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Scott G. Hall


We are less than a month away from the 2015 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting & Expo! Our room block is at 100 percent, but the Luxor Casino and Resort are making available additional rooms on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you haven't made your room reservations do so now.

Online registration ends January 30, 2015; registering online makes it easier for you and for our staff to avoid delays in the registration process on-site. Please visit our website at www.pbus.com and click the "Register Now" button to complete your conference registration.

We look forward to seeing you next month in Las Vegas!
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Case exposes cracks in the criminal justice system
KRGV-TV
A new criminal case involving bail bonds and bribes to a former justice of the peace has exposed serious cracks in the criminal justice system. It is not just a countywide problem, but a statewide problem.
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El Paso bondsmen argue against proposed changes to bail-bond system
El Paso Times
Members of the Professional Bondsmen of El Paso County group fear that the proposed creation of a county pretrial office will put surety bond companies out of business. Pascual and Cheryl Olibas, owners of Freedom Bonds, have raised questions about Commissioner Vince Perez's initiative to consolidate pretrial functions into one department.
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Are Hinds County judges setting bail too low?
The Clarion-Ledger
Two of the suspects arrested for the robbery and killing of Carolyn Temple could have been behind bars had bond levels been higher in Hinds County, Mississippi, according to Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest.
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Owner of bail bonding business becomes president of Arbutus business group
Baltimore Sun
For Bettina Tebo, owner of Abbey Bail Bonds, running a bail bonding business is nothing like the way it is portrayed on television. "The way that I run my business is customer service oriented," Tebo said, seated near her dog, Abigayle, at her home office in Catonsville, "I'm here to help the families, because most of my clients have never been arrested before." Don't expect to see Tebo chasing down criminals who skip town.
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North Carolina man charged after hit-and-run on bond company's agent
So Md News
Maryland State Police troopers of the La Plata Barrack arrested a North Carolina man Dec. 30 after he struck a bail bonds agent with his car during his attempt to escape apprehension. Bart Kurtrick Mullins, 36, of Greensboro, North Carolina, has been charged with reckless endangerment and first- and second-degree assault.
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Data from electronic monitoring tracking device used to tie Berkshire County family to more than 100 break-ins statewide
GazetteNET
Mapping location data revealed by a suspect's court-ordered electronic monitoring tracking device allowed police to connect him and three relatives to more than 100 break-ins across the state, including several in five Hampshire County communities.
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Cottonwood looks at GPS ankle monitors
Verde Independent
The Cottonwood Council seems to like the idea of GPS ankle monitors to be used for an house arrest alternative to jail time. The council heard a presentation to consider adopting the system here. Cottonwood Municipal Judge Douglas LaSota told the council that especially in the case of a driving under the influence offense, the jail requirement can cost a person his or her job. In the case of a DUI, a misdemeanor, the first offense requires nine days in jail with 14 days for an extreme DUI. But, a judge has discretion as long as 20 percent of the sentence is served behind bars or two days in a simple DUI.
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More than 20 Texas 10 most wanted fugitives captured in 2014
MyHighPlains
The Texas Department of Public Safety recently announced that 28 fugitives sought through the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program – 13 of whom were sex offenders — were arrested in 2014 by DPS and other agencies. In addition $63,500 in rewards were paid for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests last year.
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