The municipal court in Texarkana began an amnesty program for people with outstanding misdemeanor warrants. On Monday, the Texarkana Texas Police Department turned in papers of those picked up for not paying outstanding misdemeanor warrants.
"I'll have served several of them this morning and have taking them up to jail and booked them," says TTPD Capt. Joe Bunting.
The city is participating in what it calls "The Great Texas Roundup Program," an effort across the state to reduce the number of outstanding warrants.
"We are trying to get folks to come in between 8 and 5, Monday through Friday, and pay their outstanding warrant before they are arrested at their home or place of employment," says Jean Yeager, Texarkana, Texas Court Clerk.
Yeager says there are about 10,700 outstanding warrants on the books in the city. For police, the number means, "We are going to be very busy the next couple of weeks," Bunting says.
Most of the warrants are for traffic violations, theft under $50, noise violations, animal violations and other city ordinances, Yeager says.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant in Texarkana, Texas, you can call 903-798-3790 or 903-793-3013.