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Sharp County Sheriff's Department releases list of past due fines

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tammy Curtis

Staff Writer

Each week, space permitting, the Villager Journal will be running a list of delinquent fines owed to the Sharp County Circuit Court.

The names of those responsible will be posted along with the amount due.

Judy Qualls, Administrative Deputy with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department said those who owe these fines may pay them at the Sheriff's office only, not the Circuit Clerk's office.

The list is an attempt to collect the over $2 million in past due fines the county is owed for fines and court costs.

If a person's name appears on the list, it is advisable to contact the office at 870-994-7356 to get the matter taken care of.

The Sheriff's office is actively working to collect these monies by issueing Show Cause Orders.

The orders are issued for contempt of court for non payment of fines and/or court costs.

The process begins with a letter signed by Sheriff Mark Counts that is taken to the judge by Tina Hall of the prosecuting attorney's office. After the judge signs the orders declaring the defendant has failed to pay the fine, the paperwork is filed with the Circuit Court Clerk's office, where the Show Cause Summons is issued and delivered to the officer to serve.

Initially, the defendant will be served papers documenting they have been served and will appear in court on the given court date to answer the charges regarding lack of payment.

If after being served the papers, the defendant fails to appear in court, the cost escalates. In addition to the original fines or costs, a warrant may be issued for failure to appear, which results in more fines, court costs and possibly jail time.

Qualls stressed the importance of making payments when they are initially set up by the court. She said the prosecutor's office is supportive of the effort to help recoup money the county is owed.

Once the defendant appears before the judge, they are asked to explain the reason for not making payments. The judge can order them to once again begin paying a designated amount on the charges to the Sheriff's Department, allow them to pay in full, or, if the defendant fails to appear, a warrant will be issued for their arrest.

This list is provided by the Sharp County Sheriff's office, any questions regarding them should be directed to the department, not the newspaper.

Joseph Edward Brown


Billy Joe Arrivett, Jr


James Naldo Arnold


William G. Anderson


Maria Ables


Kasey L. Liggett


Timothy Brady


Duane Hamm


Elizabeth Baker


Aaron Matthew Burrough (10)


Edgar Hernandez Cruz


Aimee Beth Blansett


Travis J. Huckabee


Phillip D. Barnett


James Henry Beke


Dustin A. Davis


Steven W. Bell


Fritz Joe Bendele


Dawn Lea Alexander


Tammy Jo Davis


John Berryhill


Candy Ann Bridges


Justin Young


Tresa Horton


Jamie Rudick (25)


Rex Applegate


Joel Henley


Michael Robertson


Chrisie Dodds


Joseph Wilkerson


Preston Tyler French


Colton Broadwater


Jason Madrid Jones


Dexter Inman


David Matthew Bates (35)


Jonathan Booth


Earl F. Skiles


Douglas R. Stephens, Jr.


Kenneth Bramlett


Misty Brightwell


Richard Patton, Jr.


Joshua Luke Brumley


Richard Burrow


Raymond Lee Dixon


James Biby


Gary Wayne Butler


Ronnie Burge


Jimmy Wayne Bogard


Sherry Dawn Friday


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