Warrant round-up in Tom Bean

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- A warrant round-up is in the works in eastern Grayson County. Authorities in the city of Tom Bean say they have around $150,000 worth of outstanding warrants they are looking to collect.

The town of around 1,000 people has just under 450 active warrants, and police say they plan to find the people wanted and make them pay up or serve time, but not all the people who have warrants live in Tom Bean. Most of the warrants are for people in the surrounding area who received citations while passing through Tom Bean.

And city officials say of the 450 active warrants, its not 450 people. Most of those who have a warrant have more than one and can owe up to $1,000. Which is why the city needs to collect the money.

"People need to take care of their business. If you are speeding, or get a ticket, come take care of your warrants," Tom Bean police officer Scott Barrett says.

"It’s not a game. You committed an offense, failed to take care of it. Now we’re trying to collect, and they don't do anything about it," Tom Bean court clerk Tammy Phillips says.

If you have active warrants issued for your arrest, you will not be able to renew your driver’s license until those warrants are taken care of.

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  • by Burk Location: Tom Bean on Jan 28, 2008 at 07:45 PM
    Tom Bean is a rough little town most people dont know what the officers here have to put up with. Most of the officers are very hard working men who when you get to know them are very friendly and would do anything to help you. Understand they are just doing there job that most of us do not want to do. Yeah they write tickets to people, but so does every other city in the world. The smaller towns get picked on because they are smaller and dont have as much land mass to cover. The reason you dont here people gripping about the bigger cities that write tickets is because they have more land mass which means you might not pass by them. You people who come on here and grip why dont you put your real name and location down and when you got stopped by the officer and what the citation was for. Yall dont want to do taht thaugh. You like sitting behind a computer and talking smack because it is safe.Watch what you say because one of those officers might end up saving your life one day!!!!!!!!!!
  • by a citizen Location: howe on Jan 28, 2008 at 04:00 PM
    Just reading some of the postings and wondering why most assume they are for speeders? What about no insurance, no drivers license, no inspection, etc.? Some could also be for loose dogs or junk cars. For whatever reason someone received the ticket...wouldn't it be wise to get it taken care of before the police show up and haul you off to jail in front of your family, friends or co-workers.
  • by HERE Location: GONE on Jan 28, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    Hey people their are signs DO NOT SPEED IF YOU DON'T WANT A TICKET, and the bike thing and breaking into a car is not really important because a traffic stop can lead to arrest of people carrying drugs or weapons that they may have been headed to your house to try and robe you or kill you in necessary so go by another bike and put an alarm on your car
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: Denison on Jan 27, 2008 at 01:03 PM
    I got a ticket in Sherman and when I plead not guilty because I saw the cop come out from under Taylor street bridge. my ticket said I was speeding in the 100 bk of Sam Rayburn. There was no way he could have seen me at this point. If he had said another cop had seen me and radio him he could have put some doubt in my mind. But he lied and said he followed me all the way through town.... end of discussion the gavel came down I was guilty with a hefty fine. You can not beat city hall.
  • by FryTheGuy Location: North Texas on Jan 27, 2008 at 12:56 PM
    Good Ole Tom Bean. It figures that a story like this would come outta there. Listen yall, All these towns are the same. Everyone who lives there works elsewhere because there are no jobs in the town. The police force are usually young, gung-ho and gaining experience to move to a bigger force. Others have washed out of larger forces and have no choice but to work in a small town usually gaining the job through lies and exagurated stories of their exploits in their previous job (that they washed out of). These towns are usually strapped for cash (because of the lack of employers) and have few options for city funds. Speeding tickets are a cash cow for them. Mix this need for cash with the inexperience or ill-gotten over inflated ego of a small town cop and you get the situation faced by Tom Bean. It's the same in every small town. Same in the small Texas town I live in too so please do not get me wrong. I am not picking on the good people of Tom Bean. They are really great people.
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Jan 25, 2008 at 06:10 PM
    There is NO reason to have a police force in this town except TO write speeding tickets.You know you really have to NEED a job to be a small town cop.What ever happened to the cop that shot his brother over in that area?Oh yea he married his brother's wife and moved off.
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: tom beam on Jan 25, 2008 at 02:34 PM
    how bout just treating every one the same (out of towners/intowners) and letting people off with a friendly warning who have a good clean driving record, versus giving intowners warnings and out of towners the big tickets. Just treating all people equal sounds like a good idea to me.
  • by Diana Location: madill on Jan 25, 2008 at 01:04 PM
    If they already have outstanding warrants how r they keeping a d.l. this long?
  • by Farmer Leroy Location: Whitewright on Jan 25, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    Slow down and show manners to other drivers (if your parents taught you any) as well as to the citizens of our small towns. If you don't like small town atmospheres go south to Dallas....you'll blend right in. I guess yall didn't notice the 2 schools there on Hwy 11, one on each end of town !!!
  • by Former Resident Location: Tom Bean on Jan 25, 2008 at 06:19 AM
    Further, at the last PTO meeting, we discussed putting up a traffic-proof barrier around the elementary school. Reason: A speeding truck crashed through a fence a few yards away. Had he been a few yards further along, we may be discussing a memorial to the kids who were killed. I was also at the football game when an OOT speeder led a police chase--complete with a footchase and gunfire--past the stadium. (No, it wasn't all TB police. It started somewhere else.) Our city is positioned on a highway with a speeding problem. Please, we'd love it if you'd all avoid us! We can do without the revenue.
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