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Outstanding Warrants From 1987 Snag St. Stephen Woman In Calais - Nov. 05, 2012

CALAIS, Maine --(WQDY NEWS) - Over a four-day period, Calais police made a number of arrests on various and sundry charges.

Not all of them were arrests.

A 20-year-old Calais man received two summonses -- one for criminal trespass and one for posession of liquor by a minor. In another case, a 26-year-old Calais man was summoned for possession of a usable amount of marijuana -- in addition to his arrest for disorderly conduct.

Six people were arrested on outstanding warrants.

One was for unpaid restitution and the others were for failure to appear.

But in the case of a 50-year-old St. Stephen woman, she had two outstanding warrants --- dating back to 1987.

She was rung up at 5 p.m. Sunday while trying to cross the border into Calais -- the warrants appeared and then Calais police appeared.

Officer Bill White says a lot of people don't understand the statute of limitations.

"There is no statute of limitations once a warrant is issued. The warrant will stay in the system until you are arrested," White said.

This person may possibly have returned to Calais over the years -- but was not picked up.

"Since 1987," White said.

"However, to clarify, because people always ask what the statute of limitations is -- there is none on a warrant," White said.

Some people may want to take chances -- either they forget there's been a warrant issued in their name or they may think the law forgot about them.

"Twenty years later, the warrant will still be sitting there," White said.

In this case, it's twenty-five years later.