[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wharton (Sec. 4-7 of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any child under the age of 16 years to run through, wander or stroll through the streets, roads, avenues or other public places of the Borough between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. prevailing time, unless accompanied by a parent or duly authorized custodian having control of the minor.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any child 16 years of age or under who is gainfully employed or a bona fide student of a school of evening instruction or who is in attendance at a function sponsored by a religious or school organization or in attendance at a properly supervised Borough program during the time required to travel between the child's residence and place of activity.
Should an emergency arise which necessitates the presence of a minor child under the age of 16 years in any of the places as hereinbefore provided after the curfew hour established by this chapter, the minor shall have in his possession a note signed by one of his parents, guardian or duly authorized custodian, stating the nature of the errand, the necessity thereof, specifying the travel area and time the note was issued.
Any police officer, truant or special officer duly appointed by the Mayor and Council is authorized and empowered to take into custody any minor child who may be in the act of violating any of the provisions of this chapter. The officer shall report the violation to the Chief of Police and notify the parent, guardian or custodian of the minor child, as well as the penalty for a second and subsequent violation, and shall release the child immediately into the custody of the parent, guardian or custodian.
Any child 16 years of age or under who violates the provisions of this chapter shall be dealt with as a juvenile offender. In the event the individual involved has caused damage to private or public property in the Borough, the parent(s) or guardians will be responsible for payment for same.