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Denham Springs warrant crackdown

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DENHAM SPRINGS - The small city of Denham Springs has a big problem with outstanding warrants. The city marshal's office has a room stacked with filing cabinets, filled with thousands of warrants organized by year, some going back to the 1970s.

"The fact of the matter is, every week in court many, many more warrants are generated," said Denham Springs City Marshal Jerry Denton.

Denton says that the fees and fines owed on all the warrants add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most of the warrants are for traffic tickets, misdemeanors. But these outstanding warrants are no joke. Denton's office finds people in violation every day, knock on their door and arrest them if necessary. That's why he came up with a program called 35/35. The number refers to a call that gives violators 35 days to come forward, pay $35 and avoid getting arrested and put in jail.

"It's a great opportunity to get their business straight," said Denton. "They can consider it an early Christmas present, because they are going to save some money if they come in and be compliant."

Any given fine and fee could add up to a few hundred dollars. If caught, repeat offenders could face bonds that add up to thousands of dollars.

The program starts on November 15, 2012. To participate in the 35/35 program call the Denham Springs Marshal's office at 1-800-701-8560 or 665-8568. You can also stop by the Marshal's office at 398 Mayor Herbert Ave. Denham Springs, LA 70726.


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