Town of Elkton, VA
Rockingham County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Elkton 6-19-1980 as Secs. 9-3-81 through 9-3-101 of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Minors — See Ch. 114.
Noise — See Ch. 118.
Nuisances — See Ch. 120.

§ 125-1 Obstructing Town officers or employees.

No person shall hinder, obstruct, resist, abuse or interfere with any officer or employee of the Town in the discharge of his or her duty or any contractor or other person in the execution of work for the town.

§ 125-2 Interfering with fire fighters.

No person shall interfere with any fire fighter in the discharge of duty.

§ 125-3 Sleeping in automobiles.

It shall be unlawful for any person to use an automobile for sleeping quarters in lieu of hotel, tourist cabin, boardinghouse, rooming house or other similar accommodations, within the town.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 9-3-4, Businesses not to be open to public during specified hours, was repealed 2-20-1995.

§ 125-4 Liability of corporations and agents for violations.

A. 
Any violation of this chapter or other ordinance of the Town by any officer, agent or other person acting for or employed by any corporation or unincorporated association or organization, while acting within the scope of his or her office or employment, shall in every case also be deemed to be a violation of such corporation, association or organization.
B. 
Any officer, agent or other person acting for o remployed by any corporation or unincorporated association or organization shall be subject and liable to punishment as well as such corporation or unincorporated association or organization for the violation by it of any provision of this chapter or other ordinance of the town, where such violation was the act or omission or the result of the act, omission or order of any such person.

§ 125-5 Parking bicycles on sidewalks.

It shall be unlawful for any person to park a bicycle on a sidewalk in front of any building having glass windows extending to within two feet of the sidewalk.

§ 125-6 Operating bicycle on sidewalk. [1]

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a bicycle upon any sidewalk or pedestrian walkway in the town.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 158, Vehicles and Traffic, Art. IV, Other Regulations.

§ 125-7 Abusive language.

[Amended 12-18-2000]
No person shall, in the presence or hearing of another, curse or abuse such other person, or use any violent abusive language to such person concerning himself or herself or any of his or her relations, or otherwise use such language, under circumstances reasonably calculated to provoke a breach of the peace.

§ 125-8 False alarms.

No person shall, without just cause therefor, call or summon, by telephone or otherwise, any ambulance, or fire-fighting apparatus.

§ 125-9 Assault and battery.

No person shall commit an unjustifiable assault or unjustifiable assault and battery upon another, which assault or assault and battery does not amount to a felony under the laws of the state.

§ 125-10 Unlawful operation of coin-operated devices.

No person shall operate, cause to be operated or attempt to operate or cause to be operated any coin box telephone, parking meter, vending machine or other machine that operates on the coin-in-the-slot principle, whether of like kind or not, designed only to receive lawful coin of the United States of America, in connection with the use or enjoyment of telephone or telegraph service, parking privileges or any other service, or the sale of merchandise or other property, by means of a slug, or any false, counterfeit, mutilated, sweated or foreign coin, or by any means, methods, trick or device whatsoever, not authorized by the owner, lessee or licensee of such coin box telephone, parking meter, vending machine or other machine; or shall obtain or receive telephone or telegraph service, parking privileges, merchandise, or any other service or property from any such coin box telephone, parking meter, vending machine or other machines, designed only to receive lawful coin of the United States of America, without depositing in or surrendering to such coin box telephone, parking meter, vending machine or other machine lawful coin of the United States of America the amount required therefor by the owner, lessee or licensee of such coin box telephone, parking meter, vending machine or other machine.

§ 125-11 Disturbance of religious worship.

It shall be unlawful for any person willfully to interrupt or disturb any assembly met for worship of God or, being intoxicated, to disturb the same, whether willfully or not.

§ 125-12 Discarded or abandoned refrigerators. [1]

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to discard, abandon, leave or allow to remain in any place any icebox, refrigerator or other container, device or equipment of any kind with an interior storage area of more than two cubic feet of clear space which is airtight, without first removing the door or doors or hinges from such icebox, refrigerator, container, device or equipment.
B. 
This section shall not apply to any icebox, refrigerator, container, device or equipment which is being used for the purpose for which it was originally designed, or is being used for display purposes by any retail or wholesale merchant, or is crated, strapped or locked to such an extent that it is impossible for a child to obtain access to any airtight compartment thereof.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former § 9-3-89, Interfering with females, was repealed 2-20-1995.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 120, Nuisances, § 120-4B.

§ 125-13 Indecent exposure.

No person shall intentionally make an obscene display or exposure of his or her person, or the private parts thereof, in any public place, or in any place where others are present, or procure another to so expose himself or herself.

§ 125-14 Obstructing justice by threats or force.

No person, by threats or force, shall attempt to intimidate or impede a judge, justice, juror, witness, or an officer of a court, or any sergeant or other peace officer, or any revenue officer, in the discharge of duty, or shall obstruct or impede the administration of justice in any court.

§ 125-15 Larceny.

[Amended 12-18-2000]
No person shall:
A. 
Commit larceny from the person of another of money or other thing of value of less than $5; or
B. 
Commit simple larceny not from the person of another of goods and chattels of the value of less than $200.

§ 125-16 False report of commission of crime.

It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to give a false report as to the commission of any crime to any police officer or other law enforcement official of the town, with intent to mislead.

§ 125-17 Impersonation of law enforcement officers.

No person shall falsely assume or exercise the functions, powers, duties and privileges incident to the office of sheriff, police officer, marshal, chief of police, or other police officer or peace officer, or shall falsely assume or pretend to be any such officer.

§ 125-18 Property damage; injuries to public buildings.

No person willfully and maliciously shall break any window or door of any house of public worship, schoolhouse, the Town hall or other public building or library, or willfully and maliciously injure or deface any statuary in any public building or on any public grounds; or willfully and maliciously injure or deface any house of public worship or the Town hall or any other public building; or willfully and maliciously destroy or carry away any furniture belonging to, or in any of the aforesaid buildings; or willfully and unlawfully injure or deface any book, newspaper, pamphlet, map, picture, manuscript, or other property belonging to any library or reading room, museum, or other educational institution, or lawfully removes the same therefrom.

§ 125-19 Riotous or disorderly conduct in public conveyances.

[Amended 12-18-2000]
No person, whether a passenger or not, shall, while in any public conveyance behave in a riotous or disorderly manner. The agent or employees in charge of such public conveyance may require such person to discontinue the riotous or disorderly conduct, and if such person refuses to do so may eject him or her, with the aid, if necessary, of any other persons who may be called upon for the purpose.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Section 9-3-98, Sunday observance; poolrooms, etc., which immediately followed this section, was repealed 12-18-2000.

§ 125-20 Riotous or disorderly conduct in public streets and buildings and public conveyances.

[Amended 12-18-2000]
No person shall behave in a riotous or disorderly manner in any street, public building or any other public place other than those mentioned in § 125-19, or cause any unnecessary disturbance in any public conveyance, by running through it, climbing through windows or upon the seats, or otherwise annoying passengers or employees therein.

§ 125-21 Injuring or destroying vehicles.

A. 
No person shall individually or in association with one or more others willfully break, injure, tamper with or remove any part of any vehicle for the purpose of injuring, defacing or destroying such vehicle, or temporarily or permanently preventing its useful operation, or for any purpose against the will or without the consent of the owner of such vehicle, or who shall in any other manner willfully or maliciously interfere with or prevent the running or operation of such vehicle.
B. 
The provisions of Subsection A shall not apply to a bona fide repossession of a vehicle by the holder of a lien on such vehicle, or by agents or employees of such lienholder.

§ 125-22 Crimes involving minors; responsibility of parents. [1]

Any person 18 years of age or older, including the parent of any child, who shall cause or encourage any child under the age of 18 years to commit any misdemeanor, or who shall send or cause any such child to go into any place for an unlawful purpose, or who shall in any way subject any child to vicious or immoral influences, or who shall induce, cause, encourage or contribute toward the dependency, neglect or delinquency of any such child, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor; but when the offense consists of having or attempting to have intercourse with any female child under the age of 18 years, the fact that such female was not of previous chaste character or had been married may be shown in mitigation.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 114, Minors.

§ 125-23 Violations and penalties.

It shall be an offense for any person to fail to abide by this chapter, and any person found guilty thereof shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $250. Each day any violation of this chapter shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 125-24 Loitering.

[Added 11-15-2004]
A. 
No persons shall loiter, lounge or sleep in or upon any street, park or public place or in any public building.
B. 
Prohibited acts.
(1) 
For the purposes of this section, the term "loiter" shall encompass, but shall not necessarily be limited to, one or more of the following acts:
(a) 
Molesting or interfering with any person lawfully upon any street, park or other public place;
(b) 
Remaining idle in essentially one location without a legitimate business or purpose in so remaining idle, provided that such idleness is blocking the ingress or egress to a public place, threatening public safety, or likely to cause a breach of the peace;
(c) 
Refusing to move on when so requested by a peace officer, provided that the peace officer has exercised his or her discretion reasonably under the circumstances in order to preserve or promote public peace and order;
(2) 
For the purpose of this section, the term "other public place" shall be deemed to include the quasi-public area in front of or adjacent to any store, shop, restaurant, luncheonette or other place of business and shall include also any parking lots or other vacant private property not owned or under the dominion of the person charged with a violation of this section.

§ 125-25 Permits required for parades, processions and demonstrations.

[Added 12-16-2013]
A. 
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the following meanings:
DEMONSTRATION
A group of three or more persons assembled together and acting in concert to then and there call attention of the public to their opposition to, support of or position with respect to any political, social or other controversial subject.
PARADE
Any parade, march or other procession of six or more persons for the purpose of calling attention of the public thereto.
B. 
No funeral or other procession, parade, or demonstration, excepting the forces of the United States Armed Services, the military forces of this state, and the forces of the Police and Fire Departments, shall occupy, march, or proceed along any street or roadway except in accordance with a permit issued by the Town Council or other officer designated by the Council and such other regulations as are enacted by the Town which may apply. Any person desiring to sponsor, organize, direct or lead a parade, procession or demonstration upon any street or sidewalk or upon or in any public place within the Town shall file an application for a permit with the Town on an official form created by the Town and shall provide the Town with all of the requested information. All applications shall be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the requested parade, procession or demonstration. A permit shall not be issued if the activity proposed would cause undue inconvenience or annoyance to the Town people or would present a safety hazard.