It's that time of year again, Spring Cleaning. It just so happens that the San Angelo Police Department and the City Marshal's Office will be doing their version of spring cleaning with this year's Warrant Roundup. If you want to avoid the San Angelo Standard times publish your name and warrant information, you might want to take care of that. Like now.

If you do have a outstanding warrant (or warrants), you MUST contact the Municipal Court no later than April 14. To determine whether or not you have outstanding warrant(s), call 325-657-4368.

The Municipal Court has a backlog of approximately 28,600 outstanding warrants involving about 8,300 defendants dating back to 2000. The Class C 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.

Normally, the roundup is conducted in February in conjunction with a statewide effort. This year’s roundup was delayed so it would not conflict with the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, whose security is provided by local law enforcement.

Chief City Marshal John Gonzales said,

The threat of having your name published in the newspaper and of law officers actively seeking to arrest you has proven to be powerfully persuasive in prompting people to address their outstanding warrants. Once names from outstanding warrants are published in the Standard-Times, local law officers will be working around the clock to locate and arrest offenders. Those arrested will have only two options to dispose of their warrants. Pay in full or go to jail.

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