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Mountain State Fugitive Task Force makes two arrests in Panhandle

February 12, 2013
  • Michael Howell and Tina Wilt
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force arrested two fugitives Tuesday morning in the Eastern Panhandle, according to a news release.

Michael Howell 31, of Ranson, W.Va., was found in a home off East Park Ave. in Ranson and taken into custody without incident.

Howell was wanted in West Virginia for violating conditions of his parole stemming from a burglary conviction, the release states.

Tina Wilt, 42, of Martinsburg, was found by task force members in a home off Olympic Drive in Martinsburg, the release states. Wilt was charged as a fugitive from justice and is in Eastern Regional Jail awaiting extradition back to Virginia.

Wilt was wanted by Virginia officials for violation of her conditions of probation from a prior conviction of obtaining prescription drugs by fraudulent means.

The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force (MSFTF) is a team of the following federal, state and local agencies: West Virginia State Police, Martinsburg City Police, Shepherdstown Police Department, Berkeley County Sheriff Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The primary mission of the U.S. Marshals led task forces is to locate and capture fugitives.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at www.usmarshals.gov.

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