Wash. city offers December arrest-warrant amnesty

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GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) -- The city of Gig Harbor is offering people with outstanding arrest warrants a one-month amnesty in December.

People who schedule a quash hearing on their misdemeanor arrest warrants won't have to pay a $50 fee or risk being jailed before the case is heard.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/vVTsBC ) the amnesty applies to misdemeanor warrants issued by the Gig Harbor Municipal Court for violations such as drunken driving, marijuana possession and driving without a license.

Court officials hope it will reduce a backlog of about 300 warrants.

Court administrator Stacy Colberg says the fee is sometimes an obstacle for people who want to do the right thing and turn themselves in.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com