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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

The 2014 Mid-Year meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, is quickly becoming a must-attend event as conference registrations continue to come in! Thank you to everyone who has registered to date.

While attendees will enjoy our educational and informative conference sessions, the Monday night reception and dinner will also be a hit! Set within the backdrop of the Delta Island with a four-and-a-half acre glass dome of the Delta Atrium, the PBUS dinner will be held in the Water's Edge with views of the quarter-mile long river that runs through the Delta Island ... a perfect setting for our reception and buffet dinner. Enjoy an open bar and socializing with fellow PBUS conference attendees from 6:00-7:00 followed by a delicious buffet dinner, desert and entertainment provided by "The Mayberry Deputy / David Browning."

For 40 years, David Browning has been a popular improvisational actor, speaker and host, using such characters as The Mayberry Deputy, Abe Lincoln and Scrooge to provide non-offensive, thoughtful, memorable performances. While honoring law enforcement, Browning's Mayberry Deputy incorporates costume, gestures, facial expressions and audience participation to provide an atmosphere of good clean fun. With over 5,000 performances in 36 states and Canada to over five million people, Browning has been privileged to work with many stage, screen, music and sports celebrities. He was honored to open for Don Knott, actor and original "Barney Fife" who said of Browning, "The Mayberry Deputy/David Browning is A BRIDGE between the Andy Griffith Show and today."

Don't miss this exciting entertainer at our mid-year meeting!

Remember: The early-bird registration ends June 30, 2014! Please make sure you sign-in as a member before registering for the conference to get the member conference rates! If you are not yet a PBUS member, I encourage you to join our national association and network with bail agents across the country.
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Judge: Bondsman had no reason to chain men to courtroom door
Dothan Eagle
Dothan's municipal judge disputed a bondsman's claim that the Alabama city's court system is inefficient, and said he had other simple alternatives to resolve his issue rather than chaining two men to the city courtroom door. Two men who missed a recent court date were chained to the courtroom door by bondsman Rickey Stokes of A Advantage Bonding. Stokes said he did it because of a frustration with the court system.
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Crime scene: Ira Judelson, bail bondsman to celebrities
The Journal News |
Ira Judelson begins his book, "The Fixer," by explaining the Yiddish word "macher," a person who can pull strings and has the juice to get things done. He says the term comes close to explaining what he does as a bail bondsman. Judelson has become the go-to bondsman for celebrities who run into trouble in New York.
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GPS monitor didn't stop predator who murdered girl
When 13-year-old Alycia “Licy” Nipp was stabbed to death in 2009 by a registered sex offender near Vancouver, Washington, authorities had a treasure trove of evidence. A global positioning system tracking device on the ankle of Darrin Sanford pinpointed that he was at the murder scene at the time of the killing. It even showed that Sanford returned a few hours later to move her body. Authorities hailed the GPS technology for helping to crack the case. That was five years ago.
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Pennsylvania bondsman who posted $10 million bail withdrawing
York Daily Record
After a flurry of questions were raised about whether he had the assets to post $10 million bail, bondsman James Fabie wants to withdraw as the surety for Gregory Allan Hess. One or two other bondsmen now plan to post the bail for the North Codorus Township man charged with solicitation to commit murder.
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Alleged kidnapper may have removed monitoring bracelet
CTV News
A man accused of kidnapping a woman in Saskatoon, Canada, may have removed an electronic monitoring device at the time of the incident. Clinton McLaughlin, 36, has been charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, unlawful confinement and breach of recognizance in connection with the case. This is the second high-profile case in a year where a monitoring bracelet was taken off.
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Inmate cons her way out of jail when bail bondsman comes for similarly named woman
Daily Mail
A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with forgery and identity theft after conning county jail guards and a bail bondsman into believing she was another inmate with a similar-sounding name — leading to her release. Fayette County Warden Brian Miller says 29-year-old Evelyn Grace Campbell of Uniontown is back in the county lockup and now faces an escape charge after the recent mix-up.
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Alabama looks at overhaul of prison system, considered at risk of federal takeover
The Associated Press via Tuscaloosa Magazine
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and state leaders recently announced an attempt to overhaul the state's severely overcrowded prison system, considered at risk of a federal takeover. Bentley said state prisons are at 192 percent of capacity with more than 25,000 inmates. "It's an issue that is not going to wait. We need help," Bentley said.
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    How a bail bondsman found David Flores (The Des Moines Register)
The fugitive: Evidence on public versus private law enforcement from bail jumping (American Bail Coalition)
New Jersey defendants are set free on bail payment plans without judges, prosecutors knowing (The Star-Ledger)
North Carolina court: Bail bondsman not immune from speeding law (WXII-TV)
New Jersey bail reform: The system works just fine already (The Star-Ledger)

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