[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Clairton 3-9-2004 by Ord. No. 1750. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Council of the City of Clairton finds that it is in the best interest of the Clairton residents to establish this chapter in order to promote the general safety and welfare of the citizens of this municipality.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person to be found loitering at the corners or upon any public street or place, or in front of any store, shop, place of business, in any shopping center, or in any indoor/outdoor moving-picture place or indoor/outdoor theater, or at any bus stop, place of public amusement, place of worship or school, without having any apparent business or reason to do so, and after such person has been ordered away from such place by any police officer or any other person who has an interest in such place where the loitering occurs.
Upon the enactment of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person to prowl about or loiter in any part of the City of Clairton during the daytime or nighttime, under any suspicious occasion or circumstances, which will or may produce apprehension, fear or harm from any unwarranted prowling or loitering in any place, neighborhood or site.
The words "loitering" and "prowling" shall be interpreted according to their literal meanings.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- To linger aimlessly or as of aimlessly in or about a place; to move in a slow, idle manner; to waste time or dawdle; to pass time in an idle or aimless manner.
- To rove or go about stealthily, as in search of prey, plunder, etc.; to rove over or through a place as if seeking something; the act of prowling.
Any person violating the provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction before any District Justice of the City, be liable to pay a fine of not more than $300 and upon failure to pay such fine or costs may be sentenced to a term of not more than 90 days' incarceration.
Loitering and prowling is prohibited in the City of Clairton and will not be tolerated.