June 22, 2016 Edition

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Judge Weeks: Effort to clean up
old warrants, fines was success

A recent effort to address numerous outstanding warrants in the Lawrence County District Court has proved successful, according to District Court Judge Adam Weeks.

A little over $27,000 was collected on outstanding warrants in Walnut Ridge, Hoxie and Lawrence County, he said.

Some 72 (or 29.39 percent) out of 358 warrants have now been removed from the outstanding warrants list.

As a result of the process, 14 people were also reinstated with their driver's licenses.

"It's been tremendously successful," Weeks said. The goal was to give the citizens a break, help them get on with their lives and put old fines behind them, he added.

"Some people will break down and cry," said Weeks. These are citizens who haven't had a driver's license in years. Having a driver's license helps make them eligible for employment

After encouraging payment of fines for misdemeanor crimes, a list of outstanding warrants was published in The TD by Walnut Ridge, Hoxie and Lawrence County.

Those who are on the list can have their warrant served at the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, located in the Lawrence County Courthouse in Walnut Ridge, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fines can be paid at the District Court Clerk's Office, located at 116 Northwest Third Street in Walnut Ridge.

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