Today, 205 lucky Porter area residents will have an opportunity to clear up their outstanding warrants and stop looking over their shoulders and local merchants stand to recover a considerable amount of money from bad checks as members of the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office will conduct their second weekly warrant roundup.
Constable Rowdy Hayden and company inherited about 26,000 warrants and are working to reduce that number using standard methods as well as the new system that had its trial run last week. Hayden’s Mobile Command Unit parked in front of the East Montgomery County Community Center and functioned as an office and holding cell where officers picked up warrants and dropped off suspects in the Splendora and Patton Village area. It was staffed by Pct. 4 personnel and a member of Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts’ office staff.
The warrants were the final effort to collect payment for bad checks written to local merchants, or to collect fines and court costs owed to the Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Court. Everyone detained managed to pay their fines and avoid going to jail.
In all, 30 total cases were cleared in the small trial run, and $3,620.90 was collected, returning almost $400 to local merchants.
Hayden says his office plans to focus on a different area every week and cover the entire precinct, but those who owe fines, court costs or restitution are welcome to come forward on their own.