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1/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Barberton Municipal Court conducting ‘Scofflaw Crackdown’

BARBERTON — Diana Stevenson, clerk of the Barberton Municipal Court, has announced the Barberton Municipal Court Scofflaw Crackdown.

A “scofflaw” is a person who disobeys the law, especially a law that is difficult to enforce, according to Stevenson. In this instance, the Scofflaw Crackdown is targeting illegal parking offenders who have accrued outstanding fines and costs due to unpaid parking tickets.

With the recent success of its license forfeiture amnesty program, judges David Fish and Christine Croce, along with Stevenson, continue to seek ways to further collect for the city of Barberton and increase the efficiency of the courts, according to Stevenson.

The Scofflaw Crackdown will give the clerk the opportunity to collect on nearly $75,000 in outstanding parking fines.

While programs in the past have operated on an amnesty basis, the Scofflaw Crackdown will require offenders to pay all of their parking fines. Those who have outstanding parking tickets could face being sent to a collection agency starting Feb. 4. Additionally, offenders could face having their vehicle being placed on a tow list, incurring additional costs and potentially having a civil judgment against them, according to Stevenson.

Payment can be made in person at the Clerk of Courts Office Mondays through Fridays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturdays between 8 a.m. and noon. The office accepts personal checks, money orders (made payable to Barberton Municipal Court), cash, Visa and Mastercard. Payments also can be mailed to Barberton Municipal Court, 576 W. Park Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.

For questions regarding the Scofflaw Crackdown Program, call the Clerk of Courts Office at 330-861-7191.

Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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