If you have outstanding City warrants and wish to avoid having the San Angelo Standard-Times print your name, you  must contact the Municipal Court no later than Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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Those who fail to do so will also be targeted in a warrant roundup involving the City Marshal’s Office and the San Angelo Police Department.

To determine whether an outstanding warrant exists, call 325-657-4368.

The Municipal Court has a backlog of about 28,600 outstanding warrants involving some 8,300 defendants dating back to 2000. The misdemeanor warrants cover traffic violations; criminal offenses such as issuance of a bad check, theft, criminal mischief and assault; and City code citations for garbage, weeds, junk and unsanitary conditions. The warrants also include charges of failure to appear for a court date, to pay a fine or to comply with a court order, and contempt of court.

The roundup is part of a statewide effort. After the names are published, law officers from numerous jurisdictions will work around the clock trying to serve warrants.

Chief City Marshal John Gonzales said publishing warrant lists helps generate leads that officers pursue during roundups.

“The threat of having your name published in the newspaper and of law officers actively seeking to arrest you prompts people to take care of their warrants,” Gonzales said.

Payment of fines can be made in full at municipalonlinepayments.com/sanangelotx; by phone with a credit card at 325-657-4365; or in person at the Municipal Court, 110 S. Emerick St., from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The court accepts cash, cashier’s checks, money orders or credit card. Personal checks are not accepted.

Those arrested have only two options to clear their warrants, Gonzales said: “Pay in full or go to jail.”