Updated By La'Tasha Givens
Gadsden County investigators announced earlier this week- they would be rounding up residents with outstanding warrants. And today, in just four hours, they arrested 16 people with charges ranging from not paying child support to committing violent crimes. Many of them are still being processed.
Gadsden County deputies showed up at several homes throughout the county. Deputies say they have about 9 thousand outstanding warrants and they want to resolve these cases. Investigators say the warrants range from traffic violations and unpaid court fines... all the way to felonies... and most of the offenders have had plenty of time to turn themselves in.
LT Jim Corder with Gadsden County Sheriff's Office says, "The ones we took off the streets today were ones that just said ya know I'm not going to do it, I'm going to abscond. I'm not going to be at the address I'm suppose to be at I'm not going to abide by my probation rules and regulations, so we picked them up."
Corder continues saying, "Let's be partners. If you have a problem call us, let's set up a time for you to come in and let's work together to clear some of these out. Having warrants hanging over people's heads is not good."
"We have a lot of senior citizens here in the community that live by themselves and I think it's good because they're getting the criminals off the streets," says, resident Viola Baker.
Officers say they will work with the states attorney's office to make prosecution deals for certain misdemeanors. Their goal is to close the book on as many cases as they can over the next few weeks in a safe, non-embarrassing manner.
If you have questions about your warrant status or would like to set up a time to turn yourself in, call (850) 627-5374.
Gadsden County, Florida -- March 18, 2011 --
Deputies with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office and other agencies have so far arrested 17 Fugitives in a fugitive roundup operation. The operation is still ongoing at this time.
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