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Police say children endangered as accused druggies arrested


This news story was published on September 1, 2020.
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RANDALIA, IOWA – Police say children were in danger as they raided a small town house and hauled off two people accused of drug crimes.

On August 28, 2020, at approximately 8:30 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s office received a call of a welfare check on multiple minor children at 209 N 2nd St. Randalia IA. As Fayette County Sheriff Deputies arrived on scene to check welfare, a male subject exiting the residence was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on the residence. Upon Search of the residence, multiple drug paraphernalia items, illegal substances, pills, and illegal edibles were found and seized.

Valerie Sue Knospe, age 33 and William David Troxel, age 40, both of Randalia, were arrested and charged with Possession with intent to Deliver, a D Felony; 5 Counts of Child Endangerment, Aggravated Misdemeanors; Gathering Where Marijuana is used; Possession of marijuana; Possession of Cannabidiol; Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Troxel was additionally charged with Possession of Controlled substance 3rd Offense, a D Felony. Troxel and Knospe were taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail where they awaited initial appearance.

All minor children at the residence were found to be okay. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Iowa State Patrol and Department of Human Services. If convicted, Troxel and Knospe could face up to 20 years in Prison.

William David Troxel

Valerie Sue Knospe

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