CHAPTER 220:  MISCELLANEOUS OFFENSES


SECTION 220.010:        LOITERING

A.        Any person or persons that are found to be loitering, loafing or congregating in a group of people on the
streets, public or private properties within the City limits of Lawson, Missouri, between the hours of 1:00 A.M.
and 6:00 A.M. are in violation of this Chapter.

B.        Any person or persons that are found to be occupying a vehicle that is parked on the streets, public or
private property within the City limits of the City of Lawson, Missouri, between the hours of 1:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.
M. are in violation of this Chapter.

C.        All City parks, recreational areas, City parking lot, east of City Park between Third and Fourth streets
and City property within the City limits of Lawson, Missouri, or owned by the City of Lawson, Missouri, will be
closed from 10:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. unless approved for special events by the City of Lawson.  A posted permit
must be obtained from the City Administrator's office for special events that exceed the time periods as
specified.  Any person or persons not complying will be in violation of this Chapter.  

D.        Penalty. Every person convicted of a violation of this Section shall be punished by a fine of not less than
fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00). (Ord. No. KK221 §§1─3, 8-9-76; Ord. No.
KK666 §1, 8-23-99)


SECTION 220.020:        OFFENSES AGAINST A POLICE OFFICER

A.        Failure to Assist the Police. Any Policeman of the City is hereby authorized, whenever he deems it
necessary, to call to his assistance any person or number of persons needed to aid him in making arrests;
and every person who, upon being so summoned by a Policeman, shall neglect or refuse to aid in making
any arrest shall be guilty of the crime of failing to assist the Police.

B.        Assaulting an Officer. Every person who shall knowingly and willfully assault, batter or wound any officer
of the City while engaged in the service or execution or attempt to serve or execute any writ, warrant or
process, original or judicial, or any order or rule of court, or while in the discharge of any other official duty
shall on conviction be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor.

C.        Escape. Any person lawfully detained or imprisoned in the City/County prison, or held in legal custody
of an officer of the City, who shall escape or break from such prison or from such officer shall be deemed
guilty of a misdemeanor.

D.        Fleeing a Police Officer. It shall be unlawful for any driver of a motor vehicle to willfully fail or refuse to
bring his vehicle to a stop, or otherwise flee or attempt to elude a pursuing police vehicle, when given a visual
or audible signal to bring the vehicle to a stop. The sign given by the Peace Officer may be by hand, voice,
emergency light, siren, or any other action reasonably calculated to communicate to the operator the officer's
order.

E.        Interference with the Police Department. No person shall knowingly and willfully obstruct, resist, or
oppose any Police Officer, any member of the Police Department, or any person duly empowered with police
authority, while in the discharge or apparent discharge of his duty, or in any way interfere with or hinder him in
the discharge of his duty.

F.        Aiding to Escape. No person shall offer, aid, or attempt to assist or aid any person in the custody of or
confined under the authority of the City to escape from jail, place of confinement, or custody.

G.        Penalty. Any person who violates any provision of this Section, shall upon conviction thereof, be fined
not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each offense. (Ord. No. KK351 §§1─5, 10-13-87)


SECTION 220.030:        STORAGE, LICENSING, SELLING AND DETONATION OF FIREWORKS

A.        Any local business or local not-for-profit organization wishing to operate a fireworks stand shall be
allowed

§ 220.030                                                                Lawson City Code                                                                 § 220.040

to store, sell or offer for sale fireworks of any type within the City limits of Lawson, Missouri.  Not-for-profit
organizations shall obtain a permit issued through the City Clerk's office at no cost.  Businesses shall be
required to purchase a permit at a cost of fifty dollars ($50.00) annually.  All licenses shall be approved by the
City Administrator or City Clerk of the City of Lawson.  All licenses shall be issued in accordance with Sections
320.106─321.161, RSMo.  (A copy of this Section must be posted in plain sight for the general public to view.)  

B.        It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or place any fireworks, including pyrotechnic devices, in
such a manner that the explosion of same will be likely to endanger or cause injury or damage to any person
or property; provided further, that is shall be unlawful for the person to shoot or detonate fireworks of any
nature within the City limits except from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Midnight on the second (2nd), third (3rd), fourth
(4th) and fifth (5th) days of July each year. Provided further, notwithstanding any ordinance or Fire Code
provision to the contrary, it shall be unlawful for any person to throw, use, explode, detonate or shoot, within
the City limits, bottle rockets, rockets of all types and size, and any and all fireworks with an aerial trajectory
having a cylinder or cartridge holding a propellant charge, which cylinder or cartridge is not intended to be
completely consumed before landing.

C.        It shall be unlawful for any person to detonate any fireworks on any municipally owned property without
specific permission of the Board of Aldermen.

D.        Any person or persons found in violation of any provision or provisions of this Section shall, upon
conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment;
and provided further, that each unlawful act shall constitute a separate offense.  (Ord. No. KK394 §§1─4, 8-14-
89; Ord. No. KK510 §§1─4, 8-16-93)


SECTION 220.040:        PEACE DISTURBANCE

A.        A person commits the crime of peace disturbance if:

1.        He unreasonably and knowingly causes alarm to another person or a person not physically on the
same premises by:

a.        Loud and unusual noise; or

b.        Personally abusive language addressed in a face to face manner to a specific individual and uttered
under circumstances such that the words have a direct tendency to cause an immediate and violent response
by a reasonable recipient; or

c.        Threatening to commit an offense against such persons upon a person present under circumstances
that would cause a reasonable person to conclude that the offense against persons was imminent and likely;
or

d.        Fighting; or

e.        Creating a noxious or offensive odor.

2.        He is in a public place or on private property of another without consent and unreasonably and
knowingly causing alarm to another person or persons by:

a.        Loud and unusual noise; or

b.        Personally abusive language addressed in a face to face manner to a specific individual and uttered
under circumstances such that the words have a direct tendency to cause an immediate and violent response
by a reasonable recipient; or

c.        Threatening to commit an offense against such persons upon a person present under circumstances
that would cause a reasonable person to conclude that the offense against persons was imminent and likely;
or

d.        Fighting; or

§ 220.040                                                                Miscellaneous Offenses                                                                §
220.080

e.        Creating a noxious or offensive odor.

3.        He is in a public place or on the private property of another without consent and purposely caused
inconvenience to another person or persons by unreasonably or physically obstructing:

a.        Vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or

b.        Ingress and egress to or from public or private places.

B.        Any person found guilty of a violation of this Section shall be subject to a fine of up to five hundred
dollars ($500.00).


SECTION 220.045:        REGULATIONS REGARDING USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE DURING NON-VIOLENT CIVIL
RIGHTS DEMONSTRATIONS


A.        The City hereby adopts and will enforce this policy prohibiting the use of excessive force by law
enforcement agencies within its jurisdiction against any individual engaged in non-violent civil rights
demonstrations.  The City also prohibits the physical barring of any entrance or exit to such a facility and will
enforce all applicable State laws regarding same.  

B.        Any person found to be violating any provision of this Section shall be served by the City with written
notice stating the nature of the violation.  

C.        Any person guilty of this violation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be
fined in the amount not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each violation.  Each day in which any
such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.  

D.        Any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall become liable to the City for any
expense, loss or damage occasioned the City by reason of such violation.  (Ord. No. KK508 §§1─4, 8-16-93)


SECTION 220.050:        LITTER THROWN BY PERSONS IN VEHICLES

No person while a driver or passenger in a vehicle shall throw, drop or deposit litter upon any street or other
public place within the City.


SECTION 220.060:        TRUCK LOADS CAUSING LITTER

No person shall drive or move any truck or other vehicle within the City unless such vehicle is so constructed
or loaded as to prevent any load, contents, or litter from being blown or deposited upon any street, alley, or
other public place.


SECTION 220.070:        PLACING COMMERCIAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL HANDBILLS ON VEHICLES

No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or non-commercial handbill in or upon any vehicle; provided
however, that it shall not be unlawful in any public place for a person to hand out or distribute without charge
to the receiver thereof, a commercial or non-commercial handbill to any occupant of a vehicle who is willing to
accept such handbill.


SECTION 220.080:        TAMPERING WITH A WITNESS─TAMPERING WITH A VICTIM

A.        A person commits the offense of tampering with a witness if, with the purpose to induce a witness or
prospective witness in an official proceeding to disobey a subpoena or other legal process, or to absent
himself or avoid subpoena or other legal process, or to withhold evidence, information or documents, or to
testify falsely, such person:

§ 220.080                                                                Lawson City Code                                                                        §
220.100

1.        Threatens or causes harm to any person or property; or

2.        Uses force, threats or deception; or

3.        Offers, confers or agrees to confer any benefit direct or indirect upon such witness; or

4.        Conveys any of the foregoing to another in furtherance of a conspiracy.

B.        A person commits the offense of victim tampering if, with purpose to do so, he permits or dissuades or
attempts to prevent or dissuade any person who has been a victim of any crime or a person who is acting on
behalf of any such victim from:

1.        Making any report of such victimization to any peace officer, or state, local or federal law enforcement
officer or prosecuting agency or to any judge;

2.        Causing a complaint, indictment or information to be sought and prosecuted or assisting in the
prosecution thereof;

3.        Arresting or causing or seeking the arrest of any person in connection with such victimization.

C.        Any person found guilty of tampering with a witness or a victim under the terms of this Section shall be
subject to a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) and to incarceration for a term not to exceed ninety (90)
days.


SECTION 220.090:        PUBLIC INDECENCY─PROHIBITED


A.        A person who knowingly or intentionally, in a public place, to include, but not be limited to, indoor and
outdoor entertainment establishments, restaurants, theaters, bars, bookstores and places of public
accommodation where one (1) or more other persons is present:

A.1.        Engages in sexual intercourse;

A.2.        Engages in deviate sexual conduct;

A.3.        Appears in a state of nudity; or

A.4.        Fondles the genitals of himself or another person commits the unlawful act of public indecency.

B.        "Nudity" means the showing the human male or female genitals, pubic area or buttocks with less than
a fully opaque covering, the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any part of
the nipple or areola or the showing of the covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state.  

C.        Any person, firm or corporation violating this Section is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction
thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) or more than five hundred dollars
($500.00).

D.        In addition to the licensee and/or his employee being subject to all penalties contained in this Section
of the City of Lawson, Missouri, violation of any act or any provision contained herein shall be grounds for the
license of the licensee to be suspended or revoked.  (Ord. No. KK495 §§1─4, 3-11-93)


SECTION 220.100:        CURFEW OF MINORS


A.        Definitions.As used in this Section, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:

CUSTODIAN:  A parent, guardian or other adult person having the legal responsibility for the care and custody
of a minor.  

MINOR:  Any person under the age of seventeen (17) years.  

PERMIT:  To knowingly or to fail to prevent, due to lack of reasonable efforts to supervise and control.

§ 220.100                                                                Miscellaneous Offenses                                                                §
220.110

REMAIN:  To unnecessarily tarry, stay, loiter or idle.  

B.        Nocturnal Curfew For Minors.

B.1.        Unless accompanied by his or her custodian, it shall be unlawful for any minor, whether on foot or in
a vehicle, to wander about without destination or to remain in or upon any public street, road, avenue, alley,
park or other public place between the hours:

B.1.a.        11:00 P.M. Sunday through 6:00 A.M. Monday.

B.1.b.        11:00 P.M. Monday through 6:00 A.M. Tuesday.

B.1.c.        11:00 P.M. Tuesday through 6:00 A.M. Wednesday.

B.1.d.        11:00 P.M. Wednesday through 6:00 A.M. Thursday.

B.1.e.        11:00 P.M. Thursday through 6:00 A.M. Friday.

B.1.f.        12:00 A.M. Saturday through 6:00 A.M. Saturday.

B.1.g.        12:00 A.M. Sunday through 6:00 A.M. Sunday.

B.2.        This restriction shall not apply to any minor who needs to remain in public to perform a reasonable
errand under his or her custodian's direction or who needs to remain in public because of his or her
legitimate employment, trade, profession or other occupation.  

C.        Liability Of Custodians Of Minors.  It shall be unlawful for any custodian to permit a minor under his
control to wander about or to remain in or upon any public street, road, avenue, alley, park or other public
place as prohibited by this Section, except in the case of necessity.  

D.        Enforcement Procedures.

D.1.        If a Police Officer reasonably believes that a minor is wandering about without destination or has
remained in or upon a street or other public place in violation of this Section, the officer shall warn the minor
that he is in violation of the curfew and request the minor to give his or her complete name and address and
how to contact his or her custodian.  The officer shall then direct the minor to proceed immediately to his or
her home or other visual dwelling place.  

D.2.        If the minor fails to obey these directions or refuses to furnish the officer with the requested
identification information or has been subjected to a prior curfew warning, the officer shall take such minor to
the Police Department.  The Police Department shall then contact the minor's custodian and request that he
or she come to the Police Station and accept the release of the minor.  If the custodian cannot be contacted or
if he or she fails to come to accept release, the minor shall be released to the Juvenile Officer of the County in
which he or she resides.  

E.        Penalties.

E.1.        Any minor violating the provisions of this Section shall be dealt with according to the laws governing
juveniles set forth by the City and the State of Missouri.  

E.2.        Any custodian violating the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon
conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than five
hundred dollars ($500.00).  (Ord. No. KK606 §§1─2, 1-20-97; Ord. No. KK764 §§1─2, 7-15-02)


SECTION 220.110:        TRESPASSING WITHIN THE CITY

No person shall knowingly enter or remain upon or in any land, structure, vehicle, aircraft or watercraft with
knowledge that he is not authorized or privileged to enter or remain upon or in such land, structure, vehicle,
aircraft or watercraft if:

§ 220.110                                                                Lawson City Code                                                                        §
220.120


.1.        He enters upon or in the land, structure, vehicle, aircraft or watercraft after such entry upon or in has
been forbidden by a personal communication of the owner or person authorized by the owner to make such
communication or he remains upon or in the land, structure, vehicle, aircraft or watercraft after he has been
ordered to leave by the owner or person authorized by the owner to so order; or

.2.        The land, structure, vehicle, aircraft or watercraft is posted in a reasonable manner which would
ordinarily come to the attention of intruders; or

.3.        The premises or property is located within a City, town or village and is used for residential purposes.  
(Ord. No. KK648 §1, 2-15-99)


SECTION 220.120:        DAMAGE TO REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY PROHIBITED

A.        Willful Or Grossly Negligent Damage To Property.  No person shall do any of the following:

A.1.        Intentionally or in a grossly negligent manner damage, deface, conceal or impair the use of any real
estate or personal property in which another has a property interest, specifically including publicly owned
property without the consent of the other person, firm or corporation or an agent thereof;

A.2.        No person shall damage, deface or impair the use of any real estate or personal property whether
privately or publicly owned or conceal any property with the intent of injuring or defrauding any insurer or
lienholder.  

B.        Liability Of Parent.  The parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated minor who resides with such
parent or legal guardian shall be liable for any fine or condition or restitution imposed by a court upon an
unemancipated minor for violation of this Section.  

C.        Penalty.  Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this Section shall be fined not less
than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each such offense and a separate
offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.  (Ord.
No. KK664 §§1─3, 6-21-99)
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