Notices Help Nab People With Warrants
A program to clear up outstanding arrest warrants is showing success, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s department, in conjunction with local newspapers, began publishing the names of wanted people each Monday in 1996. As of Dec. 31, more than 70 percent of the felons listed have been apprehended, Capt. Ben Wolfinger said.
More than half of the misdemeanor warrants also have been cleared. And 501 people voluntarily contacted the courts to clear up outstanding fines worth $133,861 in 1997. That saved $20,000 in jailing costs, Wolfinger said.
Every Monday, The Idaho Spokesman-Review runs a list of wanted people. People on the list range from those wanted for serious crimes, such as rape and theft, to those wanted for not paying fines.