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2015 Winter Conference Update
Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

Planning for the 2015 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting and Expo at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Feb. 22-25, continues with breakout sessions and keynote speakers being confirmed. We are now at 57 percent of our room block so if you haven't made your reservation yet do so soon and get the incredible base room rate of $45 per night for the main conference dates.

One of the fun events that will take place at the conference will be a sharpshooter competition at The Range 702 in Las Vegas. The cost of the competition is $65 per person and includes 40 practice shots and 10 competition shots at a target with a handgun of your choice. A first and second prize trophy will be awarded at the Wednesday brunch to the two individuals who score closest to the bull's eye for their 10 competition shots. The competition will take place as competitors are available Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 22-24, between the hours of 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Competitors must be active members of PBUS. See the PBUS website under meetings and events for more information.

Calling on all exhibitors! If you have never exhibited at one of the PBUS conferences now is your chance! This is the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your products and services and network with bail agents from across the country. The exhibit hall schematic and exhibitor process is all on our website so register now.

If you haven't yet registered for the conference, you can go to the PBUS home page and click on the "Register" button. Members: Remember to sign-in first to get your member conference discount rate. Remember that as an incentive to register before the early-bird registration deadline of Jan. 10, 2015, PBUS will be raffling off a $50 gift card for everyone who registers by the early-bird cut-off. The lucky winner's name will be drawn for the raffle Jan. 12, 2015, and announced in that week's issue of the PBUS News Update! Mark your calendars now so you don't miss out on this great raffle chance and conference registration savings!

Please visit the PBUS conference page for information about the winter conference and to view the tentative agenda.
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Election Day 2014: Voters approve bail reform measure
Hunterdon County Democrat
New Jersey voters approved a proposal to amend the state constitution allowing judges to deny pretrial release to some defendants charged with serious crimes. The constitutional amendment would affect defendants who are considered a danger, a flight risk or a threat to obstruct justice.
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Court rejects effort to save 'no bail' provision
Arizona Daily Star
A federal appeals court rejected a last-ditch plea by an Arizona prosecutor to salvage Proposition 100, potentially paving the way for dozens of people locked up while awaiting trial to now seek bail. In a brief order, the judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said they would not give Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery another chance to prove his claim that people not in this country legally are a greater flight risk and therefore should be denied bail. The court ruled that his office, then run by Andrew Thomas, failed to present any evidence to back that claim.
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Bail bonds go green
All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita, California, is a part of, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting global warming by reducing our carbon footprint and making it easier for businesses to do so, according to the website. "Being earth-friendly is a top priority at All American Bail Bonds," said Vice President Inessa Chavez of All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita. "We try to do our part by limiting our use of paper and recycling."
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Insurance available for gun owners who use deadly force
People are skeptical when they first heard about a Texas-based firm that offers insurance policies for gun owners in the event they use deadly force. The U.S. Law Shield says that if you're covered by their policy and "use" a firearm, their attorneys "will represent you in any legal proceeding — criminal or civil — for zero attorneys' fees." Their members don't actually have to pull a trigger to qualify for coverage.
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America's Most Unwanted — And the people who find them
Blogger News Network
The world of bail bonds is a complex one. This program will be looking at several aspects. Sonoma, California, has decided to change the rules; if these changes are replicated in other areas there could be serious implications to the industry. Joining the panel is Dale Miller, owner of Romelli Bail Bonds, to offer his views.
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How to protect your hearing while shooting
By John McAdams
A good sense of hearing is important during day-to-day living. However, your hearing is also vulnerable to damage from extremely loud noises, which makes hunters and shooters especially vulnerable to hearing loss. For this reason, it is extremely important that you take appropriate steps to protect your hearing when you are exposed to noisy environments. Luckily, this task is much easier than many people assume. Keep reading, and I'll demonstrate a few of the methods available today to protect your hearing while hunting and shooting.
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'Pure evil': Frein in jail without bail
Times Herald-Record
Eric Frein will be held at the Pike County Jail without bail after his arraignment at the Pike County Courthouse. Frein's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 12 at the courthouse. He was captured by the U.S. Marshal Service at the Birchwood-Pocono Airpark. "Today, we find some comfort as a community, that we are taking these next steps toward justice," Ray Tonkin said during a press conference after the arraignment.
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A solution for prison reform
The Daily Journal
In spite of the fact that California spends more of your hard-earned tax dollars on corrections than on higher education, sentencing reform has remained one of our least-valued priorities for over three decades. Proponents of Proposition 47 contend the bill would streamline and reduce certain felony sentences to misdemeanors statewide.
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No bail for rape suspect accused of cutting off GPS monitoring bracelet
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
A Massachusetts man accused of going on a cross-country crime spree after allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl had a gun, knives, zip ties and duct tape in his car and had been driving by the girl's house, police said during a recorded interview with the man. Gregory Lewis denied having physical contact with the girl in the August interview with Southbridge police.
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More charges issued in illegal bail bond probe
The Associated Press via KATC-TV
Four more people have been indicted on charges of conspiring to write illegal bail bonds in Orleans Parish. The federal indictments charge Rufus Johnson, his son James Johnson, former bondsman Perry Becnel and former Rufus Johnson employee Josephine Spellman with 10 counts of conspiracy and lying to a grand jury. The New Orleans Advocate reports the indictment replaces earlier charges against Rufus Johnson, whom federal authorities put at the scheme's center.
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New details emerge in Oklahoma shootout involving 'bounty hunters'
Stunning new details emerged in a case that sparked gunfire and a four-hour standoff. It all started when three men calling themselves bounty hunters tried to take a man into custody, but new documents call it all into question. The men were not bounty hunters at all and even showed up at the scene in a stolen vehicle.
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    Bounty hunters join the search for Frein (PA home page)
New Jersey voters get to decide on bail change; opponents support goals but not details (The Republic)
GPS monitoring of criminals proves effective (WKBT-TV)
Bail policy could raise the price of freedom (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Can electronic monitoring reduce Vermont's prison population? (Seven Days)

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