Town of Mineral, VA
Louisa County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Mineral effective 1-1-1982 as Chs. 14 and 19 of the 1982 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 130.
Firearms and weapons — See Ch. 197.
Fireworks — See Ch. 210.
Noise — See Ch. 287.
Nuisances — See Ch. 293.
Property damage — See Ch. 320.
  

§ 310-1 Abusive language. [1]

If any person shall, in the presence or hearing of another, curse or abuse such other person, or use any violent abusive language to such person concerning himself or any of his relations, or otherwise use such language under circumstances reasonably calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, he shall, on conviction, be subject to a penalty as provided in § 310-29.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III). For similar state law, see § 18.2-416, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-2 False alarms. [1]

No person shall, without just cause therefor, call or summon, by telephone or otherwise, any ambulance or fire-fighting apparatus.
[1]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-212, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-3 Assault and battery.

No person shall commit assault or assault and battery upon another person.

§ 310-4 Attempt to commit offense. [1]

Every person who attempts to commit an offense which is a violation of this Code or any other ordinance of the Town shall subject to a penalty as provided in § 310-29, provided that in no event shall the punishment for such an attempt to commit an offense exceed the maximum punishment had the offense been committed.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III). For similar state law, see § 18.2-27, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-5 Begging; solicitation of funds for charitable, patriotic or religious purposes. [1]

It shall be unlawful for any person to beg upon the streets of the Town or to remain on the streets of the Town for the purpose of begging, provided that this section shall not apply to solicitors operating in accordance with Chapter 363 of this Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).

§ 310-6 Curfew for minors. [1]

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any parent, guardian or other adult person having the care, custody and control of any minor child under the age of 18 years to permit or allow such minor child to loiter or remain in or upon any street, alley, park or other public place within the Town or to loiter or remain in or about any motor vehicle in and upon any street or alley within the Town, whether the same shall be parked or in motion, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and daylight of the following day unless such minor child shall be accompanied by such parent, guardian or other adult person having the care, custody and control of such child or unless such child shall be accompanied by any other adult person with the permission of such parent, guardian or other adult person having such care, custody and control of such child.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any adult person to encourage any minor child under the age of 18 years to loiter or remain in or upon any street, alley, park or other public place within the Town or to loiter or remain in or about any motor vehicle in and upon any street or alley within the Town, whether the same shall be parked or in motion, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and daylight of the following day, unless such minor child shall be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult person in the manner hereinbefore described.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner, manager or other person having control of any public place or any business or private motor vehicle to permit, allow or encourage any minor child under the age of 18 years to loiter or remain in or about such public place or motor vehicle between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and daylight of the following day, unless such child is accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult person in the manner hereinbefore described.
D. 
This section shall not be construed to prohibit such minor children from attending athletic events held under school auspices or from attending places of religious worship or meetings held by or under the auspices of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or other like organizations, not accompanied by the parent, guardian or other adult person. In addition, this section shall not apply to a minor child:[2]
(1) 
Who is performing an errand as directed by his parent, guardian or person having lawful custody.
(2) 
Who is on his own premises or in the areas immediately adjacent thereto.
(3) 
Whose employment makes it necessary to be upon the streets, alleys or public places or in any motor vehicle during such hours.
(4) 
Who is returning home from a supervised school, church or civic function.
(5) 
Who is involved in an emergency situation.
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
E. 
Any person convicted of violating this section shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 310-29.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
[1]
Editor's Note: For authority of Town to establish a curfew for minors, see § 15.2-926, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-7 Disturbance of religious worship. [1]

No person shall wilfully interrupt or disturb any assembly met for the worship of God or, being intoxicated, disturb the same, whether wilfully or not.
[1]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-415, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-8 Disturbing public performances. [1]

No person shall disturb any public performance given or held within the Town or otherwise interfere with any such performance by any disorderly conduct.
[1]
Editor's Note: For state law as to disturbance of schools, literary societies, etc., see § 18.2-415, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-9 Drunkenness in public. [1]

A. 
If any person arrived at the age of discretion get or be drunk in public he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 310-29.
B. 
If any person shall be convicted for being drunk in public three times within one year, upon the third or any subsequent conviction for such offense within the period of one year, such person may be punished as provided in § 310-29.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III). For similar state law, see § 18.2-388, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-10 Gambling; permits for charitable organizations. [1]

A. 
Any person who shall bet, wager or play at any game for money or other thing of value shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 310-29.
B. 
This section shall not apply to games conducted by charitable organizations duly authorized by the State Department of Charitable Gaming in accordance with Title 18.2, Article 1.1:1, Code of Virginia.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).

§ 310-11 Abandoned refrigerators and similar containers.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to discard, abandon, leave or allow to remain in any place any icebox, refrigerator or other container, device or equipment of any kind with an interior storage area of more than two cubic feet of clear space which is airtight, without first removing the door or doors or hinges from such icebox, refrigerator, container, device or equipment.
B. 
This section shall not apply to any icebox, refrigerator, container, device or equipment which is being used for the purpose for which it was originally designed, or is being used for display purposes by any retail or wholesale merchant, or is crated, strapped or locked to such an extent that it is impossible for a child to obtain access to any airtight compartment thereof.

§ 310-12 Nuisances. [1]

It shall be unlawful for any person to create or maintain within the Town anything which is deemed a nuisance under the common law or the statutes of the state.
[1]
Editor's Note: For authority of Town to abate nuisances, see § 15.2-900, Code of Virginia. See also Ch. 293, Nuisances.

§ 310-13 Obscenity; indecent exposure. [1]

No person shall intentionally make an obscene display or exposure of his person, or the private parts thereof, in any public place, or in any place where others are present, or procure another to so expose himself.
[1]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-387, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-14 Vulgar, obscene or indecent gestures.

It shall be unlawful for any person to make vulgar, obscene or indecent gestures or actions.

§ 310-15 Vulgar or obscene figures or words.

It shall be unlawful for any person to draw an indecent figure or write any vulgar or obscene words upon any house, wall, pavement or fence in the Town.

§ 310-16 Obstructing justice by threats or force. [1]

No person, by threats or force, shall attempt to intimidate or impede a judge, justice, juror, witness, an officer of a court, any peace officer or any revenue officer in the discharge of his duty, or obstruct or impede the administration of justice in any court.
[1]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-460, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-17 Resisting or interfering with Town officers and employees.

It shall be unlawful for any person to resist, intimidate or interfere with or to attempt to resist, intimidate or interfere with any policeman, fireman or officer or employee of the Town in the performance of his duties.

§ 310-18 Failure to assist police officers in performance of certain duties. [1]

[Amended 1-12-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01]
If any person, on being required by any police officer of the Town, refuses or neglects to assist him in the execution of his office in a criminal case, in the preservation of the peace, in the apprehending of securing of any person for a breach of the peace, or in any case of escape or rescue, he shall subject to a penalty as provided in § 310-29.
[1]
Editor's Note For similar state law, see § 18.2-463, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-19 Closing hours for poolrooms.

[Amended 1-12-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01]
It shall be unlawful for the proprietor of any public billiard room, poolroom or game room located in the Town to permit such billiard room, poolroom or game room to remain open between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. on weekdays or at any time on Sunday.

§ 310-20 Profane cursing and swearing. [1]

[Amended 1-12-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01; 1-12-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-02]
If any person shall profanely curse or swear in public in the Town, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 310-29.[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-388. As to abusive language, see § 310-1 of this Code.
[2]
Editor's Note: Original § 14-21, Railroads -- Speed of locomotives, which immediately followed this section, has been moved and included in Ch. 410, Vehicles and Traffic, Art. V, Regulation of Railroads.

§ 310-21 Removal or defacing of personal property of another.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to take or remove gates, signs, wagons or other personal property not his own, for sport or otherwise.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to tamper or interfere with, mutilate, injure or deface any property not his own, for sport or otherwise.

§ 310-22 Removal or defacing of street signs, fire hydrants or monuments.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to remove or displace or to advise removal or displacing of any street sign, fire hydrant or monument marking street lines or the Town boundaries.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person in any manner to change, deface or alter any cornerstone or post marking the corner of any street or sidewalk.

§ 310-23 Riotous or disorderly conduct in public conveyance. [1]

No person, whether a passenger or not, shall, while in any public conveyance, behave in a riotous or disorderly manner. The agent or employee in charge of such public conveyance may require such person to discontinue his riotous or disorderly conduct and, if he refuses to do so, may eject him, with the aid, if necessary, of any other persons who may be called upon for the purpose.
[1]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-415, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-24 Disorderly conduct in public places; disturbances on public conveyances. [1]

No person shall behave in a riotous or disorderly manner in any street, public building or any other public place other than those mentioned in § 310-23, or cause any unnecessary disturbance in or on any public conveyance by running through it, climbing through windows or upon the seats, failing to move to another seat when lawfully requested to do so by the operator or otherwise annoying passengers or employees therein.
[1]
Editor's Note: For similar state law and authority of Town to adopt ordinances relative to riotous or disorderly conduct, see § 18.2-415, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-25 Injuring or tampering with vehicles. [1]

No person shall, individually or in association with one or more others, wilfully break, injure, tamper with or remove any part of any vehicle for the purpose of injuring, defacing or destroying such vehicle, or temporarily or permanently preventing its useful operation, or for any purpose against the will or without the consent of the owner of such vehicle, or in any other manner wilfully or maliciously interfere with or prevent the running or operation of such vehicle.
[1]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-146, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-26 Entering vehicles or setting them in motion. [1]

No person shall, without the consent of the owner or person in charge of a vehicle, climb into or upon such vehicle with intent to commit any crime, malicious mischief or injury thereto or, while a vehicle is at rest and unattended, attempt to manipulate any of the levers, starting crank or other device, brakes or mechanism thereof or to set such vehicle in motion, with the intent to commit any crime, malicious mischief or injury thereto, except that the foregoing provision shall not apply when any such act is done in an emergency or in furtherance of public safety or by or under the direction of an officer in the regulation of traffic or performance of any other official duty.
[1]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-147, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-27 Bona fide repossession of vehicle under lien. [1]

The provisions of §§ 310-25 and 310-26 shall not apply to a bona fide repossession of a vehicle by the holder of a lien on such vehicle, or by agents or employees of such lien holder.
[1]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-148, Code of Virginia.

§ 310-28 Trespass.

A. 
On property of another. It shall be unlawful for any person to trespass on the property of another or to go uninvited on the property of another, except upon lawful business.
B. 
Peeping or spying into structure occupied as dwelling.[1] No person shall unlawfully enter upon the property of another, in the nighttime, and secretly or furtively peep through or attempt to so peep into or through or spy through a window, door or other aperture of any building, structure or other enclosure of any nature occupied or intended for occupancy as a dwelling, whether or not such building, structure or enclosure is permanently situated or transportable and whether or not such occupancy is permanent or temporary.
[1]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-130, Code of Virginia.
C. 
At night upon any cemetery.[2] If any person, without the consent of the owner, proprietor or custodian, shall 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, he shall be guilty of a trespass and upon a conviction thereof shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 310-29.[3]
[2]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-125, Code of Virginia.
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
D. 
At night upon church or school property.[4] It shall be unlawful for any person, without the consent of some person authorized to give such consent, to go or enter upon, in the nighttime, the premises or property of any church or upon any school property for any purpose other than to attend a meeting or service held or conducted in such church or school property. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a trespass and upon conviction shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 310-29.[5]
[4]
Editor's Note: For similar state law, see § 18.2-128, Code of Virginia.
[5]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).

§ 310-29 Violations and penalties. [1]

Except where another penalty is provided, a violation of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in § 1-3 of this Code, provided that the punishment shall not exceed the maximum punishment for a comparable offense under state law.
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).