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PALMHURST – The City of Palmhurst will participate with over 300 other city and county entities throughout the state in the Great Texas Warrant Roundup. The city is looking to close about 2,200 warrants and citations between now and March 10.
City of Palmhurst will be mailing out approximately 2,200 unpaid warrants today, Feb. 15. The city will be seeking out those that have unpaid speeding tickets and other Class C penal law offenses, such as local theft or parking, driving and city ordinance violations. The city has outstanding warrants as far back as 2008.
Because of the nature of the offense, and the number of them, it takes a while to get to all of them, said Horacio Peña, Palmhurst Municipal Court judge.
Richard Garcia, Palmhurst Municipal Court clerk, said they want citizens to come in and pay, not go to jail.
“It’s about closing cases,” added Garcia.
The city will be making every effort to contact violators between Feb. 15 and Feb. 28. Garcia said besides the mailing, officers will help by putting notices on doorknobs and phone calls will also be made.
City of Palmhurst’s municipal court will have extended hours during this time. They will be open Monday through Friday, 8 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will not be closing for lunch.
The extended hours will allow those that work to come in after work or on Saturday to pay their fines or make other arrangements with the judge, said Garcia.
Garcia said this is their chance to pay their fines before an arrest warrant is issued.
“It’s time to come in,” he said, adding that every option has been exerted already; the court is just making another effort before making arrests.
If the fine is not paid, or arrangements have not been made, by Feb. 28, anyone with an outstanding warrant or citation could see themselves handcuffed and put into a police car for a ride to the municipal court.
Starting March 2, Palmhurst Police will start knocking on doors.
The last thing Garcia and Peña want to see is a large number of people needing the police ride to pay their fines.
“It’s an effort to say, Hey, look, don’t force us to execute this warrant’,” said Peña. “Come on in and take care of it.”
Peña said he would be there to help take care of the fines and work out arrangements with anyone who cannot afford to pay the full amount of a fine. He said they are being delicate, but also stringent; saying the fines will not be forgotten.
Some people forget; some work. They just need to let us know and talk to us. We will do what we can to help them out, said Peña.
We’ve done everything. It’s that last dreaded step, but we have to take it, added Peña.
For more information, call 583-8697. City of Palmhurst Municipal Court is located at 4417 N. Shary Road.
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