A warrant sweep in the city of Shawnee Sunday morning yielded 17 arrests, which cleared 47 warrants in Shawnee, three for Pottawatomie County and one misdemeanor from Okmulgee, Municipal Judge Randall Wiley said.

A warrant sweep in the city of Shawnee Sunday morning yielded 17 arrests, which cleared 47 warrants in Shawnee, three for Pottawatomie County and one misdemeanor from Okmulgee, Municipal Judge Randall Wiley said.

Shawnee City Marshals Brad Sherill and Tom Cartwright, along with Shawnee police officers and members of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Warrant Team, which is comprised of officers from many area departments, worked together in the operation.

Wiley said all of the arrests occurred in the city limits.

Those with city of Shawnee warrants can avoid being targeted in a sweep by paying their fines, Wiley said.

He said many with fines opted to pay rather than going to jail — $3,269 was collected as a result.

Wiley said there has been a substantial rise in the number of outstanding warrants in the past few years.

“It is too costly to jail all of them; there are 8,000-plus warrants out right now,” he said. “It would be much simpler for everyone if those with outstanding warrants would come in and make payment arrangements or do community service to work off the fines.”

He said in 2016, the equivalent of $90,600 in community service was done by those working off warrant fines.

“It would have otherwise cost us almost $80,000 to have jailed them,” he said.

For more information, contact the Shawnee municipal court, 878-1620. A list of those with warrants also can be found online at http://www.shawneeok.org/Gov/Administration/CityClerk/Court/Warrants/Records.asp.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.