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County's sheriff office sees big spike in warrants

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The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's office says it has seen an increase in people failing to pay their fines to county courts.

As a result -- there is a spike in the number of warrants being issued to have people arrested for not paying.

County Sheriff Mark Overman says from January to June, the sheriff's office received about 80 "failure to pay" warrants a month.

In August, it received 415 and in September 510.

Overman says if an officer encounters a person who hasn't paid their fine they will be taken to jail.

Once in jail and if you do have money to pay, you can do so but you will still be fingerprinted and have your mugshot taken.

"Well I think the reason for the spike," said Overman. "The courts just got behind and so now they are cleaning out their files. You know, people get fined for all sorts of things and the judges give them time to pay their fines and they don't pay their fines and if you don't then warrants get issued."

Overman says call the county court to find out how much you owe if you think there's a warrant out for you.

You can also check the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's office website.

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