The Justices of the Peace in Hopkins County, Brad Cummings in Precinct 2 and B.J. Teer in Precinct 1, publicized an upcoming warrant round up set for Saturday, February 25 until Sunday, March 5 at a news conference Wednesday morning. The local effort is part of a statewide emphasis. Both JP’s indicate they have no interest in having someone serving jail time because of an outstanding Class C offense warrant. These include traffic tickets and also some criminal mischief, theft, assault and assault family violence cases. Both urged people with warrants to communicate with their JP courts. JP Cummings said he can’t help someone take care of a situation if the person does not make contact. The lack of contact can lead to issuance of a warrant.
To help people come in and take care of a warrant, both JP’s plan to offer extended hours from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 and Friday, February 24 prior to the round up. Contact with the court can include a phone call or mail. Cashiers checks can be accepted to pay fines. A person can even enter a guilty plea by letter. Both JP’s indicate they are willing to work out a solution with someone with a warrant but they add they need to be contacted.