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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

We are less than two weeks out from the 2014 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting & Expo. Registration for this year’s conference is tremendous and the room block at Planet Hollywood has been sold out! Conference room rates may still be available so don’t hesitate to call Planet Hollywood to see what they can offer you. If you haven’t registered for the conference do so now; online registration ends February 15, 2014.

I want to personally thank our sponsors for their generosity in helping to make this one of our best conferences ever! We couldn’t do this without you. And thank you to our line-up of fantastic exhibitors; please visit all of their booths to see what exciting products and services they have to offer for your business.

On behalf of the entire PBUS Board of Directors, we thank all of you for your attendance at the Winter conference and your loyalty to PBUS! I look forward to our exciting speakers and presentations, the Awards and Gala celebration on Tuesday evening and the membership luncheon and elections for the 2014-2016 Board of Directors on Wednesday.

See you soon in Las Vegas!
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1 of New York City's 'foremost' bondsmen profiled
The Journal News
Ira Judelson said his biggest challenge as a bondsman is separating his role as a family man — Judelson has a wife and three young children — and dealing with sexual cases. "I become a father and a vigilante before I become a bail bondsman, and I have to learn that that’s not the way to go," he said.
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Iowa bondsman assaulted in courthouse, attacker faces charges
KCCI-TV
John Followill was brought to the courthouse on a warrant by a bail bondsman. Witnesses said Followill kicked, spat on and assaulted the bondsman. He is facing an assault charge for the incident, as well as previous charges related to the warrant. The unidentified bondsman was not seriously injured in the incident.
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Pennsylvania bondsman remembered
Bucks County Courier Times
Bart Krause was a Pennsylvania state constable working with the district courts in the area for 26 years. Prior to this, Krause owned and operated a cab company, worked as an animal control officer, and bounty hunter.
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3-judge panel grants 2-year delay for California prison population caps
U.S. District Courts via CPOA
The three-judge panel overseeing California's prison system placed a Feb. 28, 2016 deadline on when the state must hit the 137.5 percent population cap. Click here to read the full ruling.
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Virginia town may send some prisoners to regional jail
The Virginian-Pilot
In Virginia, Sheriff Jim O'Sullivan is exploring the possibility of sending some of his inmates to the uncrowded Hampton Roads Regional Jail. Any moves would help alleviate crowding at the Chesapeake Correctional Center. The main jail's official capacity is about 550, but it regularly holds twice that.
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Bitcoin comes under fire as a 'new avenue' for criminal enterprise
The New York Times
Law enforcement officials testified recently that virtual currencies like Bitcoin had opened up new avenues for crime that government has not been able to keep up with. Richard B. Zabel, a prosecutor with the U.S. attorney in New York City, went through a list of six ways in which virtual currencies were more prone to crime than current forms of money transfer, including the ease with which money could be laundered over borders at the click of a mouse
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3 times social media perpetuated false crimes
Mashable
On social media, it's easy to confuse trustworthy information with gossip. As users turn more to their Facebook or Twitter feeds for news and information — especially in times of crisis — conflicting stories create concerning safety issues, whether it's interfering with police investigations or spreading false information.
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Law enforcement eyes Google Glass as crime-fighting tool
USA TODAY
Police departments throughout the U.S. are considering whether to equip their officers with Google Glass. Eric Farris, a police sergeant with the Byron, Ga., police department has tested Glass and said he thinks it could serve as a tool to solve investigations.
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