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Judge Karl Issues Capias Warrants

By Staff | Feb 2, 2011

While the Wetzel County Circuit Court gallery was full of defendants Jan. 26, two individuals failed to appear in court Wednesday, garnering the issuance of capias warrants against them.

Brian Tyler Russell, 21, of 819 Fifth Street, New Martinsville, failed to appear for a third time in Wetzel County Circuit Court. It was stated he has yet to be found and therefore Judge Mark A. Karl issued another capias warrant for his arrest. His capias continues from his previous offenses, also.

On Jan. 17 Russell was charged with one count of the felony offense of failure to appear on felony bail, in that on or about Dec. 1 in Wetzel County Russell allegedly, having been admitted to bail after being charged with a felony, willfully, and without just cause, failed to appear before the Wetzel County Circuit Court for a hearing which he was required to attend.

On Oct. 4, 2010 Russell entered a plea of innocence for his one-count charge of the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver wherein on or about June 29 Russell is said to have possessed marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance, in Wetzel County with the intent to deliver the same said marijuana.

Robert Lee Brown, 35, of 742 Maple Lane, Sistersville, also failed to appear in court Wednesday. Furthermore it was learned Brown was not found in Tyler County. As such a capias warrant for his arrest was issued.

Brown received a two-count indictment charging him with the felony offenses of altering a distinguishing number for a motor vehicle (count one) and receiving stolen property (count two).

Between July 1 and Aug. 22 in Wetzel County Brown allegedly altered a distinguishing number, being a West Virginia registration plate, by placing on his motor vehicle a registration plate which he knew was not assigned to his motor vehicle.

Additionally, during this same time period Brown allegedly knowingly and unlawfully received from another person a West Virginia registration plate which he knew or had reason to believe had been stolen.