Friday, February 16, 2007

Bail-bond board issues licenses to four businesses

Bail-bond board issues licenses to four businesses: "Local bail-bond businesses have taken a liking to the recently created Angelina County bail bonds board, which regulates and oversees county bondsmen.

'It's more security for the county right now,' said Lester Bellows of ABC Bail Bonds. 'And it puts more legitimate people in the business.'

Since the first of the year, the board — spearheaded by District Judge Barry Bryan — has approved and licensed four businesses for bailing out people arrested and booked in Angelina County Jail, including ABC Bail Bonds, Affordable Bail Bonds, American Bail Bonds and Bail America.

The board was created to add structure and provide those who deal with the process most some input, Bryan said.

Board members include local lawyers, judges and county leaders, including Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Billy Ball, former County Judge Joe Berry, County Clerk JoAnn Chastain, County Attorney Ed Jones, District Clerk Reba Squyres, Treasurer Lois Warner, state District Judge Paul White, Sheriff Kent Henson and District Attorney Clyde Herrington."

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