City’s ‘sweep’ to clear arrest warrants

If you’re one of the hundreds of people with an outstanding Grand Junction municipal warrant, the city has a deal for you.

Starting today and continuing for the next two weeks, people wanted by the city for failing to appear in court, pay their fines or abide by some other court order can appear at City Hall and pay their fines in full.

In exchange, they won’t be arrested, and the city will waive their warrant fee and consider converting community-service hours and court-ordered classes to fines.

It’s part of the city’s “warrant sweep” to clear roughly 1,500 outstanding warrants clogging the municipal court system.

The city is running an advertisement in today’s Daily Sentinel with the names of 95 people who have outstanding warrants.

City spokeswoman Sam Rainguet said the names were randomly chosen, and there were too many outstanding warrants to run the name of every wanted person.

And what if you don’t take advantage of the offer? Then it’s back to the status quo of the other 50 weeks of the year — a trip to the Mesa County Jail if police find you.

“It’s important for people to understand that the warrant doesn’t go away,” Rainguet said.


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