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Local warrant sweep nets 50 countywide
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GROVETON – A countywide “warrant sweep” that began Oct. 22 has resulted in the arrest or surrender of 50 people wanted on various charges. According to Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, his office along with a number of other local law enforcement departments conducted the round-up of people living in Trinity County who had outstanding arrest warrants. The 50 people caught in the sweep have either made arrangements to pay their fines or have gone through the jail system. The sheriff said the “stepped-up” effort has allowed his office to clear old warrant files and update its system. From Oct. 22 through Dec. 13, a total of 81 people have been processed through the Trinity County Jail, including those arrested in the warrant sweep. Montemayor voiced his appreciation to all of the local law enforcement agencies that were involved in the round-up. “The diligent effort of the county’s jail staff is a tribute to the people we have working for us” the sheriff said. “Thanks also go to our local Judges, Pct. 1’s Randy Barrett, Pct. 2’s Bernie Beard, Pct. 3’s Bobby Nichols, Pct. 4’s Sam O. Blair, Groveton City Judge Angela Evans and Trinity City Judge Howard Kinsel. “These officials are always willing to come out day or night to magistrate these offenders and get them through our system. It is a tremendous asset to have people of this character to work with our department. “Trinity Police and Groveton Police chiefs were also instrumental in making this round-up a success by providing valuable information and having their staff work on this project.” Montemayor also warned people that feel they may have an outstanding warrant in the county to voluntarily take care of their case as soon as possible. “This will avoid the inconvenience and embarrassment of being arrested at their jobs or home. If you feel you may have an old outstanding warrant in the county you can verify by calling the Trinity County Sheriff’s office at 936-642-1424, anytime day or night. We never close,” Montemayor said.