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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 12, 2012
By the time warm weather arrives, there could be a new curfew for teens and a loitering ban for everyone in Hancock after the town council voted Wednesday night to tentatively approve two ordinances. The four-member council voted unanimously on first reading to approve the proposed ordinances, which will be the subject of a public hearing during the council's Feb. 8 meeting. The town once had curfew and loitering ordinances on the books, but the previous curfew ordinance had a sunset provision and was allowed to lapse, and the loitering ordinance was rescinded because of constitutional concerns, Mayor Daniel Murphy said.
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September 25, 2003
Three years after the Borough Council of Waynesboro, Pa., passed a youth curfew law, police there are stepping up their efforts to enforce it and deal with adult loiterers at the same time. There are constitutional issues to be dealt with, for sure, but we support the effort. If downtown streets become a hangout for those with nothing else to do, it will only make it more difficult to attract new businesses and residents. The new enforcement effort, which began earlier this month, is called Operation Broom Sweep.
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by ERIN JULIUS | December 6, 2006
Veterans Park OK'd for summer camp SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council approved Veterans Park as the site for a Washington County Parks and Recreation summer camp at its Tuesday night meeting. The camp will be held for seven weeks during the summer of 2007 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park will not be closed to the public during these hours. Police respond to 221 service calls SMITHSBURG - Police Chief Michael S. Potter reported that his department responded to 221 calls for service in November during Tuesday night's Smithsburg Town Council meeting.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | July 7, 2010
BOONSBORO, Md. -- New signs at Shafer Memorial Park will give the Boonsboro Police Department more leverage for enforcing trespassing laws, officials said. Recent loitering by juveniles and suspected related vandalism prompted police to post the signs on all six pavilions at the park, Chief Jeff Hewett said Tuesday at the regular meeting of the mayor and town council. The new signs read: "Shafer Park pavilions are for group use by lease only. Prior leasing arrangements must be made through town hall.
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by TAMELA BAKER | August 8, 2003
tammyb@herald-mail.com Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III took a new approach to the bench a few weeks ago when he decided to get involved in what he called his own "Hagerstown beautification project. " Two benches that had been in front of the Washington County Courthouse on West Washington Street were removed at Wright's request, according to County Administrator Rodney Shoop. One was moved to the Summit Avenue side of the courthouse. The other one disappeared altogether.
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December 16, 2000
Judge sees 'turning point' for Pa. man, gives him 30 days By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man who was charged with a string of criminal offenses over the last year received a 30-day jail sentence plus probation Wednesday. Robert Lee Thomas Jr., 19, of 1821 Guilford Station Road, was sentenced on charges of simple assault, retail theft, consumption of liquor and loitering for incidents dating from Oct. 30, 1999, to April 4. Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker sentenced Thomas to serve from 30 days to 23 months in Franklin County Prison for the assault and gave him two years probation on the other charges.
NEWS
November 26, 1996
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer A West End neighborhood besieged by noise, vandalism and harassment by loitering youths will get more police coverage, police and city officials promised Monday night at a Neighborhood Watch meeting. But it probably won't be the three full-time officers requested in a petition signed by 156 neighborhood residents, said Hagerstown Police Chief Dale Jones and City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman. "We will have some additional coverage for you," Zimmerman said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 15, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg zoning board placed new restrictions on a center on Winchester Avenue that offers services to homeless people after local residents complained about transient people loitering on their property and acting in a threatening manner, beer cans lying around in the neighborhood and people "fornicating" behind houses. Residents said citizens are afraid of some people who congregate in the downtown area and the Winchester Avenue area is "peppered with For Sale signs" as families grow increasingly wary about living in the Winchester Avenue area.
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by RICHARD BELISLE | April 18, 2003
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Borough Councilman John Cook calls 2003 "a year of change for downtown Waynesboro. " Cook, speaking to members of Downtown Waynesboro Inc. at the promotional group's annual meeting Thursday night, said the borough has much to look forward to this summer. Cook's list of projects and programs that will either be started or completed this year includes finishing the $1.2 million renovation of Northside Pool in time for the new season. The Borough Council expects to adopt ordinances controlling loitering and loud noise by this summer, Cook said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 11, 2013
Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said he's recommending Funkstown's Town Council not pursue a loitering ordinance, and seek advice from a state agency about addressing noise complaints in town. Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. withdrew proposed noise and loitering ordinances from the council's July agenda at the request of Mullendore, who had concerns about the ability to enforce both proposed laws. The sheriff's office is the enforcement agency for the town. The mayor and town council will discuss the town's proposed noise and loitering ordinances at its at 7 p.m. meeting Monday, Aug. 12, at Town Hall, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 8, 2013
Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. withdrew proposed noise and loitering ordinances from the town council's agenda Monday night at the request of the Washington County sheriff, who wants prosecutors to review the proposals to see if they are enforceable. “They can't just create ordinances without running it by us to see whether it's even enforceable or not,” Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said in a telephone interview after the Funkstown Town Council meeting. “They can pass ordinances all day long, but if they're not enforceable, they're just a waste of paper,” he said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2012
The Hancock Town Council voted Wednesday night to approve a curfew for teens and a loitering ordinance, both of which will go into effect in a matter of weeks. Councilmen Tim Smith, Nigel Dardar and Dennis Hudson voted for the curfew ordinance with Councilman Sinclair Hamilton voting against it, Town Manager David Smith said after the meeting. The council voted unanimously to approve the loitering ordinance, he said. The curfew ordinance will require people under the age of 18 to be in their homes between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on school nights and from midnight to 5 a.m. on weekends, Mayor Daniel Murphy said at the beginning of a public hearing on the proposed ordinances.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | July 7, 2010
BOONSBORO, Md. -- New signs at Shafer Memorial Park will give the Boonsboro Police Department more leverage for enforcing trespassing laws, officials said. Recent loitering by juveniles and suspected related vandalism prompted police to post the signs on all six pavilions at the park, Chief Jeff Hewett said Tuesday at the regular meeting of the mayor and town council. The new signs read: "Shafer Park pavilions are for group use by lease only. Prior leasing arrangements must be made through town hall.
NEWS
by ERIN JULIUS | December 6, 2006
Veterans Park OK'd for summer camp SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council approved Veterans Park as the site for a Washington County Parks and Recreation summer camp at its Tuesday night meeting. The camp will be held for seven weeks during the summer of 2007 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park will not be closed to the public during these hours. Police respond to 221 service calls SMITHSBURG - Police Chief Michael S. Potter reported that his department responded to 221 calls for service in November during Tuesday night's Smithsburg Town Council meeting.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | November 15, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg zoning board placed new restrictions on a center on Winchester Avenue that offers services to homeless people after local residents complained about transient people loitering on their property and acting in a threatening manner, beer cans lying around in the neighborhood and people "fornicating" behind houses. Residents said citizens are afraid of some people who congregate in the downtown area and the Winchester Avenue area is "peppered with For Sale signs" as families grow increasingly wary about living in the Winchester Avenue area.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | January 12, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Members of Main Street Waynesboro Inc., the local nonprofit group working to revitalize the downtown area, want some local laws revamped as part of the group's effort to make the borough a more attractive place to work and live, Jim Fisher, the organization's secretary, said Tuesday. James M. Stein, a local attorney and member of the downtown group, drafted a new antiloitering law that he said would pass constitutional muster.
NEWS
September 25, 2003
Three years after the Borough Council of Waynesboro, Pa., passed a youth curfew law, police there are stepping up their efforts to enforce it and deal with adult loiterers at the same time. There are constitutional issues to be dealt with, for sure, but we support the effort. If downtown streets become a hangout for those with nothing else to do, it will only make it more difficult to attract new businesses and residents. The new enforcement effort, which began earlier this month, is called Operation Broom Sweep.
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