1. #1
    Give me all you got!
    AvalancheZ71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Middle Tennessee
    Posts
    1,033

    80 Year Old Warrant Active

    I wonder if they will find this guy. This one is out of East Tennessee.

    The Carter County Sheriff's Department is trying to serve an 80-year-old warrant for the arrest of a man who wrote a $30 bad check, although unsure if he is alive.

    The warrant, issued in August 1928, calls for the arrest of J.A. Rowland. It says he owes $30 for the bad check, $2 for the arrest fee and 50 cents each for the affidavit and warrant.

    Clerks at the Glynn County Sheriff's Office in Brunswick, Ga., recently found the warrant buried in a records storage room while cleaning and mailed it to Tennessee.

    Current Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes told The Elizabethton Star he is still under a legal obligation to find Rowland.
    http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=79401
    The Associated Press
    That's what they do, it's a trailer park.

  2. #2
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Edinburgh, UK - moving to LA, CA in June
    Posts
    8
    Sounds like a huge waste of resources.

  3. #3
    Give me all you got!
    AvalancheZ71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Middle Tennessee
    Posts
    1,033
    The fee is now $40, but the sheriff or constable would only be authorized the $2 fee if served.
    That's what they do, it's a trailer park.

  4. #4
    Forum Member
    slamdunk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    676
    Wow, that one is really funny.

    I think obligation to try to serve the warrant means an officer shouting "Anyone named J.A. Rowland here?" at the station house. When no one answers, the officer then sends it to a local museum or historical society.
    The Blog: Slam Dunks

  5. #5
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    1,255
    So if they guy was ten years old when he wrote the check, he's only ninety now. What a waste of time.

  6. #6
    Give me all you got!
    AvalancheZ71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Middle Tennessee
    Posts
    1,033
    They should drive by some local cemetaries. I wonder if they find him there if the judge would allow it to be served by attaching it to the headstone.
    That's what they do, it's a trailer park.

  7. #7
    Master of Disaster
    dbphotos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    DFW Texas
    Posts
    795
    Current Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes told The Elizabethton Star he is still under a legal obligation to find Rowland.
    Sheriff Mathes is an idiot if he is really considering wasting resources on this. It should be a talking point in the next election.
    David Bailey Photography | Bailey Tactical



    "Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor satan shudders and says oh hell he's awake!"

  8. #8
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,505
    This is stupid. The guy is probably dead, and the sheriff is going to waste time, money, and deputies to confirm it. Idiots.

  9. #9
    Just gettin' along mostly
    ComicGuy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Denver Area
    Posts
    769
    Quote Originally Posted by catch um and ba View Post
    This is stupid. The guy is probably dead, and the sheriff is going to waste time, money, and deputies to confirm it. Idiots.
    Even if the guy's still alive, the statute of limitations on the original crime is almost certainly expired. Farking bureaucrats.

    Don't make me gassy.
    You wouldn't LIKE me when I'm gassy...
    _________________________________

    If you're offended by something that I've said...it was just your turn.

  10. #10
    Give me all you got!
    AvalancheZ71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Middle Tennessee
    Posts
    1,033
    They should check out the Tennessee General Assembly resolutions to see if the guy was presented a resolution for reaching 100 years of age.
    That's what they do, it's a trailer park.

  11. #11
    vvincelli
    Guest
    I think they're also gonna have problems with the "freshness" of the warrant seeing as how it's for a minor offense and sat buried in a storage room for (obviously) quite some time with no attempt to serve (re-fresh) it.

    Publicity stunt, and as others have stated, complete waste of resource.

    - V

  12. #12
    Forum Member
    Ex Army MP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    3,135
    Quote Originally Posted by ComicGuy View Post
    Even if the guy's still alive, the statute of limitations on the original crime is almost certainly expired. Farking bureaucrats.
    Actually the SOL runs from offense date to the date he is charged. If he has a warrant out I assume he was charged. In any event, regardless of the SOL, they are SOL.

    "Current Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes told The Elizabethton Star he is still under a legal obligation to find Rowland".
    Bravo Sierra. He has the full discretion to dismiss that warrant.
    Sometimes I think life is just a rodeo,
    The trick is to ride and make it to the bell.
    But there is a place, sweet as you will ever know,
    In music and love, and things you never tell.
    You see it in their face, secrets on the telephone,
    A time out of time, for you and no one else

  13. #13
    You are next...
    bigcop97's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    The Midwest
    Posts
    1,601
    The Carter County Sheriff's Department is trying to serve an 80-year-old warrant for the arrest of a man who wrote a $30 bad check, although unsure if he is alive.


    Off topic: I wonder what $30-80 years ago equates to $$ now-a-days

    On topic: This case is a no brainer... must be a slow county
    Retired 02/01/13

  14. #14
    Give me all you got!
    AvalancheZ71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Middle Tennessee
    Posts
    1,033
    Carter County is kinda of a mixed bag. It has very rural mountian areas to a mid size town as the county seat. A small portion of Johnson City lies in Carter County. Tennessee has many two and some three county towns. So it is a mix.
    That's what they do, it's a trailer park.

  15. #15
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    MD
    Posts
    383
    $30 is a God-send for governments today!

  16. #16
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    70
    Quote Originally Posted by bigcop97 View Post
    The Carter County Sheriff's Department is trying to serve an 80-year-old warrant for the arrest of a man who wrote a $30 bad check, although unsure if he is alive.


    Off topic: I wonder what $30-80 years ago equates to $$ now-a-days



    What cost $30 in 1928 would cost $360.10 in 2007

  17. #17
    Give me all you got!
    AvalancheZ71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Middle Tennessee
    Posts
    1,033
    I wonder if any of the 16 Carter County Constables tried to serve that warrant for the $2 fee.
    That's what they do, it's a trailer park.

  18. #18
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Montgomery Alabama
    Posts
    16,978
    Well, technically, an arrest warrant is valid until executed. Practically, it shouldn't be a high priority item, especially in light of the charges. Bureacracy though, often demonstrates an alarming lack of common sense in these matters.

  19. #19
    Forum Member
    FJDave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    5,075
    Ummm, this thread is about as old as the warrant is....

    Quote Originally Posted by Smurfette
    Lord have mercy. You're about as slick as the business side of duct tape.
    Quote Originally Posted by DAL
    You are without doubt a void surrounded by a sphincter muscle.

  20. #20
    Forum Member
    LINY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    LI, NY
    Posts
    5,799
    And from what I've looked up they ain't never found him neither.

  21. #21
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Montgomery Alabama
    Posts
    16,978
    Quote Originally Posted by ComicGuy View Post
    Even if the guy's still alive, the statute of limitations on the original crime is almost certainly expired. Farking bureaucrats.
    Point of law. If the arrest warrant was sworn to within the rescribed time limits, the warrant itself is still valid. Waste of time to try and serve it? Absolutely!!

  22. #22
    Forum Member
    Dinosaur32's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Suffolk County, New York
    Posts
    3,614
    Issuance of the warrant tolls the statute of limitattions. In NY active warrant must be executed if defendant is located......defense to charges is People's failure to actively search for perp. I have seen 30 year old warrants executed.

  23. #23
    Civillian
    jannino's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    GA
    Posts
    6,879
    I'm just not taking it serious and I don't think they were either...

    I can picture the clerk finding it and telling the GA sheriff and he's saying we'll you better send it on up there honey.... then the TN sheriff gets it and is like guess we better go out and find the guy...

    Some people just need to take light of things...

  24. #24
    Forum Member
    mrc27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    PA via CA
    Posts
    3,043
    Can someone explain to me how a guy that wrote a bad check can STILL have a warrant out for his arrest, yet someone, who was arrested for stealing & gun & trying to sell it to an undercover cop for drug money, give a false ID, flees the state, & because he never shows for his court cases, after 3 years the case just goes away?
    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Log in

Click here to log in or register