Township of Oxford, NJ
Warren County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Oxford 11-4-1968 (Ch. 73 of the 1974 Township Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Adult establishments – See Ch. 95.
Alarm systems – See Ch. 107.
Alcoholic beverages – See Ch. 112.
Animals – See Ch. 118.
Curfew – See Ch. 157.
Drug-free zones – See Ch. 170.
Loitering – See Ch. 208.
Nuisances – See Ch. 219.

§ 240-1 Unlawful acts enumerated.

A. 
No person shall, within the limits of the Township of Oxford:
(1) 
[1]Loiter on any sidewalk, street, road, avenue or other public place or in or about any public building, schoolhouse, store or place of amusement or in or upon any private property not his own.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(1), regarding intoxication and drunkenness, was repealed 1-7-2009 by Ord. No. 2008-19. Said ordinances also redesignated former Subsection A(2) through (28) as Subsection A(1) through (27), respectively.
(2) 
Utter loud and offensive, profane or indecent language in any public street, other public place, public conveyance or place to which the public is invited.
(3) 
Address or make audible and offensive remarks to or concerning any person in any place, public or private.
(4) 
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in or upon any place, public or private.
(5) 
Repeatedly telephone another for the purpose of annoying or molesting such person or telephone another and address any lewd, lascivious, indecent or disgusting remarks to such person. Any offense committed under this subsection may be deemed to have taken place at either the place at which the telephone call was made or at the place at which the telephone call was received.
(6) 
Collect in crowds for idle or unlawful purposes in any of the streets, alleys or highways or other public places in the Township to the annoyance or disturbance of citizens or travelers.
(7) 
Operate any television, radio, phonograph, jukebox or other sound-producing instrument, device or apparatus at such loud volume or at such unreasonable hours as to annoy or disturb the comfort, rest or repose of any person or persons.
(8) 
Commit or attempt to commit an assault or an assault and battery or be engaged in a fight or aid, assist or abet any person about to commit or attempt to commit an assault or an assault and battery or a fight.
(9) 
Sound his automobile horn other than as a warning signal necessary and essential in driving said vehicle or operate any motor vehicle so as to cause unnecessary noise with the tires, specifically including the practice of what is known as "laying a patch."
(10) 
Permit, make or continue or cause to be permitted, made or continued any unnecessary noise which shall disturb the comfort, rest and repose of any person or persons being in his, her or their place of abode.
(11) 
Throw, discard or deposit any tin cans, bottles, garbage or refuse of any kind whatsoever into the waters of any pool, stream or river or upon the public street or public place or discharge any sewage or waste into said waters or places or pollute said waters in any manner.
(12) 
Throw, discard, deposit or sweep any paper or posters, stones, sticks, glass, metal or any hard, dangerous or offensive substance upon any sidewalk, street, highway or public place or at any car, vehicle, house, building, fence or person or dump any trash or garbage upon private property not his own.
(13) 
Sell, offer to sell, exhibit or have in his possession any indecent picture, book or thing or exhibit or perform any indecent, immoral or lewd play or other representation.
(14) 
Keep, maintain or be present in a disorderly house or a house of ill fame or allow or permit any house, shop, store or other building or structure owned or occupied by him or her to be used as a disorderly house or house of ill fame.
(15) 
Solicit, invite or in any manner suggest by word of mouth or any written or other communication or by any device whatsoever any lewd, lascivious or other immoral act.
(16) 
Permit any house, shop, store or other building or structure owned or occupied by him or her to be frequented or resorted to by noisy, riotous or disorderly persons or by prostitutes, gamblers or vagrants.
(17) 
Maliciously destroy, damage or injure any property, public or private.
(18) 
Carry without lawful authority any instrument of the kind known as blackjack, sling shot, blow gun or similar device, billy, sand club, sand bag, bludgeon, metal knuckles, dagger, dirk, dangerous knife, stiletto, bomb or other high explosive concealed in or about his or her clothes or person or in any portable vehicle, automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle.
(19) 
Possess, keep, sell, distribute or discharge any firecrackers, Roman candles, skyrockets or any matter of an explosive nature commonly used in a fireworks display, unless permitted by law.
(20) 
Have upon his or her person or in his or her possession any pick lock, key, crowbar, jack, bit or other implement with any intent to break and enter into any building.
(21) 
Enter any building or any public or private lands and break, injure or deface such building or any part thereof or the fences, outhouses or other property belonging to or connected with such building.
(22) 
Hinder or obstruct any Township officer in the performance of his duties or threaten to do bodily harm or injury to such officer or willfully refuse or neglect to assist any Township officer when lawfully called upon by him to do so in the execution of any process or in the suppression of any breach of the peace or disorderly conduct or in case of escape or when such officer is resisted in the discharge of his duty or resist or oppose any officer in serving or attempting to serve any writ, bill, order or process or when making any arrest.
(23) 
Intentionally, willfully or maliciously destroy or injure any of the wires, posts, machines, bells, sirens, boxes or other apparatus of any fire alarm system or intentionally, willfully or maliciously interfere with the same or any part thereof or hinder or impede any of the operations intended to be accomplished thereby or intentionally cause or assist in causing a false alarm of fire or emergency to be given in any manner.
(24) 
Interfere with or hinder any member of any fire company or first-aid squad while engaged in the performance of his duties or on practice duty; nor shall any person disobey any order of any fireman while on active duty at any fire within the limits of the Township nor of any member of the first-aid squad while on active duty; nor shall any person ride over or otherwise damage any fire hose, open any fire hydrant without written permission of the Chief of the Fire Company (except qualified firemen and except Township employees in the performance of their duties) or otherwise interfere with, damage or destroy any property or equipment of any fire company within the limits of the Township.
(25) 
Enter any building or go upon the lands of any public school and break, injure or deface such building or any part thereof, including the fences, outbuildings or other property belonging to or connected with such building or lands; and no person shall disturb the exercises of any public or private school or give annoyance to the children attending such school or annoy any teacher therein.
(26) 
Use a loudspeaker or sound wagon or amplifier on the public streets or public places within the corporate limits of the Township without first making written application to the Township Clerk for a permit and securing such permit.
[Amended 12-11-1974]
(27) 
Discharge a firearm, except for duly licensed hunting, target practice on an approved range and by police in the performance on their duties.
[Added 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
B. 
All other riotous conduct, indecent conduct, breach of the peace and any vagrancy, not hereinabove specifically mentioned, are hereby prohibited.

§ 240-2 Definitions.

A. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PERSON
Includes corporation, partnership, association and individual and shall include the plural.
B. 
The masculine pronoun shall include the feminine and neuter.

§ 240-3 Payment of fines.

All fines imposed and collected under and by virtue of this chapter shall be paid into the treasury of the Township.

§ 240-4 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-11-1974]
Any person who shall violate any of the terms or provisions of this chapter or who shall do or commit any act or thing prohibited in this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof before the Judge, be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days or shall forfeit and pay a fine not exceeding $500, or both.

§ 240-5 Authority and duty of Police Department.

Any members of the Police Department and all special police officers shall have authority to arrest any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter within his presence or sight without first obtaining a warrant for said arrest and to bring said violator forthwith before the Judge. In all cases where said violations are not committed in the presence or sight of said police officer or officers, the person witnessing said violation shall first make a sworn complaint before the judicial officer aforementioned, who shall thereupon issue a warrant for the arrest and apprehension of the person charged with offense. Police officers may sign complaints on information and belief, provided they set forth the source of their information and the basis of their belief, when, for any reason, the person witnessing the violation refuses to or does not sign a complaint.