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On Monday July 25th, nine two-officer teams from the Springfield Police Department conducted a warrant sweep arresting 38 people while clearing 31 municipal warrants. Mike Smith has the story:
Officers from the Springfield Police Department's "Warrant Task Force" spent the afternoon and evening going to homes and businesses in Springfield locating persons who had failed to appear in court for municipal charges. Lt. Ron Hutcheson says a variety of warrants were served, including DWI, no proof of insurance, speeding, telephone harassment, possession of pot and paraphernalia, stealing and trespassing.
Hutcheson says there are around 12,000 municipal warrants still in the system. Some, he says date back to 1988, but he sayss the Springfield Police Department will continue the warrant sweeps over the next several months in an effort to bring the number of outstanding warrants down. Hutcheson encourages anyone with a warrant for theie arest to contact Springfield Police in order to clear the record and avoid officers coming to their home or place of employment to arrest them.
For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.