Village of Stratford, WI
Marathon County
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A. 
Destruction of property. No person shall willfully injure or intentionally deface or destroy or unlawfully remove, take or meddle with any property of any kind or nature within the Village and belonging to the Village or its departments, the Stratford School District or to any private person without the consent of the owner or proper authority.
B. 
Parental liability. Pursuant to § 895.035, Wis. Stats., the parents of an unemancipated minor shall be liable for the damage of property caused by the willful, malicious or wanton act of such child; such liability shall not exceed $1,000.
C. 
Unlawful removal of property. It shall be unlawful for any person to take and carry away the property of another without the owner's consent with the intention to do so.
A. 
Littering prohibited. No person shall throw any glass, refuse or waste, filth or other litter upon the streets, alleys, highways, public parks or other property of the Village, or upon property within the Village owned by the Stratford School District or any private person, or upon the surface of any body of water within the Village.
B. 
Litter from conduct of commercial enterprise.
(1) 
Scope. The provisions of this subsection shall apply to all sales, promotions and other commercial ventures that result in litter being deposited on any street, alley or other public way.
(2) 
Litter to be cleaned up. Any person, firm, corporation or association carrying on an enterprise that results in litter being deposited on any street, alley or other public way shall clean up the same within 12 hours of the time the same is deposited. If any such litter is subject to being blown about, it shall be picked up immediately. If any such litter is likely to attract animals or vermin, such litter shall be picked up immediately.
(3) 
Litter picked up at litterer's expense. If any person, firm, corporation or association fails to pick up any litter as required by Subsection B(2) within the time specified, the Village shall arrange to have the same picked up by Village crews or by private enterprise. Applicable bidding procedures shall be used for any arrangement for the use of private enterprise to pick up such litter. The entire expense of picking up such litter, together with an additional charge of 20% for administrative expenses, shall be charged to the person, firm, corporation or association that did the littering. If such sum is not promptly paid, steps shall be taken, with the advice of the Village Attorney's office, to collect the same. This charge shall be in addition to any forfeiture or other penalty for violation of this section.
C. 
Dumping of refuse and grass in gutters. No person shall deposit any refuse, leaves or grass clippings in any gutter along any public street, road, alley or highway.
D. 
Handbills.
(1) 
Scattering prohibited. It shall be unlawful to deliver any handbills or advertising material to any premises in the Village except by being handed to the recipient, placed on the porch, stoop or entranceway of the building or firmly affixed to a building so as to prevent any such articles from being blown about, becoming scattered or in any way causing litter.
(2) 
Papers in public places prohibited. It shall be unlawful to leave any handbills, advertising material or newspapers unattended in any street, alley, public building or other public place, provided that this subsection shall not prohibit the sale of newspapers in vending machines.
No person shall leave or permit to remain outside of any dwelling, building or other structure or within any unoccupied or abandoned building, dwelling or other structure under his control in a place accessible to children any abandoned, unattended or discarded icebox, refrigerator or other container which has an airtight door or lid, snap lock or other locking device which may not be released from the inside without first removing said door or lid, snap lock or other locking device from said icebox, refrigerator or container, unless such container is displayed for sale on the premises of the owner or his agent and is securely locked or fastened.
A. 
Whoever intentionally alters indicia of price or value of merchandise or takes and carries away, transfers, conceals or retains possession of merchandise held for resale by a merchant without consent and with intent to deprive the merchant permanently of possession or the full purchase price may be penalized as provided in Subsection D.
B. 
The intentional concealment of unpurchased merchandise which continues from one floor to another or beyond the last station for receiving payments in a merchant's store is evidence of intent to deprive the merchant permanently of possession of such merchandise without paying the purchase price thereof. The discovery of unpurchased merchandise concealed upon the person or among the belongings of another is evidence of intentional concealment on the part of the person so concealing such goods.
C. 
A merchant or merchant's adult employee who has probable cause for believing that a person has violated this section in his presence may detain such person in a reasonable manner for a reasonable length of time to deliver him to a peace officer, or to his parent or guardian if a minor. The detained person must be promptly informed of the purpose for the detention and may make phone calls, but he shall not be interrogated or searched against his will before the arrival of a police officer who may conduct a lawful interrogation of the accused person. Compliance with this subsection entitles the merchant or his employee effecting the detention to the same defense in any action as is available to a peace officer making an arrest in the line of duty.
D. 
If the value of the merchandise does not exceed $100, any person violating this section shall forfeit not more than $200. If the value of the merchandise exceeds $100, this section shall not apply and the matter shall be referred to the District Attorney for criminal prosecution.
No person shall store junked or discarded property, including machinery or machinery parts, wood, bricks, cement blocks or other unsightly debris, which substantially depreciates property values in the neighborhood except upon permit issued by the Village Board. The Chief of Police or Building Inspector may require by written order any premises violating this section to be put in compliance within the time specified in such order and, if the order is not complied with, may have the premises put in compliance and the cost thereof assessed as a special tax against the property. The storage of junked vehicles and appliances is subject to the requirements of Chapter 404, Property Maintenance, Article II, Junked Vehicles and Appliances, of this Code.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
Whoever issues any check or other order for the payment of money less than $500 which, at the time of issuance, he or she intends shall not be paid is guilty of a violation of this section.
B. 
Any of the following is prima facie evidence that the person at the time he or she issued the check or other order for payment of money intended it should not be paid:
(1) 
Proof that, at the time of issuance, the person did not have an account with the drawee;
(2) 
Proof that, at the time of issuance, the person did not have sufficient funds or credit with the drawee and that the person failed within five days after receiving notice of nonpayment or dishonor to pay the check or other order; or
(3) 
Proof that, when presentment was made within a reasonable time, the person did not have sufficient funds or credit with the drawee and the person failed within five days after receiving notice of nonpayment or dishonor to pay the check or other order.
C. 
This section does not apply to a postdated check or to a check given in past consideration, except a payroll check.
D. 
Any person violating any provisions of this section shall forfeit not less than $50 if the worthless check is for an amount equal to or less than $150 and shall forfeit not less than $100 if the worthless check is an amount greater than $150 and less than $500, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment shall be imprisoned in the county jail until said forfeiture and costs are paid, but not to exceed 60 days.
A. 
Definitions. For the purposes of this section, certain words and terms are defined as follows:
ARCHIVES
A place in which public or institutional records are systematically preserved.
LIBRARY
Any public library or library of an educational or historical organization or society or museum, and specifically the public libraries within the Village of Stratford.
LIBRARY MATERIAL
Includes any book, plate, picture, photograph, engraving, painting, drawing, map, newspaper, magazine, pamphlet, broadside, manuscript, document, letter, public record, microform, sound recording, audio-visual materials in any format, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data processing records, or other tapes, artifacts or other documents or written or printed materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, belonging to, on loan to or otherwise in the custody of a library.
B. 
Possession without consent prohibited. Whoever intentionally takes and carries away, transfers, conceals or retains possession of any library material without the consent of a library official, agent or employee and with intent to deprive the library of possession of the material may be subject to a forfeiture as provided by § 1-5 of this Code. The failure to return library material after its proper return date, after written notice from the library and Village Attorney, shall be deemed to be theft. Notice shall be considered given when written notice is mailed to the last known address of the person with the overdue material; the notice date shall be the date of mailing.
C. 
Concealment. The concealment of library material beyond the last station for borrowing library material in a library is evidence of intent to deprive the library of possession of the material. The discovery of library material which has not been borrowed in accordance with the library's procedures or taken with consent of a library official, agent or employee and which is concealed upon the person or among the belongings of another is evidence of intentional concealment on the part of the person so concealing the material.
D. 
Detention based on probable cause. An official or adult employee or agent of a library who has probable cause for believing that a person has violated this section in his or her presence may detain the person in a reasonable manner for a reasonable length of time to deliver the person to a peace officer, or to the person's parent or guardian in the case of a minor. The detained person shall be promptly informed of the purpose of the detention and be permitted to make telephone calls but shall not be interrogated or searched against his or her will before the arrival of a peace officer who may conduct a lawful interrogation of the accused person. Compliance with this subsection entitles the official, agent or employee effecting the detention to the same defense in any action as is available to a peace officer making an arrest in the line of duty.
E. 
Damaging material prohibited. No person shall mar, deface or in any other way damage or mutilate any library material.
F. 
Return demanded. No person shall fail, on demand, to return any library material when such demand has been made in accordance with the rules and regulations duly made and adopted by the library.
A. 
No person shall, without lawful authority, open, remove or damage any coin machine, coin telephone or other vending machine dispensing goods or services, or a part thereof, or possess a key or device specifically designed to open or break any coin machine, coin telephone or other vending machine dispensing goods or services, or possess a drawing, print or mold of a key or device specifically designed to open or break any coin machine, coin telephone or other vending machine dispensing goods or services within the limits of the Village.
B. 
In this section, "coin machine" means any device or receptacle designed to receive money or anything of value. The term includes a depository box, parking meter, vending machine, pay telephone, money-changing machine, coin-operated phonograph and amusement machine if they are designed to receive money or other thing of value.
A. 
Damaging public property. No person shall climb any tree or pluck any flowers or fruit, wild or cultivated, or break, cut down, trample upon, remove, or in any manner injure or deface, write upon, defile or ill use any tree, shrub, flower, flowerbed, turf, fountain, ornament, statue, building, fence, apparatus, bench, table, official notice, sign, bridge, structure or other property within any park or parkway, or in any way injure, damage or deface any public building, sidewalk or other public property in the Village.
B. 
Breaking of streetlamps or windows. No person shall break glass in any streetlamps or windows of any building owned or occupied by the Village.
No person except the owner of the cemetery lot or a cemetery employee shall cut, remove, injure or carry away flowers, trees, plants or vines from any cemetery lot or property, nor shall any person deface, injure or mark upon any cemetery markers, headstones, monuments, fences or structures, nor shall any person other than the owner injure, carry away or destroy any vases, flowerpots, urns or other objects which have been placed on any cemetery lot.
In addition to the general penalty of this Code in § 1-5 or any other penalty imposed for violation of any section of this article, any person who shall cause physical damage to or destroy any public property shall be liable for the cost of replacing or repairing such damaged or destroyed property. The parent or parents of any unemancipated minor child who violates § 396-16 may also be held liable for the cost of replacing or repairing such damaged or destroyed property in accordance with the Wisconsin Statutes. Nothing in this Code shall prevent the Police Department from referring violations of the provisions of this article to the District Attorney's office in the interest of justice.