The Carter County Sheriff’s Department conducted a “roundup” Thursday night, jailing 11 people wanted on outstanding warrants.


The Carter County Sheriff’s Department conducted a “roundup” Thursday night, jailing 11 people wanted on outstanding warrants.

 

Six of those arrested were wanted for felony crimes. The remaining five were sought on misdemeanor charges. Sheriff Ken Grace said eight deputies and reserves carried out the roundup, which was conducted throughout the county, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

 

“The reserves are the ones that really get these types of operations going for us — their work is invaluable,” Grace said.

 

While warrant roundups are not uncommon, the sheriff said Thursday night’s operation marks a different approach.

 

“We are now going to be conducting these roundups  every 60 days — always at undisclosed times and dates,” Grace said.

 

Why is the CCSD supersizing the warrant roundup effort?

 

“The numbers of outstanding warrants are staggering,” Grace said. “What we’ve started with is 50. We have developed information on these individuals which will lead to their arrests. Once we get those people in custody we will just start working backwards through the rest.”

 

The sheriff also had advice for those who are aware they have outstanding warrants against them.

 

“These warrants range from felony crimes to things like failure to pay fines and costs. I want to encourage anyone who knows there is an outstanding warrant against them to save themselves the time and trouble that comes with another arrest. If you face something serious, turn yourself in at the detention center. If it’s less serious, go to the courthouse and take care of your issues. If you’ve failed to pay, make arrangements to do so. If you haven’t shown up for court, make arrangements to do that. Whatever it is, it isn’t going to go away and we aren’t going to go away as long as there is an outstanding warrant with your name on it,” Grace said.