[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Verona as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Disorderly Houses
Article II Loitering
[Adopted 6-9-1987 by Ord. No. 4-1987; amended in its entirety 9-16-1999 by Ord. No. 8-1999 (Ch. VI, Part 6, of the 1976 Code of Ordinances)]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DISORDERLY HOUSE
- Any structure or vehicle by which the peace, comfort, health, welfare or decency of the public is disturbed by reason of the people therein committing or resorting to any of the following acts:
- A. The sale, distribution, possession or use of any controlled dangerous substance, the sale, distribution, possession or use of which is declared unlawful by state statute.
- B. The violation of any ordinance or state statute regulating the sale, distribution, possession or use of alcoholic beverages including beer.
- C. The performance of any sexual act declared unlawful by ordinance or state statute, including but not limited to soliciting for purposes of prostitution.
- D. The violation of any ordinance or state statute prohibiting gambling.
- E. Where loud or unreasonable noises are made which disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
- F. Any act which is injurious to the public morals, health, convenience, safety or general order of the community.
No person shall keep, maintain, aid, abet or assist in keeping and maintaining a disorderly house.
No owner, lessee, lessor or other person, partnership or corporation having control over any house, building, structure, tent, vehicle, mobile home or recreational vehicle shall knowingly use, lease, sublease or otherwise permit the use of same for the purpose of keeping therein any disorderly house and, knowing or ascertaining that such house, building, structure, tent, vehicle, mobile home or recreational vehicle is so occupied as a disorderly house, continue to grant permission to so use such premises as a disorderly house.
The occurrence of any act in any house, building, structure, tent, vehicle, mobile home or recreational vehicle which results in the conviction or entering of a guilty plea of any person for a violation of this subsection shall, after the lapse of 30 days from such conviction or entering of a guilty plea, constitutes notice to all owners, lessors and other persons having control thereof that such premises are being occupied as a disorderly house. However, no such notice as contemplated by this subsection shall be effective unless written notice of such conviction or entering of a guilty plea shall have been delivered in person to such owner, lessee or other person having control over such premises by a duly authorized officer of the Police Department.
Any person required to discontinue any lease or permitted use of property by Subsections A and/or B herein shall not accept any rents, fees, profits or consideration of any type from the lessees or other persons or corporations occupying or in control or possession of the premises at the time the disorderly house requiring such discontinuance of lease or permitted use occurred. Each day for which such rent, fee, profit or consideration is accepted shall constitute a separate offense.
No person shall knowingly reside in, enter into, visit or remain in a disorderly house.
Any person convicted of or who pleads guilty to violating any of the provisions of this article shall pay a fine of $50 plus court costs. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation of this article occurs or continues.
[Adopted 9-16-1999 by Ord. No. 7-1999 (Ch. VI, Part 3, of the 1976 Code of Ordinances)]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning appears from the context.
- Remaining idle essentially in one location, lingering, spending time idly, loafing or walking about aimlessly in one vicinity or neighborhood without any clear lawful purpose or intention other than remaining idle, lingering or loafing as aforesaid.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any place to which the public has access, including any public street or public sidewalk, the front of and the area immediately adjacent to any school, parking lot, store, restaurant, tavern or other place of business.
No person shall loiter in a public place in such manner as to:
Create or cause to be created a danger of a breach of the peace.
Create or cause to be created any annoyance to any person or persons.
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in any public place as defined in § 165-6 of this article. This shall include the making of unsolicited remarks of an offensive, disgusting or insulting nature or which are calculated to annoy or disturb the person to or in whose hearing they are made.
Whenever the presence of any person in any public place is causing or is likely to cause any of the conditions enumerated in § 165-7 of this article, any police officer may order that person to leave that place. Any person who shall refuse to leave after being ordered to do so by a police officer shall be in violation of this article.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof or entering of a guilty plea, be sentenced to pay a fine of $50 plus costs of prosecution.