Man and Woman Wanted in Sturbridge Arrested in Iowa

 by Tom MarinoJune 14, 2022

STURBRIDGE - Two individuals wanted on warrants in Sturbridge have been arrested in Nevada, Iowa on Monday.

In 2020, police arrested Matthew Palmer in Sturbridge for being a parole violator in Oregon and a sex offender who failed to register. Police arrested Morgan Wickers-Lowell the same day for misleading the investigation into Palmer.

After posting bail, both fled and have been wanted since that time.

The Sturbridge Police Department received information from the Nevada, Iowa Police Department indicating both Palmer and Wickers-Lowell may be residing there.

The Sturbridge Police Department says that its staff worked with Nevada police over a two week period leading to the arrest of the both Palmer and Wickers-Lowell. Nevada Police also sought an arrest warrant for Palmer for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

At the request of Sturbridge Police, the Worcester County District Attorney's office entered the warrants for Palmer and Wickers-Lowell into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Sturbridge Police report that on Monday, June 13, Nevada police took Wickers-Lowell into custody. Later Monday morning, Nevada Police and the Story County, Iowa Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at the apartment of Palmer and Wickers-Lowell. Palmer was also arrested.

During the arrest of Palmer, Sturbridge police say that law enforcement officers in Iowa found a marijuana growing operation at the time of arresting Palmer.

Both Palmer and Wickers-Lowell are being held without bail in Iowa. They both face charges of:

  • Possession with Intent to Deliver, Felony
  • Possession of Marijuana Manufacture, Felony
  • Possession of Controlled Substance, Serious Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Misdemeanor
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender 2nd, Felony
  • Failure to affix Drug Stamp X8, Felony
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Felony (Massachusetts Warrant)
  • Obstruction of Prosecution, Felony (Massachusetts Warrant)
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