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Most wanted now on Web site

January 23, 2009
By Rae Kruger

MARSHALL - Want to get a good look at who Marshall Police want to get? Check the "Did You Know" link on the www.marshallmn.com Web site.

The Top 10 most wanted list includes the photos, names and other information of the top 10 people most wanted by Marshall Police.

"These are not necessarily the most serious offenders or violent persons," Marshall Director of Public Safety Rob Yant said.

But they are wanted. "Some have been wanted for a while," Yant said.

The list released this week includes one woman and nine men. The people listed have driving while impaired, controlled substance crime, domestic assault, worthless checks, theft, illegal possession of a firearm and minor consumption charges.

The Web site information includes a caution to not apprehend a person and to not make contact with the person on the list.

Police regularly release a list of people with outstanding warrants but the list only has the names.

"With the interest in Web site, we thought we'd take advantage of technology," Yant said. "This is being done in other areas."

The photos are posted in the hope it will get people to turn in tips about the most wanted, and maybe, to prompt those wanted to turn themselves in, Yant said.

"It could prompt someone (to turn themselves in)," Yant said. "We're hoping that friends and family members (respond)."

People may not recognize a name but they could recognize a face, Yant said.

The Top 10 list was based on several factors.

"These are people likely to be in the area," Yant said. "These are people our staff thinks are likely to be in the area."

The most wanted may have family, friends or other ties to the area, Yant said.

"If we thought a serious offender was in California, we wouldn't put them on our Web site. That isn't going to turn up that person," Yant said.

The listed will be updated as needed but it's likely Police will need the list for some time.

"We've got a pretty large outstanding warrants list," Yant said. "We're not going to run out of folks for a while."

 
 

 

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