Borough of Middletown, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Middletown 4-11-1938.
Editor's Note: This ordinance appeared in Ch. V of the 1953 Code of Ordinances.
Sections 198-1, 198-2 and 198-5A amended and §§ 198-3, 198-4 and 198-6 added at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Adult bookstores — See Ch. 93.

False alarms — See Ch. 96.

Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 98.

Curfew — See Ch. 132.

Drug paraphernalia — See Ch. 138.

Firearms — See Ch. 151.

Loitering — See Ch. 179.

Noise — See Ch. 185.

Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 196.

§ 198-1
Damaging or defacing borough property prohibited. 

§ 198-2
Disorderly conduct prohibited. 

§ 198-3
Tampering with or injuring street lamps prohibited. 

§ 198-4
Jumping onto or off moving trains. 

§ 198-5
Ball playing or throwing missiles. 

§ 198-6
Violations and penalties. 

§ 198-1 Damaging or defacing borough property prohibited.

[Amended 2-9-1953 by Ord. No. 307, approved 2-9-1953; 5-12-1975 by Ord. No. 666, approved 5-12-1975
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
]
A. 

No person shall hereafter willfully damage or deface borough property of any kind whatever. Any person who shall deface or damage any borough property whatsoever shall, in addition to any penalty imposed for the crime or offense involved in such violation, be liable to reimburse the borough for the damage done or for removal of the defacement done, as the case may be.

B. 

Any police officer of the Borough of Middletown shall be and is hereby authorized to arrest, on view and without warrant, any person violating Subsection A above.

§ 198-2 Disorderly conduct prohibited.

[Added 11-10-1975 by Ord. No. 672, approved 11-10-1975
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
]
A. 

A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if, with the intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm or recklessly creating a risk thereof, such person:

(1) 

Engages in fighting or threatening or in violent or tumultuous behavior.

(2) 

Makes unreasonable noise or offensively coarse utterance, gesture or display or addresses abusive language to any person present.

(3) 

Creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.

(4) 

Appears in any public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or other drugs not therapeutically administered to the degree that he may endanger himself or other persons or property or annoy persons in his or her vicinity.

(5) 

Having no legal privilege to do so, intentionally or recklessly obstructs any highway or other public passage, whether alone or with others. No person shall be guilty of violating this Subsection A(5) solely because of a gathering of persons to hear him speak or otherwise communicate or solely because of being a member of such gathering.

(6) 

Refuses to obey a reasonable official request or order to move:

(a) 

To prevent obstruction of a public passage; or

(b) 

To maintain public safety by dispersing those gathered in dangerous proximity to a fire or other hazard.

(7) 

Refuses or knowingly fails to obey an order to disperse where three (3) or more persons are participating in a course of disorderly conduct likely to cause substantial harm or serious public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm and a policeman or other public servant engaged in executing or enforcing the law orders the participants and others in the immediate vicinity to disperse.

B. 

In relation to disorderly conduct, the word "public" means affecting or likely to affect persons in a place to which the public or a substantial group has access. Among the places included are streets, transport facilities, schools, apartment houses, places of business or amusement, shopping centers and plazas, the Village of Pineford, any neighborhood or any premises open to a substantial group or the public.

C. 

Any person violating any provision of this section may be arrested, on view and without a warrant, by any police officer of the borough.

§ 198-3 Tampering with or injuring street lamps prohibited.

[Added 4-6-1987 by Ord. No. 943, approved 4-6-1987]

No person or persons shall injure or tamper in any way with any of the street lamps in any manner or form whatsoever.

§ 198-4 Jumping onto or off moving trains.

[Added 4-6-1987 by Ord. No. 943, approved 4-6-1987]

No person shall jump or climb onto or off any moving railroad train or car within the limits of the Borough of Middletown.

§ 198-5 Ball playing or throwing missiles.

A. 

The playing of ball and the wanton throwing of missiles of any kind, including but not limited to balls, snowballs, stones and bricks, upon or onto any of the streets, alleys or sidewalks of the borough is hereby prohibited.

[Added 2-9-1953 by Ord. No. 313, approved 2-9-1953; amended 4-6-1987 by Ord. No. 943, approved 4-6-1987]

B. 

This prohibition shall apply to any parking areas or landscaped areas maintained by the borough, including, for example, the Fish Commission site, the Park and Ride Lot and the Elm Court landscaped area. Where parks are involved, said prohibition against ball playing shall be subordinated to park rules promulgated by or pursuant to Chapter 195, Parks and Recreation Areas, or the equivalent thereof, when, where and to the extent that ball playing is thereby permitted.

[Added 5-9-1983 by Ord. No. 850, approved 5-9-1983]

§ 198-6 Violations and penalties.

[Added 4-6-1987 by Ord. No. 943, approved 4-6-1987; amended 7-11-1988 by Ord. No. 972, approved 7-11-1988]

Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.), plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding thirty (30) days.