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Accused Philipsburg-area heroin dealers waive hearing

Three months after a Philipsburg area business was targeted in a heroin raid, the two men arrested finally had their day in court — and waived the appearance.

John Lorraine Bowes, 33, of Decatur Township, and Walter Wagner, 43, of Philipsburg, bowed out of their preliminary hearings Wednesday after multiple waivers since charges were filed March 26. Police served warrants on Bowes’ home and his Rush Township business, Rebel Towing, which state Attorney General’s Office investigators allege was a location for heroin deals.

Bowes is charged with at least 14 felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and at least seven counts of misdemeanor possession, as well as conspiracy to manufacture, deliver or possess and criminal use of a communication facility.

He is free on $100,000 monetary bail.

Wagner was an employee of Rebel Towing, according to court documents. He is charged with two felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver and one charge of conspiracy, as well as misdemeanor possession charges.

He is free on $100,000 unsecured bail.

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