Prosecutor: Woman charged after trying to snort heroin in Carroll County jail


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Six people were indicted by a Carroll County Grand Jury on Wednesday, Oct. 5 during a half-day session.

County Prosecutor Steven D. Barnett said the Grand Jury heard testimony from six witnesses involving six cases, all of which were returned as indictments.

Douglas Wayne Butler, 42, of 8324 Citrus Road NW, Malvern, was indicted on one count of Having Weapons While Under Disability.

It is alleged that on Oct. 1, 2022, deputies were dispatched to a residence where Butler was not supposed to be. Deputies determined Butler was allegedly in possession of  a rifle. He’s disabled from possessing any firearms due to a 2000 drug trafficking conviction.

Anthony J. Bowers, 45, of 7303 Minerva Road, Waynesburg, was indicted on one count of Possession of Cocaine, a fifth degree felony, and one count of Drug Paraphernalia, a fourth degree misdemeanor. 

It is alleged that on April 8, 2022, Bowers was found with 2.7 grams of cocaine in his vehicle following a traffic stop on Canton Road in Brown Township. A straw used to allegedly administer cocaine was also found during the search of Bowers vehicle.

Joshua A. Arbaugh, 43, of 353 2nd St NE, Carrollton, was inidicted on two counts of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, each a fifth degree felony. 

It is alleged that on May 8, 2022, deputies found fentanyl and methamphetamine in Arbaugh’s vehicle during a traffic stop in Sherrodsville.

John M.P. Johnson, 45, of 200 East Iron Ave, Dover, was indicted on one count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a second degree felony, and one count each of Drug Paraphernalia Offenses and Fictitious Plates, each a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

It is alleged that on May 13, 2022, Johnson was found in possession of approximately 41 grams of meth and several glass pipes used to smoke meth following a traffic stop by Carroll County Sheriff’s deputies on Canton Road in Brown Township. Deputies also discovered the vehicle’s license plate was not registered to the vehicle.

Kyle Nicholas Vinka, 32, whose last known address is 6090 Hill Street SE, Amsterdam, was indicted on one count of Failure to Provide Notice of Change of Address; Registration of New Address, a fifth degree felony.

It is alleged that between April 4, 2022 and Sept. 30, 22, Vinka failed to verify or otherwise report any change of address according to the terms of sex offender registration requirements. 

Vinka allegedly moved from Carroll County without reporting the change of address to the county sheriff as required. Vinka was convicted of Importuning, a felony of the fifth degree, in 2021 in Jefferson County. He is required to verify his address once per year.

April Louise Wagner, 45, of 828 Shorb Ave. NW, Apt. 1, Canton was inidicted on one count of Possession of Heroin, a fifth degree felony; one count of Tampering with Evidence, a third degree felony; one count of Illegal Conveyance of Drugs of Abuse onto the Grounds of a Detention Facility, a third degree felony; and one count of Driving Under OVI Suspension, a first degree misdemeanor.

It is alleged that on Sept. 28, 2022, Carrollton Police Officers stopped a vehicle operated by Wagner for a traffic violation. She was found driving under suspension with alleged narcotics. After being brought to the Carroll County Jail, officers allegedly discovered Wagner had attempted to snort suspected heroin in an effort to discard it as evidence and attempted to bring Suboxone into the Jail.