LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Municipal court building in downtown Lufkin was quiet on Friday, but come Saturday, it could be packed with people hoping to settle on outstanding warrants.
The city of Lufkin is participating with 150 agencies from across the state in the great warrant round up. The yearly event allows agencies to knock out outstanding warrants across the state. The round up runs from March 7-15.
"When we say something to them about it, it brings it to their attention," City Marshal Mark Carnley said. "It seems to focus them into trying to take care of their cases."
Carnley said the roundup works great in the spring because many people do not have the funds to pay and use income tax returns as a way to take care of fees.
"Some people have had these warrants for a long time but may not have the finances to pay them," Carnley said.
When last year's roundup started the city of Lufkin had 17,400 outstanding warrants. This year that number is up to an estimated 18,000 warrants.
Carnley said if people voluntarily turn themselves in then they are allowed to set up a plan.
"If These people come in we have financial sheets they can fill out to show what their income is and the judge will set up a payment plan," Carnley said.
The Lufkin Municipal Court will be open the following dates and times: Sat, March 7, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Mon, March 9, through Wed., March 11, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thurs., March 12, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Fri., March 13, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.