Township of Riverside, NJ
Burlington County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Riverside 7-26-1967 by Ord. No. 1967-13 as Section 10:4 of the 1967 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Alarm systems — See Ch. 104.

Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 106.

Amusement devices — See Ch. 108.

Animals — See Ch. 111.

Bingo and raffles — See Ch. 117.

Curfew — See Ch. 134.

Public entertainment — See Ch. 141.

Loitering — See Ch. 178.

Noise — See Ch. 188.

Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 201.

Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 242.

§ 199-1
Begging. 

§ 199-2
Fortune-telling. 

§ 199-3
Vagrancy, drunkenness and prostitution. 

§ 199-4
Solicitation. 

§ 199-5
Presence at certain events for unlawful purposes. 

§ 199-6
Public drunkenness. 

§ 199-7
Loitering. 

§ 199-8
Malicious property destruction; graffiti. 

§ 199-9
Abandoned vehicles. 

§ 199-10
Disruption of library patrons. 

§ 199-11
Conduct at schools. 

§ 199-12
False fire alarms. 

§ 199-13
Obtaining food or shelter by fraudulent means. 

§ 199-14
Number games. 

§ 199-15
Gambling. 

§ 199-16
Possession of gambling devices. 

§ 199-17
Pool selling and bookmaking. 

§ 199-18
Lewdness. 

§ 199-19
Fighting; use of abusive language. 

§ 199-20
Sleeping on public streets. 

§ 199-21
Violations and penalties. 

§ 199-1 Begging.

All persons who shall go about from door to door or place themselves in streets, highways or passages to beg or solicit alms or charity; all persons who shall wander abroad and beg or solicit charity under pretense of being or having been soldiers, marines or seafaring men, or of loss by fire or other casualty, or by war or other pretense or thing; all persons who shall wander abroad and lodge in taverns, inns, beer houses, houses of entertainment, market houses, barns or other places, or in the open air, and not give a good account of themselves; shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-2 Fortune-telling.

Any person or persons who shall use or pretend to use or have any skill in physiognomy, palmistry or like crafty science or who shall pretend to tell destinies or fortunes shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-3 Vagrancy, drunkenness and prostitution.

All vagrants, vagabonds, common drunkards, common thieves, burglars or pickpockets, common nightwalkers and common prostitutes shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-4 Solicitation.

[Amended 12-30-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-20]

Any person who shall by word, act, sign or any device invite or solicit unlawful sexual intercourse or any other unlawful, indecent, lewd or lascivious acts or urinate on public or private property shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-5 Presence at certain events for unlawful purposes.

Any person who shall be arrested at any railroad depot, church, banking institution, broker's office, place of public amusement, auction room, store or crowded thoroughfare or other place of public resort or assemblage for business, worship, amusement or other lawful purpose in said township and who shall be proved, to the satisfaction of the Municipal Judge before whom he shall be brought, to be a common thief, burglar or pickpocket and to have been frequenting or attending such place for an unlawful purpose shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-6 Public drunkenness.

Any person who, being under the influence of intoxicating liquors, shall loiter or assemble on the streets, at the street corners or in or upon the public places of said Township of Riverside and any person who shall, on such streets, at such street corners or in such public places or any railroad train or other public conveyance within said Township of Riverside, indulge in and utter loud and offensive or indecent language or who shall address or make audible any offensive remarks or comments upon any person passing along such streets or public places or in any such railroad train or other public conveyance or who shall obstruct or interfere with any person lawfully being in and upon such streets or public places or such train or other public conveyance shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-7 Loitering.

Any person who, being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, shall loiter in any public or quasi-public place or in or upon any private property not his own within said township or who, not being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, shall there indulge in and utter loud and offensive or indecent language shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-8 Malicious property destruction; graffiti.

A. 

Any person who shall maliciously destroy, damage or injure property shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

B. 

Graffiti.

[Added 8-26-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-10]

(1) 

Prohibited acts.

(a) 

No person shall purposely or knowingly vandalize, deface or otherwise damage the real or personal property of another by painting, writing, drawing or otherwise inscribing, in any fashion, graffiti. Graffiti shall include any form of painting, writing, drawing or inscription, regardless of content, which is placed on real or personal property without the express or implied permission of the owner of said property or public entity.

(b) 

An owner of real or personal property is any person, business entity or public entity having possession, control or title to said property.

(c) 

For purposes of Subsection B(4) herein, the act of placing graffiti shall constitute the willful, malicious or unlawful injury or destruction to real or personal property.

(2) 

Prosecution of persons under 18. If, at the time of offense charged, any person shall be under the age of 18 years, the Juvenile Domestic Relations Court shall have exclusive jurisdiction of the trial of such infant or infants, and such infant or infants shall be surrendered to the Juvenile Domestic Relations Court, and the case, including all papers and process thereto, shall be transferred to the said Court as provided in N.J.S.A. 2C4-11.

(3) 

Violation and penalties; restoration. Any person who violates the provisions of this subsection shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to imprisonment not to exceed 90 days or to a fine not to exceed $2,000. As a condition of sentencing, the Municipal Court shall have the authority to order that the offender be responsible for cleaning, repairing, painting or otherwise restoring the damaged property to the condition it was in prior to being damaged, provided that a determination is made that any restoration efforts made by the offender shall not subject the offended to unreasonable risk of death or serious physical injury or otherwise be in violation of the law. In the event that the offender makes full monetary restitution to restore the property to its original undamaged condition, the Municipal Court shall have the full discretion to set the terms of the restitution.

(4) 

Parents responsibility for damage. Any parent, guardian or other person having legal custody over an infant under 18 years of age who fails or neglects to exercise supervision and control over such infant, shall be presumptively liable for any destruction caused by such infant under Subsection B(1) above to the Township of Riverside, or any public authority under the Township of Riverside, provided that said township or other public authority is the owner of the property subjected to said destruction or damage. Said parent may be held liable for the current cost of replacement or repair, and it shall be no defense that the cost of replacement or repair is greater than the original value of the damaged property or the original cost of installation.

§ 199-9 Abandoned vehicles.

Any person, firm or corporation that shall dump on or tow to open fields or other private property, without first obtaining the permission of the owner of such property, any abandoned automobile, automobile parts or other junk shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-10 Disruption of library patrons.

Any person who shall, by noisy or disorderly conduct in a public library or reading room, disturb or interrupt the quiet and good order of those who resort to and use such library or reading room for reading or study shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-11 Conduct at schools.

Any person who shall enter the building or go upon the lands belonging to a public school district or used and occupied for school purposes by a public school and who shall break, injure or deface such building or any part thereof or the fences belonging to or connected with such building or lands or who shall disturb the exercises of the school or molest or give annoyance to the children attending such school or any teacher therein shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-12 False fire alarms.

Any person who shall willfully and maliciously ring or cause to be rung any bell or alarm of any fire company in said township and thereby give or cause to be given a false alarm of fire shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-13 Obtaining food or shelter by fraudulent means.

Any person who shall obtain food, lodging or other accommodation or service at a hotel, inn, boarding or eating place, culinary establishment or hospital with intent to defraud the owner or keeper thereof shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-14 Number games.

Any person who shall have in his possession or custody any lottery slips, books or records pertaining to a lottery or any person who shall have in his possession or have in automobiles in his custody any ticket or tickets, slip or slips, paper, document or memorandum in any way pertaining to the business of a number game shall be adjudged guilty of a violation of this chapter. "Number games," as used in this section, is defined as any betting on any number or numbers or set or arrangements of numbers on or according to any plan or method whatsoever.

§ 199-15 Gambling.

All playing for money or other valuable thing at cards, dice or other games, with one or more dice, or with any slot machine or device in the nature of a slot machine or with any other instrument, apparatus or device having one or more figure or figures, number or numbers thereof shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-16 Possession of gambling devices.

Any person who shall have or keep in his place of business or other premises any slot machine or device in the nature of a slot machine, which may be used for the playing of money or other valuable thing, shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-17 Pool selling and bookmaking.

Any person who shall buy or sell what is commonly known as a "pool" or any interest or share in any such pool, or who shall make or take what is commonly known as a "pool" upon the running, pacing or trotting, either within or without the state, of any horse, mare or gelding, or who shall conduct the practices commonly known as "bookmaking" or "pool selling," or who shall keep a place to which persons may resort for engaging in any such practices or for the betting upon the event of any horse race or other race or contest, either within or without this state, or any person who shall aid, abet or assist in any such acts shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-18 Lewdness.

[Added 11-30-1998 by Ord. No. 1998-13]

Any person or persons who commit any immoral or lewd act on any of the streets or other public places in Riverside Township shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-19 Fighting; use of abusive language.

[Added 11-30-1998 by Ord. No. 1998-13]

Any person or persons who riot, engage in fighting or threatening or violent or tumultuous behavior, create a hazardous or physically dangerous condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor or address in unreasonably loud and offensively coarse or abusive language in any public place or place to which the public is invited, with the purpose to offend the sensibilities of a hearer or in a reckless disregard of the probability of offending the sensibilities of a hearer, shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-20 Sleeping on public streets.

[Added 11-30-1998 by Ord. No. 1998-13]

Any person or persons who sleep upon any of the streets or highways or other public places in Riverside Township or in any motor vehicle or other type of vehicle upon any such place shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 199-21 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 9-25-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-10]

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.