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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall


We continue announcing our award winners at the 2015 PBUS Winter Conference, Membership Meeting & Expo held Feb. 22-25.

One of the PBUS awards is the Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who have been in the business for 30 or more years. This award recognizes bail agents who, "through their deeds and actions exemplify the true meaning of the title of bail agent."

The PBUS Hall of Fame was created in 1982, with the first awardee for this prestigious award going to Horace G. Cook. Many others have followed since. The first inductee into the Hall of Fame at the winter conference has been in the bail bond business for 42 years and he loves it. He is a devoted father, husband, grandfather and community activist. His favorite part of having a bail bond business is bailing people out of jail because it allows him to serve a need in his community. The kinds of people he likes to meet are those who work to change their community and make jobs for others. That's important to him because he wants to see his community thrive.

PBUS was pleased to welcome Tim BeShea with Unchained Bail Bond into the PBUS Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Tim and all of the Hall of Fame awardees on this important milestone.
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Senate-based DFCS bill, bondsmen bill head to House
Access North Georgia
A bill focused on reforming the Division of Family and Children Services and provide greater accountability in regards to child abuse records and reporting was recently passed by the Georgia Senate. Meanwhile, a bill authored by another senator from northeast Georgia, Senate Bill 195, sponsored by Senator Michael Williams of Cumming, is also headed to the house. The bill has three sections and makes numerous changes to the education of professional bondsmen and regarding the endorsement of appearance bonds by judges, and modernizes provisions related to provided court notices.
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Brawl at bail office leads to high speed chase
WHO-TV
A brawl at a metro bail bonds office ended with a gun being pulled, a high speed police chase and a suspect still on the loose. The drama started at Dave Ellis Always Affordable Bail Bonds when 39-year-old Sarah Lee Collis of Ottumwa turned herself in after blowing off court on a forgery charge. But when she was told she would have to go to jail, staffers here say Collis and her boyfriend, 34-year old Edward Feeney, attacked them then Feeney tried to run over staffers.
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Looking to get published this year?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of PBUS News Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of PBUS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Differences between bondsmen, bounty hunters
KIFI-TV
There is a difference between a bondsman and a bounty hunter. A bondsman will post your bail. A bounty hunter catches people on the run if a bondsman posted the bail. But if a bondsman wants to, they can act as the bounty hunter.
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Durst held without bail in New Orleans
The Wall Street Journal
After agreeing to return to Los Angeles to face a murder charge, New York real estate heir Robert Durst will have to stay put in a New Orleans jail for at least several days after he was booked on new gun charges.
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Salinas resident reports bail bond scam
The Salinas Californian
A Salinas resident was nearly conned out of $3,000 in a purported bail bond scam, police said. The resident told police he received a call from someone claiming to represent a bail bond company. According to that representative, the citizen's grandson had been arrested.
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Hamilton County Jail offers new payment option
Current in Noblesville
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has partnered with GovPayNet to facilitate doing financial business such as paying a tax warrant, purchasing a firearms permit or posting a cash bond.
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American fugitive caught island-hopping in Thailand
Fox News
An American fugitive who fled the country in 2009 to avoid going to prison over a fatal car crash reportedly has been captured on an island in Thailand that is popular with tourists.
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