Withdrawal of bad-check arrest warrants begun

July 15, 1999|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

The Howard County state's attorney's office is seeking to recall most of the arrest warrants issued for people who wrote bad checks yet repaid their debts, officials said yesterday.

I. Matthew Campbell, deputy state's attorney, could not say how many, but he said "a number of cases" would be recalled.

Prosecutors will review those cases and decide whether to have summonses issued or to drop the charges, Campbell said.

At least seven people were wanted on arrest warrants even though they had repaid their debts. Some paid their debts shortly after the warrants were issued.

One woman, arrested at her River Hill home in May, was taken to the police station, booked and fingerprinted. She had repaid her debt to the Columbia Association five months before her arrest.

The woman, Beth Reynolds, is seeking $20,000 from the association in a lawsuit filed in Howard County District Court.

Prosecutors dropped the case against Reynolds in May and against two others on Tuesday, one of whom learned she was wanted after being contacted by a Sun reporter this week.

Campbell said prosecutors will not recall warrants pending against several people because they have been difficult to locate and failed to respond to notices.

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