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NORTHWOOD | A former Northwood-Kensett Schools teacher pleaded guilty to drug charges and was sentenced to two days in jail.

Sara Fenske, 27, of Northwood, was charged with misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine -- second offense, possession of marijuana - second offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She entered a written plea of guilty March 28 to possession of a controlled substance, marijuana - second offense as part of a plea agreement.  

Worth County Attorney Jeffrey Greve filed a motion to dismiss the methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia charges as part of the agreement and the court accepted.

Fenske was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for time served and a $315 fine.

Fenske, who resigned from her position at Northwood-Kensett Schools, was a family and consumer science teacher and was involved in the school's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club.

At about 11:27 a.m. Nov. 17, the Worth County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at 906 Third Ave. N. in Northwood. The home is owned by Robb Tyson of rural Northwood, according to online Worth County property records.

“As a result of the search, several items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills unaccompanied by a valid prescription and a handgun were seized from the residence among other items,” the sheriff’s office said in a release.

Two other women were arrested as a result of the search. 

Joya Salzkorn, 23, of Hartley, was charged with unlawful possession of prescription pills, possession of meth -- second offense, possession of marijuana -- second offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Salzkorn entered a written plea of guilty to the methamphetamine charge in a plea agreement. The other charges were dismissed as part of the agreement. She was sentenced to 52 days in jail with credit for time served and a $625 suspended fine.  

Taylor Pohar, 22, of Milford, was charged with possession of meth -- third or subsequent offense, possession of marijuana -- third or subsequent offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Pohar entered a written plea of guilty to the methamphetamine charge. The other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Pohar was sentenced to up to five years in prison suspended and a $750 suspended fine. She was also placed on three to five years on probation.  

According to court documents, Fenske answered the door at the residence, and Salzkorn and Pohar were in the bedroom upstairs.

In the living room, a Worth County deputy observed "plastic tubing with a glass pipe attached to it that appeared to be used for narcotics," court documents said.

Fenske allegedly told law enforcement she had smoked weed "a couple of days prior," court documents said, and that there were pipes belonging to her boyfriend in her bedroom downstairs.

Deputies discovered two pipes with burnt marijuana residue in a dresser containing Fenske's ID, according to court documents, as well as meth in the closet of her room.  

In Pohar and Salzhorn’s room, there were multiple pipes with burnt meth and marijuana residue, court documents said.

Law enforcement also allegedly found a pan with marijuana inside it, as well as a plastic baggie with three Seroquel pills.

Salzkorn claimed the pills were hers, as she suffers from insomnia, but stated the pills were given to her as she doesn't have a prescription for them, court documents said.

A handgun missing its barrel wrapped in a blue bandanna was located in a chest in the room Salzkorn and Pohar were in, court documents said.

Pohar, a convicted felon, told deputies the gun was found at a rest area west of Interstate 35, on Interstate 90, but said she didn't know it was in the house.

She also told law enforcement she couldn't tell whose drug paraphernalia belong to whom "because they all used it together," court documents said.

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