Town of Charlestown, RI
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Charlestown 8-14-1979 as Secs. 8-1, 8-6, 8-7, 8-8 and 8-10 of the Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Boats and waterways — See Ch. 86.
Dance halls — See Ch. 98.
Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 103.
Entertainments — See Ch. 108.
Hawkers, peddlers and solicitors — See Ch. 128.
Noise — See Ch. 152.
Parks, beaches and recreation areas — See Ch. 158.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 206.
No person acting alone or in concert with others shall:
A. 
Act in an intimidating, violent or tumultuous manner toward another or others whereby any person is placed in fear of safety for his life, limb, health or well-being.
B. 
Act in an intimidating, violent or tumultuous manner toward another whereby the property of any person is placed in danger of being damaged, mutilated, defaced or destroyed or is, in fact, mutilated, damaged, defaced or destroyed.
C. 
In a public place, use words that are calculated, designed or likely to disrupt the peace or language or words which by their very nature or utterance inflict, or are likely to inflict, injury or which tend to incite outrage, turmoil or disturbance of the public peace.
D. 
Have an intimidating, violent or forceful manner at any time in, upon or in the proximity of a public place in such manner that such conduct constitutes a clear and present danger to the free and lawful movement of any person or to the extent that any other person will be, or is likely to be, restrained, enjoined, incapacitated or stopped in their lawful exercise of business, occupation, amusement, recreation or any other lawful pursuit
E. 
Cause, provoke or engage in any fight, brawl or tumultuous or riotous conduct so as to endanger the life, limb, health or well-being of another.
F. 
Join, assemble or congregate with one or more persons for the purpose of causing, provoking or engaging in any fight or brawl.
G. 
Disturb the peace of another or others by violent, indecent, offensive, hostile, boisterous or obscene conduct, language or gestures, which conduct, language or gesture is designed or calculated or likely to cause anguish or injury to another or others.
H. 
Throw any stone, snowball or other missile object upon or at any person, vehicle, building, tree, sign or other public or private property.
I. 
Roughly or forcefully crowd, jostle or push any person in any public place.
J. 
Expectorate, urinate or defecate on any public street, alley, sidewalk or floor of any public place or public building or any place or building where the public shall have the right to gather or to which it shall have access.
K. 
By acts of violence, interfere with another's pursuit of a lawful occupation.
L. 
Willfully, knowingly, wantonly or recklessly make a false alarm or cry of fire, a false request for the assistance of any fire-fighting apparatus or personnel; likewise, shall willfully, knowingly, wantonly or recklessly make a false report or request for assistance of any public or private rescue or assistance services or, similarly, make a false cry, alarm or request for police assistance.
M. 
Prowl or wander in or upon the private property of another or, without good reason, or without visible or lawful business with the owner or occupant thereof, peek, peep or peer in any door or window of any building or structure thereon.
N. 
Maliciously or without good cause interrupt, harass or molest the speaker or speakers at any lawful assembly, meeting or gathering or impair the lawful rights of others to participate in such assembly, meeting or gathering when such conduct is calculated or likely to provoke disorderly conduct and procedure of the same or to cause turmoil or disturbance at home.
O. 
Act in a manner designed, likely or tending to cause or provoke a disturbance in any public building or place of business wherein matters affecting the public are being considered or deliberated and which is designed, likely or tending to interfere with the orderly conduct or procedure of such consideration or deliberation.
P. 
Frequent any public place with the intention to obtain money or other things of value from another or others by illegal or fraudulent schemes, tricks, artifices or devices.
Q. 
Assemble for the purpose of engaging in any fraudulent schemes, devices, artifices or tricks to obtain any moneys or things of value in any place or places from any person or persons.
R. 
Display any deadly weapon or instrument or thing which by its appearance may be considered a deadly weapon in any public place in a manner calculated or likely to alarm or frighten another or others.
S. 
Join, collect or assemble in bodies or crowds for unlawful purposes as defined by any ordinance of the town.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to sleep in the nighttime in any automobile or motor vehicle of any description parked on any highway, public beach, parking lot, picnic grounds or on any other public or semipublic area or in any automobile or motor vehicle of any description parked upon the grounds of any other person in the town; or for any person to aid, assist, encourage or promote the same to be done by any other person or persons.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to sleep in the nighttime on any highway, public beach, parking lot, picnic ground or on any other public or semipublic area or upon the grounds of any other person in the town; or for any person to aid, assist, encourage or promote the same to be done by other person or persons.
C. 
This section shall not apply to premises duly licensed and operated under the authority of Chapter 197, Trailers and Mobile Homes.
[Amended 4-8-2002 by Ord. No. 237]
No person shall bathe or swim, or attempt to bathe or swim, in any granite quarry hole or abandoned granite quarry hole in the town and the violator shall be fined in the amount not to exceed $50. Enforcement of this section shall be through the Charlestown Police Department.
[Added 4-8-2002 by Ord. No. 237; amended 8-20-2012 by Ord. No. 352]
All fines levied in § 162-3, are payable to the Town of Charlestown within 14 days of the offense. Failure to pay the fine as required within 14 days shall subject the violator to an additional fine not to exceed $50 and to answer to the offense in Municipal Court, unless such nonpayment is handled in accordance with § 162-3.2.
[Added 4-8-2002 by Ord. No. 237; amended 8-20-2012 by Ord. No. 352]
Any fine levied in § 162-3, disputed by the violator, may be adjudicated in the Municipal Court, provided that such adjudication is requested in writing within 14 days of the offense. This ordinance shall take effect upon its passage.
No person shall stand, fish or crab on Creek Bridge, or the abutments thereof, or any other part of said bridge, on Charlestown Beach Road, which bridge is over the channel connecting Charlestown Pond and Green Hill Pond.
Every person who shall willfully cut or deface or otherwise injure any public building or fence or other property of the Town of Charlestown shall be fined not less than twice the amount of the damage done.
[Added 6-12-1989 by Ch. 171; amended 8-20-2012 by Ord. No. 352]
A. 
Violators shall be prosecuted by the Chief of Police of the Town of Charlestown or his/her designee by issuance of a summons in the Municipal Court.
B. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished, for each violation, by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment for not more than 30 days. The continuation of a violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the violation is continued, a separate and distinct violation hereunder.