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Scott G. Hall
It is with great sadness that we share the loss of a great friend to bail, David Earl Sparks. David was a member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents (TAPBA) and of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS). David passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the age of 67.
David was in the bail bonding business for 35 years, most recently as Vice President of Tennessee Bonding Company. He was a graduate of South High School and studied at East Tennessee State University. In addition, he served as a board member and past Education Chairman for the TAPBA for nine years. Present and future agents will carry on David's work ethic and professional impact on the bail industry for many years to come.
David’s parents, Earl A. Sparks and Dorothy Anderson Sparks and infant sister, Judy Ann, preceded him in death. He will be forever missed by his wife, Peggy Scarbrough Sparks; daughters, Kim Cogar and Melanie Gregg; step-daughter, Gina Wells and husband Warren. His grandchildren are Sydney and Peyton Gregg, Skylar and Cameron Cogar and Jep Wells. Also, mourning his passing are his brother, Jim Sparks and wife Jane; sister, Barbara Hilton and husband George and nieces and nephew LeAnn Nutt, Greg Hilton, and Kelly Lowery.
David was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery on Sunday, June 21, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Condolences may be offered at www.berryfuneralhome.com.
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Look who'd really gain from the drive to end bail
New York Post
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito doesn't want folks arrested for "low-level" crimes. But just in case, she's got a Plan B: Have taxpayers post their bail.
NC protesters free from jail despite plans to refuse bail
Advocates say protesters against a North Carolina voter identification law will not get their symbolic stay in jail after all.
North Carolina NAACP President the Rev. William Barber and three others planned to refuse bail and spend Wednesday night in jail after they were arrested at a demonstration inside the Legislative Building.
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Dog the Bounty Hunter and the New York prison escape
Channel Guide Magazine
Come July 18, fans of CMT's bounty-hunting hit "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt" will get to see Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman and his fugitive-chasing crew back out the trail of some of the nation's most elusive bad guys — and girls.
In the meantime, The Dog has been making the rounds as a sought-after commentator on the hunt for Richard Matt and David Sweat who escaped from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6 and are still on the lam.
A public defender talks about our broken bail system
Baltimore City Paper
Dominick Torrence was arrested during the Freddie Gray protests and held for a month in jail on a $250,000 bail. Finally, he was released when the state agreed to dismiss his case. He should have never been arrested. He should have never been held in jail on an exorbitant bail amount that he could never afford. He should have never had to wait a month to get his life back. His sad tale is emblematic of what occurs nearly every day in the Baltimore City criminal justice system
Death of country singer puts spotlight back on bounty hunters
The death of country singer Randy Howard, gunned down a week ago in his Tennessee home by a bounty hunter, played out like a grim song blaring from a honky-tonk juke box.
Wanted for jumping bail on a DUI charge, Howard was in his Lynchburg cabin when Jackie Shell, a bounty hunter, came looking for him. He was killed in an ensuing shootout.
Monitoring of Hinckley at issue as judge weighs full release
The Washington Times
Federal prosecutors and hospital officials treating John W. Hinckley Jr. are still locked in disagreements over conditions for his full-time release from St. Elizabeth's mental hospital in the District, as a federal judge nears a decision on the fate of former President Ronald Reagan's would-be assassin.
Florida not quite the pretrial services model, despite what John Oliver says
Tampa Bay Times
HBO host and news-comedian John Oliver surprised us, and maybe even himself, on "Last Week Tonight" when he hailed Florida as a model for the country for a component of its judicial system — and not for, say, assaults with a slice of pizza, or something like that.
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Grundy County using new technology to keep domestic violence victims safe
Grundy County is leading the way in protecting domestic violence victims. Using a tracking device, the Sheriff's Office is able to alert victims when an offender is close, in hopes of warding off another attack.
It's new technology being used across the state, but the company behind it says Grundy County's aggressive approach should serve as a model to other law enforcement agencies.
Do monitoring bracelets work? Knox County Deputy DA General weighs in
What good are monitoring bracelets for criminals if they can't be used to track someone down? In the last week, there were two instances where law enforcement lost track of offenders that were supposed to be wearing monitoring bracelets.
Across US, more than 220 state prison escapees on the loose
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
If escapees aren't recaptured immediately, investigators largely have to hold out hope that they will get a tip out of the blue or that the convict will slip up.
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