PBUS News Update
Sep. 20, 2012

Professional Bail Agents of the United States seeking new executive director
Professional Bail Agents of the United States
Due to the resignation of the current PBUS executive director, PBUS is seeking candidates for the position. The executive director is responsible for management aspects of the association. The executive director administers, directs and coordinates all day-to-day functions of the association and ensures that the highest degree of quality and member service is delivered to association members, vendors, partners and the board of directors. The executive director works closely with the association president. Currently, the executive director is the sole employee of PBUS and is telecommuting. Details regarding this position are available at: www.pbus.com. Persons may apply for the executive director position by submitting a cover letter and resume to resumes@pbus.com.More

Judge waits to rule on delay of NC bail bond law
The Associated Press via the Sacramento Bee
A Wake County, N.C., judge is giving more thought before deciding whether to block a new law that gives a trade group lone authority to train bail bondsmen in North Carolina. Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens heard arguments involving a lawsuit filed by a firm competing with the North Carolina Bail Agents Association for training and continuing education needed for bondsmen to remain licensed. More

Tennessee city's residents fall victim to bail bond, check scams
The Kingsport Times News
Despite multiple warnings to the public from police cautioning people about replying to unsolicited e-mails or wiring money to strangers, individuals continue to be fleeced by scammers. Kingsport Police Department Sgt. Chris Tincher says five such reports have been filed over the past two weeks in the Tennessee city – with two residents losing nearly $4,000 each.More

Alleged embezzler surrenders again in Illinois
Peoria Journal-Star
Alleged business embezzler Sean McCain was taken into custody for the third time on the same charge, and once again was released on bond. McCain, 39, of North Pekin, Ill., was sought on an arrest warrant for 10 days after he failed to appear in court to explain why he missed a July 26 court date on felony theft and forgery charges.More

Oregon soldier on probation can go to Afghanistan
The Associated Press via ABC News
An Army Reserve corporal can deploy to Afghanistan without the fear he will be arrested when returning home, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled. Derrick James McDonald, 22, had asked the state's highest court to resolve a conflict between his Army orders to deploy and his local probation requirements. In response to the emergency request, the court directed Washington County Judge Gayle Nachtigal to modify the terms of the soldier's probation, putting them on hold until he returns from what is expected to be a nine-month deployment.More

Former police officer out on bail in Washington
The News Tribune
Skeeter Manos posted bail and was released from jail, three days before the former Lakewood, Wash., police officer was to begin serving 33 months in prison for stealing money from the families of four slain comrades. During a hearing, attorney Gary Clower did not ask to lower Manos' $100,000 bail, but did request that he be allowed to pay the 10 percent fee – $10,000 – to the court in cash rather than to a bail bondsman. That would allow Manos’ family to recover the money if he doesn't jump bail, rather than paying the nonreturnable $10,000 fee to a bondsman.More

Bail bond agents further commitment to working with crime victims
PR Web
In its ongoing commitment to supporting victim advocacy, the ExpertBail Network is furthering its relationship with the National Center for Victims of Crime. ExpertBail will once again serve as a sponsor of NCVC's upcoming national conference in New Orleans, something that it has done for the past three conferences. More

Illinois to divert first-time offenders from jail
The Times of Northwest Indiana
Illinois state government plans to follow the lead of the Cook County state's attorney's office for an expanded program allowing people convicted of their first felony offense to fulfill a sentence without facing incarceration. The state's attorney's office already has had a deferred prosecution program that allows nonviolent, first-time offenders a chance to enroll in a one-year diversion program. If they complete that program successfully, the offender can avoid a prison term and can also eventually have the offense expunged from their record.More

Skipping bail can pose a risk to families
The Garden Island
The severity of a criminal charge, whether a felony or a misdemeanor, will determine how the court releases someone on his or her own recognizance, grants supervised or conditional release and the amount of bail. Hawaii Revised Statutes defines bailable offenses as serious crimes, and bail may be denied if the court determines an unacceptable level of risk that defendants would flee, attempt to obstruct justice in their case, present a danger to themselves and the community or engage in illegal activity. More

Texas county brings common sense to mental health crisis
Houston Chronicle
Medically and technologically, U.S. mental health advances in the past 50 years have been revolutionary. But applying those advances to law enforcement lags far behind — notably in Texas. Though administrators don't want it that way, the jail in Harris County, Texas is a de facto mental hospital. Almost 25 percent of its inmates, many of them nonviolent, suffer from mental illness requiring psychotropic medicines. More

Send important dates for PBUS News Update
Professional Bail Agents of the United States
For any state bail association that would like timely and important dates included in the PBUS News Update, please send the information to Bob Kowalski, content editor, at bkowalski@multibriefs.com.More