PARKERSBURG - A man who was arrested for allegedly making methamphetamine in a local motel room failed to appear for a change of plea hearing Wednesday in Wood County Circuit Court.
Wayne Owens Jr., 26, 914 Laverne St., Parkersburg, was arrested in March 2013 after deputies were dispatched to the motel after reports of a strong chemical odor coming from the room.
Deputies said they noticed items in plain view that are consistent with the use of or manufacturing of methamphetamine and called in the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force.
Owens did not appear for the hearing and Judge Jeffrey Reed granted a motion for a capias for Owens' arrest and for his $40,000 bond to be revoked.
Owens was indicted by the May 2013 grand jury on a charge of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.
In another hearing, John Michael Teter, 32, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was arraigned on an indictment from the January grand jury. He entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. His trial was set for April 29 before Judge J.D. Beane.
Teter was one of three men who were arrested in August after the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant.
In Teter's apartment at 500 13th St., Parkersburg, police discovered two bags containing a large amount of suspected black tar heroin, individually wrapped in tin foil balls. Agents also found marijuana, scales, numerous needles and other contraband in the apartment, officials said.
In other hearings Wednesday:
* Jennifer Lynn Neal, 28, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was sentenced after she was not admitted to the West Central Drug Court. In September she pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge as charged by the May 2012 grand jury. Judge Robert Waters sentenced her to 233 days in the regional jail with credit for 233 days served to be served concurrently with a sentence from Kanawha County.
* Misty Rayne Martin, 34, 5506 Sixth Ave., Vienna, entered a plea agreement with the state to plead guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver as charged by the September 2012 grand jury. His sentencing was set for 10 a.m. April 16 before Beane.