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Fugitive Safe Surrender offers fresh start


Kyle Presjak traveled some 1,400 miles for a fresh start.

Presjak, 21, was among 135 people who turned themselves in during Fugitive Safe Surrender events in Trumbull and Columbiana counties in July. He traveled from Texas to resolve a warrant for failing to appear in court on speeding and driving without a license charges.
“I couldn’t be happier,” Presjak said. “I needed to clear this warrant to get on my feet. Now I can get a job and get my license.”

Two participants in the July events were wanted on felony charges, including one man sought on six warrants from Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania for theft, criminal damaging, arson, and burglary. Columbiana County authorities said the man was on their list of top 10 most-wanted suspects.

A three-day Fugitive Safe Surrender in Mahoning County in September drew 212 people. Authorities were able to clear 240 warrants, including seven felony warrants. Eight people were taken into custody.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office began overseeing Fugitive Safe Surrender last year after federal funds for the program were cut. More information is available at or by calling 216-787-5994.