PBUS News Update
May. 28, 2015

Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

Tip of the week:
Colorado Springs has so much to offer visitors and the best place for finding something for everyone is by visiting www.VisitCOS.com. At this website you will find information on local dining, attractions, shopping, arts and culture, sports and a full calendar of events. Enjoy some relaxing time with family and friends after the PBUS meeting ends each day.

Don't forget the early-bird registration rate ends Friday, June 12, at 5 p.m. EST. And if you haven't made your room reservation yet at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, do so quickly as we are now at 72 percent of our room block!

Looking forward to seeing you in July in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado.More

Association News

The Oklahoma Bondsman Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at OBA, 222 Northeast 27th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.More

Life and times of a bail bonder
Foster's Daily Democrat
For Sheri Davis, bailing people out of New Hampshire jails is a way of life ... and a full day's work. Calls come in at all hours of the day nearly every day. People aren't simply arrested 9-to-5 Monday through Friday. "There isn't a day I don’t get a phone call," said Davis, owner of Bailn' U Bail Bonds of Raymond.More

Vermont Supreme Court bail decision scrutinized
Rutland Herald
When the Vermont Supreme Court overturned a Rutland trial court bail decision earlier this month, some questioned Associate Justice Beth Robinson's reasoning.More

Bail system creates another hurdle for poor defendants, including recent protestors
Baltimore City Paper
Baltimore police arrested Dominick Torrence, a 29-year-old black man, on April 28 and charged him with disorderly conduct and rioting on North Avenue and Fulton Street; they say he was part of a group throwing rocks, bricks, and bottles at a fire truck. Swept up in the rioting and protests after Freddie Gray's death, he was taken to jail. He has never been convicted of a violent offense. His bail was set at $250,000. This is the same bail set for two of the six police officers charged in Gray's death. More

High bail, prolonged jail for bikers in deadly Texas gang brawl
The bail is beyond reach, the booking process is moving at a snail's pace and the time in jail is likely to be lengthy for the 170 people arrested in connection with the motorcycle gang fight in the Texas city of Waco that left nine dead.More

Bounty hunters' use of force leads to license charge
Argus Leader
A Sioux Falls bail bondsman has been indicted for allegedly accepting illegal tips and allowing unlicensed bounty hunters to make an arrest. A grand jury indicted Steven Dean Krier, 54, of Dakota Bail Bonds on charges of aiding and abetting an unlicensed and unqualified person to act as a bail bondsman, a felony, and acceptance of tip as a bail bondsman, a misdemeanor. The charges stem from two separate incidents.More

MacArthur grant seeks to reform fragmented jail system in St. Louis County
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis County is one of 20 local governments from across the country being awarded a $150,000 MacArthur Foundation grant to create a plan to reform its jail system. If selected as one of the 10 most worthwhile proposals, the county would then receive from $500,000 to $2 million annually to implement changes, starting in 2016 and lasting as long as five years.More

For bounty hunters, Idaho is still the Wild West
When Christopher Schulthies set out March 15 with a group of bounty hunters to search for an Ada County fugitive, he carried a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol. Ninety minutes later, Philip Clay, 58, lay dying on the pavement at an apartment complex in Ammon, east of Idaho Falls. Clay had said he would not surrender willingly. Authorities say he pointed a loaded handgun at two bounty hunters. Schulthies fired five times at Clay, striking him four times.More