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Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

Operation Last Chance


The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington County Clerk of Court’s Office served family court bench warrants on 84 dead-beat parents as a result of mailing letters in April to persons for whom bench warrants had been issued after the persons failed to make court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County. The letters offered the persons an opportunity to resolve family court bench warrants as part of Operation Last Chance.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts and Lexington County Clerk of Court Beth Carrigg said persons who were wanted on family court bench warrants had a last chance to resolve the bench warrants on Wednesday, May 22 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center in Lexington.

A family court judge on Wednesday handled cases involving 36 persons who failed to make court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County, Metts and Carrigg said. Of the 36 persons who appeared before the family court judge, 11 persons received jail sentences for failing to make court-ordered child support payments. The remaining 25 persons worked with the family court judge to set up payment plans for their outstanding child support payments.

“The enhanced enforcement of court orders in child support cases reflects our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County,” Metts said. “The failure of non-custodial parents to financially support their children creates serious quality of life issues for children.”

“Sheriff Metts and I are more dedicated than ever in today’s tough economic times to obtain financial support for children and parents who have custody of children,” Carrigg said. “Dead-beat parents will not be tolerated in Lexington County, and we will use every legal means available to provide children and parents who have custody of children with the financial support that they deserve and need.”



 


09/11/2014 - Man Returned to Lexington County on Murder Charges  
09/09/2014 - Missing Person Investigation  
09/07/2014 - Woman Charged with Intentionally Setting Fire to Residence  
08/28/2014 - Fugitive Investigators Arrest Man Who Owed More Than $170,000 in Child Support Payments  
08/25/2014 - Sheriffs Department Donates Over 700 to United Way  
08/22/2014 - CrimeStoppers Tip Enables Detectives to File Charge  
08/19/2014 - Explorers Post 106 First Nighters Meeting  
08/19/2014 - Detectives Arrest Two Men for Stealing One Motor Vehicle and Stealing Items from Four Motor Vehicles  
08/14/2014 - Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Two Children  
08/08/2014 - Officer Involved Shooting Investigation  
08/07/2014 - Aviation Unit Recovers Stolen Vehicle During National Night Out  
08/04/2014 - Man Arrested for Attempted Murder and Heroin Trafficking  
07/31/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Two Deputies  
07/28/2014 - Homeland Protection Certification  
07/25/2014 - Two Men Arrested in Convenience Store Robbery  
07/24/2014 - Explorer Post Wins National Award  
07/23/2014 - Law Enforcement Re-Accreditation  
07/23/2014 - Job Fair and Open House  
07/23/2014 - Deputy Receives Distinguished Graduate Award  
07/18/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Deputies  
07/19/2014 - Detectives Charge Man with Restaurant Robbery  
07/19/2014 - Deputies Arrest Two Women and One Man for Breaking Into Home at Gunpoint  
07/16/2014 - Reserve Deputy Training  
07/12/2014 - Detention Center Enhances Visitation With Inmates  
07/11/2014 - Deputies Arrest Teen-Ager for Breaking Into Home  


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