intent to deliver marijuana. He was placed on probation for two years and assessed civil penalties totaling $1,065.

Bear pled guilty on May 8.

He was charged on Nov. 1, 2013, at the junction of Tama County Roads E29 and M Avenue after a vehicle went into a ditch. The charges were filed by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Michael Wright.

Nathasha Ann Ribby, 25, Tama, pled guilty to possession of marijuana. She received a deferred judgment, was placed on supervised probation and directed to pay a $300 supervisory enrollment fee and a $315 civil penalty.

Ribby was charged on Feb. 26 in the 500 block of Beautiful Street by Tama Police Officer Mark Bear.

William D. Dunlop, 44, East Moline, Ill., pled guilty to possession of marijuana. He received a deferred judgment, was placed on unsupervised probation and directed to pay a $315 civil penalty.

Dunlop was charged on April 8 on U.S. Highway 63 in Tama County by DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Caitlin Reisner.



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