Fentanyl, arson suspects indicted by Jefferson County grand jury

STEUBENVILLE — A Cleveland man who was allegedly caught with a large amount of fentanyl and a city man who reportedly lit the porch of a house on fire were indicted Wednesday by the Jefferson County grand jury.

Tanner Carroll, 24, of 605 N. Webster Ave. was indicted on a charge of arson. The fire department was called to a fire on the porch of an abandoned duplex at 526 Clinton St. around 4 a.m. on Aug. 17.

Prior to the fire department arriving, a Steubenville police officer noticed Carroll outside the house and took him into custody.

Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said Carroll admitted to police he set the fire.

Cardell R. Kinney, 37, of Cleveland was indicted on a second-degree felony drug possession charge. Hanlin said an investigation by the county drug task force led to the July 26 confiscation of a large amount of fentanyl at a motel off University Boulevard and from a home in Steubenville.

Nickolas J. Javins, 20, of 811 Market St. was indicted on a felony charge of assault, misdemeanor obstructing official business and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

Mingo Junction Police Chief Joe Sagun said a village officer on June 16 responded to a report of a disturbance at an apartment on Woodland Avenue.

Javins took a swing at the officer at the scene and had to be restrained, Sagun said.

Michael J. Snyder, 31, of 725 South St. was indicted on a charge of having a weapon under disability. Hanlin said a gun was recovered at a downtown apartment. When nobody claimed ownership, the gun and a T-shirt covering the gun were sent to a state crime lab for analysis, she said. The test results showed DNA evidence from Snyder, Hanlin said.

Johnathon D. Beckett, 21, of Newcomerstown was indicted on charges of possession of drugs, having a weapon under disability and misdemeanor menacing.

Dreshawn Barrett, 25, of Chillicothe was indicted on charges of complicity to drug trafficking and tampering with evidence.

Joseph J. Smearman, 34, of Apartment 2, 959 Jefferson St., Follansbee, was indicted on single counts of theft of credit cards and misdemeanor theft.