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9 - Offenses
ss. 9-1. Disorderly conduct, indecent language, threats, etc.
ss. 9-2. False reports - Filing.
ss. 9-3. Fences, buildings, sidewalks, etc. - Defacing or writing on.
ss. 9-4. Handbills or advertisements - Distributing.
ss. 9-5. Loitering.
ss. 9-6. Police custody - Escaping or attempting to escape.
ss. 9-7. Public property - Destroying or defacing.
ss. 9-8. Soliciting money - permits.
Section 9-1. Disorderly conduct, indecent language, threats, etc. 1 No person shall: (a) Behave in a rude, disorderly, insolent or insulting manner. (b) Make any indecent noise, sound or gesture. (c) Use indecent, profane or insulting language. (d) Make any threats, or use any other language tending to create a breach of the peace in any public way or other public place in the town, or within an audible distance of any dwelling house or other building therein. (Bylaws 1960, art. 28, ss 1, 2; 10-3-72.)
Section 9-2. False reports - Filing. No person shall knowingly file a false report, traffic or otherwise, with the police department. (10-3-72.)
Section 9-3. Fences, buildings, sidewalks, etc. - Defacing or writing on. 2 No person shall make any indecent figures or write any obscene words upon or deface by marks, in any manner, any fence, building, sidewalk, crosswalk, or ledge. (Bylaws 1960, art.. 28. ss 3; 10-3-72.)
Section 9-4. Handbills or advertisements. - Distributing. No person by himself or his agents or servants shall distribute or place in or upon any street, square, park, common, lane, alleyway or other public places any placard, handbill, flyer, poster, advertisement or paper of any description; except, that the same may be placed within the doors of stores, offices and business houses and at the doors of residences. (Bylaws 1960, art. 28. ss 11; 10-3-72.)
Section 9-5. Loitering. No person shall be or remain upon any sidewalk or upon any doorstep, portico or other projection of any house or building not owned by such person, to the annoyance or disturbance of any person, after having been duly warned by any person having authority to give such warning, nor shall persons so congregate and loaf upon any such sidewalk or in any public way or other public place in the town. (Bylaws 1960, art. 28; 10-3-72.)
Section 9-6. Police custody - Escaping or attempting to escape. No person shall escape or attempt to escape from the town jail or from custody of a police officer after a legal arrest has been made. (10-3-72.)
Section 9-7. Public property - Destroying or defacing. 3 No person shall injure, deface or destroy any street sign, guideboard, lamppost, lamp or lantern thereon, nor any tree, public lawn, grass plot, building, fence, post or other thing set, erected or made for the use of enhancement of the town. (Bylaws 1960, art. 28, ss 6; 10-3-72.)
Section 9-8. Soliciting money - Permits. No person shall solicit money on any public way or other public place, or go from house to house for the purpose of soliciting money, or sell any tag, badge or other article of any intrinsic value for the purpose of obtaining money without first having obtained permission to do so from the chief of police. Whenever it is deemed advisable, the chief of police shall obtain pertinent information of identification from solicitors or the companies they represent; and he shall issue a written permit, to which is to be attached a photograph, identifying the person to whom such permit is granted. A copy of such permit, together with an attached photograph, shall be retained for the records by the chief of police. (Bylaws 1960, art. 28, ss 13; 10-3-72.)
Section 9-9. Open Containers. No person shall consume any beer, wine, malt or alcoholic beverages, nor have in his possession, any open containers thereof upon any public way, sidewalk or town owned land. Violators of this provision shall be subject to a fine of not more than $20.00. (5-22-78, art. 67.) For law of the commonwealth as to disorderly conduct, offensive language, etc., see G.L., c. 272, ss 53. As to the authority of the town police to arrest for disorderly conduct, see G.L., c. 41, ss 98. As to authority of board of selectmen to set curfew, see ss 2-13 of this Code. 2. & 3. For law of the commonwealth as to malicious mischief generally, see G.L., c. 266, ss 94 to 138.