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Norwalk gives criminals chance to turn themselves in

Annie Zelm • May 3, 2011 at 9:17 PM

In an effort to chip away at a mountain of warrants, the Norwalk Police Department is offering people with otustanding warrant a chance this weekend to turn themselves in exchange for leniency.

The attached list contains all of the people with outstanding warrants in Norwalk.

"Operation Safe Surrender," scheduled for May 6 and 7, is at the former Check Into Cash, 80 Whittlesey Ave.

Those who surrender won't be given a pass, but the judge is likely to take their cooperation into consideration as he determines their sentences, officers said.

Norwalk police Chief Dave Light said the department has 2,660 outstanding warrants — some of which are 15 years old.

Most are for low-level misdemeanors such as failing to pay fines and costs.

Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge will be there to hear cases on the spot so people who turn themselves in for misdemeanors will likely go home the same day.

"This is the first step toward a second chance," Norwalk police Officer Seth Fry said.

Representatives of the Norwalk Law Director's office and Huron County Public Defender's office will also be there this weekend to offer their services.

To see the list of people with outstanding warrants, click the PDF below.

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