Town of Hillsville, VA
Carroll County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Hillsville 10-11-1978 as Secs. 10-1, 10-2, 10-4 through 10-16, 10-18, 10-19, 10-21, 10-22 and 10-24 of the 1978 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 34.
Amusements — See Ch. 38.
Animals — See Ch. 42.
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 56.
Returned checks — See Ch. 60.
Curfew — See Ch. 66.
Littering — See Ch. 88.
Nuisances — See Ch. 97.
Parades — See Ch. 101.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 112.
Special events — See Ch. 132.

§ 108-1 Assault and battery.

It shall be unlawful for any person to commit a simple assault or any assault and battery upon another person.

§ 108-2 Begging prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to beg or solicit personal contributions upon any street or other public place within the town. It shall be the duty of any officer of the town to notify such person of this section and to give such person the privilege of leaving the town, and if, after such notice, such person continues to beg or solicit contributions or repeat such solicitation after having been so warned, such acts shall constitute a misdemeanor.

§ 108-3 Disorderly conduct.

A. 
Any person who shall do or engage in any of the following shall be guilty of disorderly conduct:
(1) 
Any person who shall act in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another, whereby any person is placed in danger of safety of his life, limb or health.
(2) 
Any person who shall act in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another, whereby public property or property of any other person is placed in danger of being destroyed or damaged.
(3) 
Any person who shall endanger lawful pursuits of another by acts of violence or threats of bodily harm.
(4) 
Any person who shall cause, provoke or engage in any fight, brawl or riotous conduct so as to endanger the life, limb, health or property of another or public property.
(5) 
Any person who shall assemble or congregate with another or others and cause, provoke or engage in any fight or brawl.
(6) 
Any person who shall collect in bodies or in crowds and engage in unlawful activities.
(7) 
Any person who shall use fighting words directed toward any person who becomes outraged and thus creates turmoil.
(8) 
Any person who shall assemble or congregate with another or others and do bodily harm to another.
(9) 
Any person who shall, by acts of violence, interfere with another's pursuit of a lawful occupation.
(10) 
Any person who shall congregate with another or others in or on any public way so as to halt the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic and refuses to clear such public way when ordered to do so by a peace officer or other person having authority.
B. 
Violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor.

§ 108-4 False fire alarms.

It shall be unlawful for any person to turn in, report or otherwise cause a false fire alarm within the town.

§ 108-5 Discharge of fireworks.

It shall be unlawful for any person to fire, shoot or detonate any firecracker, bomb, powder or dynamite within the town, without a proper license therefor issued by the Mayor.

§ 108-6 Sale or possession of fireworks.

It shall be unlawful to sell or offer for sale or store or have in possession upon the person fireworks of any kind within the town.

§ 108-7 Gambling.

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep within the town a room for gambling or where persons resort for gambling purposes or any game of chance, whether playing with cards, dice, money or other things, or to permit gambling of any kind in any place; or for any person to gamble or engage in any gambling game of any kind or character at any place, either publicly or privately.

§ 108-8 Playing on streets or sidewalks.

It shall be unlawful for any person to play marbles or any other games or pitch or throw balls of any kind or stones on the streets and sidewalks of the town to the inconvenience or discomfort of the public.

§ 108-9 Houses of prostitution.

A. 
No person shall keep a house of ill-fame, resorted to for the purpose of prostitution or lewdness. In a prosecution for this offense, the general character of the house may be proved.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any house of assignation or bawdy house or any place where persons may meet for the purpose of prostitution or illegal intercourse within the town. Every day such house shall be kept or any prostitute kept, harbored or permitted to remain therein for immoral purposes shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 108-10 Indecent exposure.

It shall be unlawful for any person to expose any part of his body, in public, within the town, in an obscene and deliberate manner.

§ 108-11 Masks prohibited; exception.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person over twelve (12) years of age but less than sixteen (16) years of age to appear in or upon any of the streets, highways, alleys or public places in the town whereby the identity of such person is concealed, without first obtaining permission from the Mayor or Police Chief.
B. 
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not exceeding fifty dollars ($50.) or imprisoned not more than ten (10) days, or both.

§ 108-12 Obstructing justice.

No person, by threats or force, shall attempt to intimidate or impede a trial justice, witness or town police officer in the discharge of his duty or resist arrest or obstruct or impede the administration of justice in any court.

§ 108-13 Officer refusing to assist.

No person shall fail without good excuse to respond to the call of an officer for assistance in the execution of his duty.

§ 108-14 Distribution of literature.

It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute pamphlets, leaflets, books, posters, handbills, newspapers, magazines or any kind of literature upon the street, to private residences or at any other place within the town without having first procured from the Mayor express permission to do so.

§ 108-15 Petit larceny.

Any person who shall steal from another any property of any kind or character unless the property so stolen is of such value as to constitute a felony under the state law shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

§ 108-16 Profane or abusive language.

It shall be unlawful for any person to curse or profanely swear in any public place in the town or to use violent and abusive language to any person in the presence of any witness, reasonably calculated to provoke a breach of the peace.

§ 108-17 Damaging or defacing property.

It shall be unlawful for any person to destroy, deface or otherwise injure or damage any public or private property within the town by cutting, marking, breaking or burning the same or by defacing the same in any manner whatsoever.

§ 108-18 Noise restrictions. [1]

No person shall make or cause to be made frequent or long continued and unreasonable noise which disturbs the comfort and repose of any person in the vicinity.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 108-19 Public drunkenness.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to become drunk and while so drunk to appear in any public places within the town.
B. 
Any person guilty of a violation of the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100.).
C. 
Any person convicted of three (3) or more violations of this section within a year shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.) for the third or subsequent offense.

§ 108-20 Trespassing on certain public property.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to go upon or remain upon any school property, parks, playgrounds, water or sewer facilities or garbage dump area after having been forbidden to do so, either orally or in writing, by any duly authorized official of the town or any custodian or other person lawfully in charge thereof.
B. 
Also, it shall be unlawful for any person, without the consent of the owner, proprietor or custodian, to go or enter in the nighttime upon the premises, property, driveways or walks of any cemetery, either public or private, for any purpose other than to visit the burial lot or grave of some member of his family.
[Added 2-10-1992]

§ 108-21 Carrying concealed weapons.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed any pistol, dirk, bowie knife, razor, knucks, slingshot or any weapon of like kind.
B. 
This section shall not apply to any police officer, Sheriff, state police officer or any officer of the law while in the discharge of his official duty within the town.