PBUS News Update
Nov. 25, 2014

State Association News:
Oklahoma Bondsman Association Calendar of Upcoming Events

Note: while the Association tries to stay with the below dates, they are tentative and subject to change; check the OBA website for updates.

Dec. 4-5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Pre-Licensing Education #4 at OBA.

Dec. 19, 10 a.m. — OBA Board of Directors at Tulsa Courthouse with ABAT Christmas luncheon immediately following.

Dec. 22, 2015, 11 a.m. — Associated Bail Agents of Tulsa at David L. Moss Center/Training room.More

Skipping court? Officers, bondsmen are on the hunt
Every day, hundreds of people skip court in Wake County, North Carolina, costing taxpayers' hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in lost time, resources and manpower to bring them in. Wake County deputies serve about 2,500 warrants a year, many for those who don't show up to court. But they aren't the only ones tracking down the no-shows. WRAL-TV spent time with the officers and bail bondsmen on the front lines of the sometimes dangerous war to restore order in the courtroom.More

Texas detainee sues over high bond
San Antonio Express-News
Lawyers for an immigrant detained in Karnes County,Texas, are suing for the release of an El Salvador immigrant who was smuggled into the U.S. and is being detained in Karnes County, arguing that a $15,000 bond might as well be no bond at all for the woman.More

When police play bounty hunter
USA Today (commentary)
Ming Ton Liu, a Chinese-born American, was driving to Louisiana last year to buy a restaurant when he was stopped for speeding in Alabama. A sheriff's deputy questioned Liu, searched his car and found $75,195 in cash, which was for a down payment. Liu was ticketed for speeding and held for a few hours. A drug-sniffing dog was brought in. Police said the dog "alerted" after sniffing the money and Liu gave conflicting accounts. But no drugs were found. No charges were filed. Authorities seized the cash anyway. More

Bounty hunters — Part 2: A day in the life of an agent
Days of painstaking research, hours of investigation and countless time "staking out" can all play into a fugitive recovery mission. It's the few minutes of visual contact that can build to a high-intensity crescendo for fugitive recovery agents. "It's an adrenaline rush I will say but you have to maintain your calmness, you have to remain level headed," said fugitive recovery agent Curtis Stavedahl. Stavedahl is 1 of 3 agents who took WNDU-TV through a day in the life of a Michiana bounty hunter. More

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In an effort to enhance the overall content of PBUS News Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of PBUS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics. More

Vonderrit Myers case prompts questions about GPS monitoring
The recent death of a young St. Louis man has prompted new questions about GPS monitoring devices on people charged with gun crimes. In June, police arrested 18-year old Vonderrit Myers on a weapons charge. Authorities said he was involved in a high speed chase, fled the scene and tossed a gun into a sewage drain. When caught, police charged him with unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest or interfering with an arrest/detention/stop. More

Most expensive crimes in the bail schedule
"We work with the Los Angeles County Uniform Bail Schedule and local judges daily to assure that our clients are given a fair bail amount," said Inessa Chavez, vice president of All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita, California. The Los Angeles County Uniform Bail Schedule is a set of guidelines for law enforcement to use when booking and setting the bail for an accused person. More