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Warrants going out for ‘fun’ offenses

A group of Marines posts bail for Michelle Duran at the Agape Villages Jail-and-Bail at Bank of Stockton. Pictured, from left, are Cpl. Sean Powers, Sgt. Matt Keyser, Duran (wife of SSG Jimmie Dura...


POSTED October 9, 2009 2:28 a.m.
The shackles and chains around Michelle Duran’s hands as she stood in the Bank of Stockton lobby made it clear that she wasn’t going anywhere.
But thanks to the goodwill of a handful of Marines decked out in their dress blues they bailed Duran out of a makeshift pokey. The good fun was to benefit the Agape Villages foster youth services that is staging a Jail-and-Bail on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Duran – the wife of Marine Staff Sergeant Jimmie Duran – was drawing attention to the upcoming event with everything from the bars to the black-and-white stripes that she pulled over her head.

“I think it’s important to support the families and the children that are searching for homes that will take care of them,” Duran said while removing her pseudo-shackles. “I got involved because I wanted to try and help Agape foster families raise money because there are a lot of kids out there looking for a home, and those who participate in this will get a chance to give back to the community and possibly make a difference in the life of a child.”

For more than 50 years the non-profit organization has been finding loving homes for children in need.  The current economic climate is making it more important than ever for private donations to help continue the program. Agape Villages continues to have a steady stream of children that need a caring and loving home for them to succeed.

And when it comes to the Jail-and Bail there isn’t anybody that’s free from the silver bracelets.

As part of the fundraiser the organization has been circulating “warrants” that include violations such as the theft of office pens, censoring phone calls, looking too young and making others look bad, failure to purchase lunch for your staff, trafficking caffeine, gold fraud, excessive shopping, and forwarding e-mails.

The tongue-in-cheek nature is meant to make the event fun for those who participate in the second annual local event.

“If we don’t get the foster parents that we need for these children, then we’re not succeeding in what it is that we’re trying to do as an organization,” said Outreach Coordinator Joann Beattie. “We’re trying to get the best parents possible, and events like this help us raise the money to keep that mission alive.

“It’s something that’s fun for those who participate, but it’s something that’s serious at the same time – and it really helps raise awareness.”

To find out about how to turn somebody in or to get more information about the event, visit Agape Villages on the web at, or call Beattie at 992-8346.
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