Pike sheriff warns of heroin attack

Reward up for info on murders

Staff and wire reports

An Ohio sheriff has issued a safety alert after receiving several reports of gang members planning on “taking out” snitches and spreading heroin doses intended to cause overdoses.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader says in the alert sent Monday that members of the international criminal gang MS-13 are planning on coming into Pike County this weekend.

Reader says the gang plans to spread “hotshots” of laced heroin that could lead to “an extremely large amount” of overdoses in the county and surrounding areas.

Reader says the information about the gang’s plans was gathered during recent drug-related investigations.

Meanwhile, the reward for information leading to a criminal conviction in the execution-style shooting of the eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County has been increased, according to WKEF/WRGT.

The total amount now stands at $11,365, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. No information was available about why the increase was made.

A week ago, attorney general Mike DeWine had named four specific people they were asking for information about in connection with the murders.

Forty-six-year-old George “Billy” Wagner III, 46-yea-old Angela Wagner, 25-year-old George Wagner IV and 24-year-old Edward “Jake” Wagner reportedly used to live on Peterson Road in Peebles, Ohio, but currently are believed to be living in Alaska.

Anyone with information is asked to call the BCI tip line at 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff’s Office at 740-947-2111. Anyone who provides information will remain confidential.

Reward up for info on murders

Staff and wire reports