Local police respond every day to heated and unusual situations. The following is one item pulled from the daily police blotter. SANDUSKY POLICE SATURDAY, JULY 23 3:25 a.m. -- 1200 block Cedar Point Drive, 13-year old girl, 1000 block Jackson St., unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, curfew violation; 12-year old girl, 800 block Decatur St., and 13-year old girl, 3000 block Walnut St., curfew violation.



What is up with all these kids running around at this time of the night? It isn't just in Sandusky, but in all the towns. I had them running up and down my street from 1:15 to 3:30 AM. In my case, I know the mother is never home at night. I don't want to call the police, but what is the solution?

Common Sense

I believe your solution is in the answer.  Call the police and the mother will be the one called on the carpet for child endangerment.  DO NOT HESITATE.  Your sensitivity could lead to worse things for these children.


   (a)     No person who is seventeen years of age or younger, shall be in or upon any public place during the period ending at 6:00 a.m., and beginning at:
  (1)     10:00 p.m. for minors fourteen years of age or younger;
 (2)     11:00 p.m. for minors fifteen years of age or older.
  (b)     Said provisions and limitations shall be in effect daily, with the exception of Fridays and Saturdays.  At such other times, and during other periods, the curfew period shall end at 6:00 a.m. and shall begin at:
  (1)     11:00 p.m. for minors fourteen years of age or younger;
  (2)     12:00 midnight for minors fifteen years of age or older.
 (c)     Any minor who is found to be in violation of any provision of this chapter shall have committed an act of unruly conduct, and shall be cited to the Family/Juvenile Court of Erie County, Ohio, in relation thereto.
 The following shall constitute valid exceptions to the operation of the curfew limitations established by this chapter:
 (a)     When the minor is accompanied by his or her parent.
 (b)     When the minor is accompanied by an adult person who has been authorized by a parent of the minor to take the parent’s place in accompanying the minor for a designated period of time, and in relation to a designated purpose.
 (c)     When the minor is exercising his or her rights under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, such as free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, and the right of assembly, provided the minor first has given notice to the Police Department and the City by delivering to the Police Department a written communication signed by the minor and countersigned, if practicable, by a parent or the minor which specifies when, where, in what manner, and for what First Amendment purpose the minor will be on the streets at night during the curfew period.
 (d)     When the minor is on the sidewalk, treelawn or devil’s strip of the place wherein such minor resides, or of properties directly adjacent thereto absent objection from the owners and/or occupants of the same.
 (e)     While engaged in lawful employment.
 (f)     While returning home by a direct route from his or her lawful employment, a school activity, an activity of a religious, other voluntary entity, or a public association or group; or from a place of public entertainment, such as a movie, play, concert, organized recreational activity, sporting event or amusement park; from and within thirty minutes of the termination of the same; and
 (g)     When the minor is a married or otherwise emancipated person.

  (a)     No person having legal custody of a minor shall knowingly permit, or, by inefficient control, allow such minor to be in or upon any public place in violation of a curfew limitation established hereby, and under circumstances not constituting an exception hereto.  “Knowingly” includes knowledge which a parent reasonably should be expected to have concerning the whereabouts of a minor in his or her custody.
  (b)     It shall be an affirmative defense to a violation under this section that the parent involved within thirty days preceding the alleged offense filed or caused to be filed a complaint against the minor alleging him or her to be an unruly child under Ohio R.C. Chapter 2151, which complaint has been adjudicated or is then pending.

507.99  PENALTY.
  (a)     Any minor who is alleged to be in violation of Section 507.02 shall be alleged to be an unruly child, and shall be dealt with in accordance with law and procedure applicable to juvenile offenders.
  (b)     Whoever violates Section 507.04 shall be guilty of contributing to the unruliness of a minor within the meaning of Ohio R.C. Chapter 2919.24, a misdemeanor of the first degree, and shall be dealt with in accordance with law and procedure applicable to the juvenile courts of the State of Ohio; and
  (c)     Each and every violation under this chapter as to a separate curfew period shall be and constitute a separate, and distinct violation.