Warrant sweep nets $40,000 in city
Rockdale’s “warrant roundup” of outstanding municipal court cases this spring, turned out to be more a stampede than a roundup.
Through Saturday, the official state “roundup day” in Texas, Rockdale Municipal Court had collected over $40,000 and cleaned 216 cases from the city books, according to Municipal Court Judge Jerry Waggoner.
Rockdale is still offering to work with persons who have outstanding warrants through Thursday, March 31.
“The response was gratifying, to say the least,” Waggoner said. “We got people responding from all over. We’ve got some on payment plans and some have already paid. We are continuing to work with people and this effort is not over by a long shot.”
CHARGES—Rockdale police participated in the roundup day and filed charges on nine persons Saturday.
“We had one officer who was assigned to the warrant roundup effort full time that day,” Lt. J. D. Newlin of the Rockdale Police Department said. “I don’t think we had as many arrests as Cameron PD or the county because there were a lot more people in Rockdale who came in early and took care of their warrants.”
Fifty-four persons were booked into the county jail during the past week, about twice the number in recent weeks. (See jail log, page 3A.)
“We’re still going strong,” Waggoner said Tuesday. “I’ve been working with Williamson County authorities today to get some warrants cleared up over there.”
Earlier this year the city publicized an offer for persons with outstanding municipal court warrants.
DEADLINE—“Individuals with a capias pro fine arrest may still have the $50 warrant fee waived if full payment is made by March 31,” Waggoner said.
If an individual has both an arrest and failure to appear warrant, the failure to appear warrant will be waived when full payment for the arrest warrant is received, Waggoner said.
“We are working with people on a case-by-case basis,” Waggoner said. “We’ve got some paying it out and some doing community service to fulfill their warrant obligations. It’s better to get this situation resolved for people and get it off the city books.”
Contact Municipal Court, 446-0812 for more information.