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Adair County Sheriff’s report, 9/25/23: Greenfield man arrested for Sex Abuse & other offenses


September 25th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Greenfield, Iowa) – The Adair County Sheriff’s Department reports five arrests. Sheriff Jeff Vandewater says 21-year-old Dakota Lane Paxton, of Greenfield, was arrested Sept. 19th by the Iowa State Patrol. Paxton was taken into custody on an Adair County warrant charging him with more than 30 counts each of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree (child victim 4 or more years older), Enticing a minor under 16 for sexual purposes, five counts Sexual Exploitation of a minor, and two counts Purchase/Possession Depiction of a Minor – cause to engage in act. Paxton was released the same day on a $20,000 cash or surety bond.

44-year-old Tanya Lynn Funke, of Stuart, was arrested Sept. 17th by an Adair County Deputy. She was taken into custody on Adair County warrants for Domestic Abuse Assault/1st offense, and Child Endangerment. Funke was released the following day on a $2,300 c/s bond.

On Sept. 19th, 29-year-old Bianca Linette McGhee, and 29-year-old Antanea Lashay Burton, both of Des Moines, were arrested at the Kum-and-Go in Stuart, by Stuart Police. Both were charged with Theft in the 3rd Degree after admitting to stealing several bottles of liquor from the store valued at more than $416. Police discovered several other bottles of liquor in the women’ vehicle, for which they could not provide proof of purchase. A strong odor of marijuana was also coming from the vehicle. A clear plastic bag of a green leafy substance thought to be marijuana, was found in the center console. McGhee said the vehicle was hers, and the pot belonged to her “baby daddy.” An additional investigation revealed the women had also been in the Adair, Walnut and Neola Kum-and-Go Stores, but nothing was stolen from the Walnut or Adair stores, because they were notified in advance to be on the lookout for the suspects. Two bottles of liquor were determined to have been stolen from the store in Neola.

McGhee’s charges were enhanced to Theft in the 3rd due to prior convictions for Theft in Iowa and Nebraska. She was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and transported to the Adair County Jail in Greenfield. Both McGhee and Burton were released later that day on bond amounting to $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.

And, on Sept. 21st, 24-year-old Drew Brian Steckelberg, of Adair, was arrested by a Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy, after a pickup stolen from Adair on the 20th, was pulled over. Once the theft was confirmed, an Adair County Deputy took custody of Steckelberg, and charged him with Theft in the 2nd Degree. His bond was set at $5,000.