PBUS News Update
Nov. 8, 2012

Bail error releases St. Louis inmate, goes unnoticed
for 4 months

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A mistake by a St. Louis city sheriff's worker allowed a St. Louis man to be freed from jail without paying the $15,000 bail he owed on one of four pending drug cases. Until recently, nobody noticed. It was only this week that the four-month-old problem was rectified, thanks to a bail bondsman, Phil March, of Thelma Jackson Bail Bonds, who noticed something amiss and alerted authorities.More

I-bonds less recognizable as milestone in Chicago gang violence strategy
As part of Chicago's citywide initiative to reduce gang violence and criminal activity, police have been denying I-bonds to known gang members. I-bonds, or personal recognizance bonds, are a type of bond that allows the defendant to be released from police detention without paying bail; they just have to promise to show up for their court date. The results of the policy change have been called a "milestone" by the city.More

Bond raised to $25 million for East Texas fugitive captured in Louisiana
The Associated Press via The News Star
Bond has been raised to $25 million for an East Texas man captured in Louisiana and charged with killing his ex-wife and fleeing with their 4-year-old son. Smith County jail records show James Calvert of Tyler was being held on a capital murder charge. Tyler police transported Calvert from West Monroe, La., where father and son were located. More

Mississippi woman accused of posing as bail agent
Sun Herald
A Gulfport, Miss., woman posing as an bail agent and collecting thousands of dollars from clients of A Grant Bail Bonding has been arrested on two felony charges of false pretense, Harrison County Sheriff's Major Ron Pullen said. Susan A. Johnson, 33, was arrested after officials said she had collected about $4,900 from two clients of the bonding company.More

Minnesota police move to protect license plate data
Star Tribune
Minneapolis police are making changes to protect the sensitive information in their massive vehicle tracking database from possible misuse by stalkers and others. Since the data is classified as public, anyone can request location information on someone else's car — provided they know the license plate number — and find out where it has been seen on a handful of days.More

California voters retain death penalty despite costs
The Associated Press via Police One
California voters have decided to retain the death penalty for the state's worst criminals, rejecting the argument that too few death row inmates are executed to justify the cost. Nearly complete returns showed Proposition 34 defeated with 52 percent voting against it. The initiative asked voters to repeal capital punishment in the state with the nation's largest death row, with 726 inmates awaiting execution.More

Texas lawyer arrested on New Mexico warrant in civil case
The Associated Press via San Antonio Express-News
A Texas lawyer who failed to post a $500,000 bond or appear at a May hearing after a New Mexico judge ruled he owed more than $2 million in fines and damages in a civil case has been arrested and is awaiting extradition to New Mexico. El Paso lawyer Michael J. Gopin was arrested after a private jet he was on arrived in El Paso from Mexico, according to New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's office. More

Fugitive Tennessee 'pill mill' operator nabbed in Florida
Knoxville News Sentinel
A federal fugitive will soon be headed back to Tennessee, while a Blount County fugitive caught with her went free. The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Tamral "Tammy" Guzman, convicted in absentia of operating a Maryville "pill mill," in Hollywood, Fla., after a weeks-long manhunt. Guzman, 42, fled in the midst of a trial in U.S. District Court in Knoxville on 57 counts of various drug and money laundering charges in connection with her operation of Maryville Pain Management Consultants. More

Cop shop turns to selling ads online for revenue
Becky Herrin is the community relations deputy for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in Florida, but she also fills the role of ad salesman, helping the county generate some $25,000 each year. Logging on to the mug-shot page of the sheriff's office website, updated hourly, shows a link from the mug-shot page to two pages with advertisements for attorneys and bail bondsmen.More

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