City of Blue Springs, MO
Jackson County
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[R.O. 1996 § 220.480; CC 1968 § 14-142; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982; Ord. No. 2160 § 1, 1-6-1992]
A. 
Definitions. For purposes of this Section, the following definitions shall apply:
PRIVATE PROPERTY
Any place which at the time is not open to the public. It includes property which is owned publicly or privately.
PROPERTY OF ANOTHER
Any property in which the actor does not have a possessory interest.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place which at the time is open to the public. It includes property which is owned publicly or privately.
If a building or structure is divided into separately occupied units, such units are separate premises.
B. 
Peace Disturbance. A person commits the offense of peace disturbance if:
1. 
They unreasonably and knowingly disturb or alarm another person or persons by:
a. 
Loud noise;
b. 
Offensive language addressed in a face-to-face manner to a specific individual and uttered under circumstances which are likely to produce an immediate violent response from a reasonable recipient;
c. 
Threatening to commit a felonious act against any person under circumstances which are likely to cause a reasonable person to fear that such threat may be carried out;
d. 
Fighting; or
e. 
Creating a noxious and offensive odor;
2. 
They are in a public place or on private property of another without consent and purposely cause inconvenience to another person or persons by unreasonably and physically obstructing:
a. 
Vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
b. 
The free ingress or egress to or from a public or private place.
C. 
Private Peace Disturbance. A person commits the offense of private peace disturbance if they are on private property and unreasonably and purposely cause alarm to another person or persons on the same premises by:
1. 
Threatening to commit a crime against any person; or
2. 
Fighting.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.485; CC 1968 § 14-144.1; Ord. No. 1268 § 1, 2-6-1984]
A. 
Any person who, with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or to cause violence to persons or property, commits any of the following acts shall be deemed to have committed the offense of disorderly conduct:
1. 
Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another, whereby any person is placed in fear of safety of their life, limb or health.
2. 
Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another, whereby property of any person is placed in danger of being destroyed or damaged.
3. 
Endangers lawful pursuits of another by acts of violence, angry threats and/or abusive conduct.
4. 
Causes, provokes or engages in any fight, brawl or riotous conduct so as to endanger the life, limb, health or property of another.
5. 
Assembles or congregates with another or others for the purpose of causing, provoking or engaging in any fight or brawl.
6. 
Jostles or roughly crowds or pushes any person in any public place.
7. 
Frequents any public place with intent to obtain money from another by an illegal and fraudulent scheme, trick, artifice or device.
8. 
Assembles with another or others for the purpose of engaging in any fraudulent scheme, device or trick to obtain any valuable thing in any place or from any person in the City, or to aid or abet therein.
9. 
Any male person accosts or attempts to force their company upon any female or attempts to pick up any female.
10. 
Uses "fighting words" directed towards another who becomes outraged and thus creates turmoil.
11. 
Assembles or congregates with another or others for the purpose of doing bodily harm to another.
12. 
Any person, by acts of violence, interferes with another's pursuit of a lawful occupation.
13. 
Congregates with another or others in or on any public way so as to halt the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic and refuses to clear such public way when ordered by a Peace Officer or other lawful authority.
14. 
Congregates with others on a public street and refuses to move on when ordered by the Police.
15. 
By their actions causes a crowd to collect, except when lawfully addressing such crowd.
16. 
Stations themselves on the public streets or follows pedestrians for the purpose of soliciting alms, or who solicits alms on the public streets unlawfully.
17. 
Causes a disturbance in any bus or other public conveyance by running through it, climbing through windows or upon the seats, or otherwise annoying passengers or employees therein.
18. 
Stands on sidewalks or street corners and makes insulting remarks to or about passing pedestrians and/or motorists or annoys such pedestrians.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.490; CC 1968 § 14-145; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982]
A person commits the offense of unlawful assembly if they knowingly assemble with six (6) or more other persons and agree with such persons to violate any of the criminal laws of this City, this State, or of the United States of America with force or violence.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.500; CC 1968 § 14-146; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982]
A person commits the offense of rioting if they knowingly assemble with six (6) or more persons and agree with such persons to violate any of the criminal laws of this City, this State, or of the United States of America with force or violence, and thereafter, while still so assembled, do violate any of said laws with force and violence.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.505; CC 1968 § 14-147; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982]
A. 
A person commits the offense of refusal to disperse if, being present at the scene of an unlawful assembly, or at the scene of a riot, they knowingly fail or refuse to obey the lawful command of a Law Enforcement Officer to depart from the scene of such unlawful assembly or riot.
B. 
A person who is convicted of a refusal to disperse may be sentenced to pay a fine which does not exceed three hundred dollars ($300.00), or to serve a period of imprisonment which does not exceed fifteen (15) days, or both.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.510; CC 1968 § 14-148; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982; Ord. No. 3190 § 1, 1-18-2000]
A person commits the offense of keeping a disorderly premises if they shall permit, allow, or encourage any peace disturbance or disorderly conduct as defined in Section 220.480 or Section 220.485, to occur or continue on premises owned or controlled by them.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.515; CC 1968 § 14-149; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982]
It shall be unlawful for any person to enter any schoolhouse or church house within the City in which there is an assemblage of people, met for a lawful purpose, or any courthouse within the City, in a drunken or intoxicated and disorderly condition, or to drink or offer to drink any intoxicating liquors in the presence of such assembly of people, or in any courthouse within the City.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.520; CC 1968 § 14-150; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982]
It shall be unlawful for any person to commit a nuisance upon any place open to public view within the corporate limits of the City of Blue Springs by emptying, discharging, or evacuating ordure or urine thereon.
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Editor's Note: R.O. 1996 § 220.525, Brandishing A Weapon, was removed by the City during the 2019 recodification project. See now Article XI, Offenses Concerning Weapons And Firearms, of this Chapter.
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Editor's Note: R.O. 1996 §§ 220.530, Unlawful Use Of Weapons, and 220.532, Concealed Weapons, were removed by the City during the 2019 recodification project. See now Article XI, Offenses Concerning Weapons And Firearms, of this Chapter.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.535; CC 1968 § 14-152.2; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982]
It shall be unlawful for any person within the limits of said City to engage in, be present at or be in any manner concerned in any cockfight, dogfight, or any fight between animals of any kind, which are pitted against each other or to allow or permit any such fight in any house or upon any premises in their possession or under their control.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.540; CC 1968 § 14-152.3; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982; Ord. No. 1919 § 1, 2-20-1990; Ord. No. 3864 § 1, 3-21-2005]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this Section, the following words and terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed:
DAYTIME CURFEW HOURS
Between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday when schools are in session.
EMERGENCY
Shall include, but not be limited to, fire, natural disaster, an automobile accident or obtaining immediate medical care for another person.
GUARDIAN
Any person to whom custody of a minor has been given by a court order.
MINOR
Any person under seventeen (17) years of age and over six (6) years of age.
PARENT
A person who is the natural or adoptive parent of a person. As used herein, "parent" shall also include a court appointed guardian or other person eighteen (18) years of age or older, authorized by the parent, by a court order or by the court appointed guardian to have the care and custody of a person.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access and includes, but is not limited to, streets, highways and the common areas of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office building, transport facilities and shops.
SCHOOL OFFICIAL
An administrator in the school in which the minor is enrolled or a supervisor of that administrator. In the case of a minor being educated in a home school, a parent or guardian of the minor shall be deemed a school official.
B. 
Nighttime Curfew. It shall be unlawful for any person sixteen (16) years of age or younger to be in or upon any public place or way within the City of Blue Springs between the hours of 12:01 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to any such persons accompanied by a parent or guardian, to any such person upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by such person's parent or guardian, to any such person who is engaged in gainful, lawful employment during said time period, or who is returning or in route to said employment, or to any such person who is attending or in route to or from any organized religious or school activity.
C. 
Daytime Curfew.
1. 
No minor who is subject to compulsory education under the law of the State of Missouri shall remain in, on or upon any establishment's premises, public place or street during daytime curfew hours. This Section shall also apply to a minor whose enrollment status is under suspension on expulsion.
2. 
No parent or guardian shall knowingly permit, or by insufficient control, allow a minor to remain in, on or upon any establishment's premises, public place or street during daytime curfew hours. No parent or guardian shall refuse to take custody of the minor.
3. 
In addition to other relevant evidence, such parent or guardian shall be deemed to have knowledge of a minor's continued violation of daytime curfew hours as a result of having received initial notification of same from a Police Officer or notification of non-exempted, unexcused absences from a school official or a representative of a school official.
4. 
No operator of an establishment shall knowingly allow a minor to remain in, on or upon the establishment's premises during daytime curfew hours.
D. 
Daytime Curfew — Exceptions. Subsection (C) shall not apply to the minor, parent, guardian or operator of an establishment when the minor is:
1. 
Exempt or excluded from compulsory education, as provided by the laws of the State of Missouri, or is authorized to be absent from their school pursuant to the provisions of the laws of the State of Missouri;
2. 
Attending their school;
3. 
Accompanied by their parent or guardian, or other adult person having the care or custody of the minor;
4. 
On an errand as directed by their parent or guardian, or other adult person having the care or custody of a minor, without any detour or stop;
5. 
Lawfully engaged in a business, trade, profession, occupation or employment-related activity at the time, or going to or coming from a place of employment or the location of an employment-related activity which is connected with or required with respect to the business, trade, profession or occupation in which the minor is lawfully engaged, without any detour or stop;
6. 
Attending a public meeting or a school, religious, recreational or civic organization activity, event or function which is under the direction, supervision or control of an adult and which is organized, arranged or sponsored by the City, a local educational authority, a religious or civic organization or another similar entity that is taking responsibility for the minor; or going to or coming from that activity, event or function, without any detour or stop;
7. 
Carrying in their possession a valid, school-issued, off-campus permit or pass that authorizes the minor to leave their school campus for lunch, a school related activity or some other event approved by their school official;
8. 
Receiving medical or mental treatment or care; or is going to or coming from a medical or mental appointment, without any detour or stop;
9. 
Attending or traveling directly to or from an activity involving the exercise of first amendment rights of free speech, freedom of assembly or free exercise of religion;
10. 
Involved in an emergency such as a fire, natural disaster, automobile accident, a situation requiring immediate action to prevent serious bodily injury or loss of life or any unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state which calls for immediate action;
11. 
In a motor vehicle, bus or train involved in interstate travel;
12. 
Not a resident of the City and the minor possesses a valid passport, visitor's visa or other form of identification which establishes that the minor is temporarily visiting within the City;
13. 
On a sidewalk abutting the minor's permanent residence; or
14. 
Is, or was, engaged in a lawful employment or volunteer work at a recognized charity institution or is going to or coming from such activity without detour or stop.
E. 
Daytime Curfew — Exceptions — Operator. Subsection (C)(4) shall not apply to the operator of an establishment, when the operator of an establishment promptly notifies the Blue Springs Police Department of the minor's presence on the establishment's premises during daytime curfew hours and that the minor has refused to leave.
F. 
Enforcement — Penalties.
1. 
Subsection (B) shall be punishable pursuant to Section 100.080 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Blue Springs, Missouri.
2. 
Subsection (C) shall be enforced as follows:
a. 
Before taking any action to enforce the provisions of Subsection (C), a Police or Peace Officer who has a reasonable suspicion based on articulable facts that the minor, parent, guardian or operator of an establishment is in violation of a provision contained in Subsection (C) shall ascertain:
(1) 
The minor's name, address, age;
(2) 
The name of the minor's parent or guardian;
(3) 
The reason or purpose for the minor's being in, on or upon the establishment, public place or street during the daytime curfew hours; and
(4) 
Any other information reasonably necessary to determine whether a violation exists.
b. 
A Police or Peace Officer shall enforce the provisions of Subsection (C) by way of a written notice to appear or an arrest for an adult, and by way of a written notice to appear, a referral to the Jackson County Family Court Services Truancy Diversion Program or any procedure authorized under the Juvenile Code of the State of Missouri for a minor, when:
(1) 
The Police or Peace Officer reasonably believes that an offense has occurred; and
(2) 
Based on any response or other circumstances, the minor, parent, guardian or operator of an establishment, who is accused of the violation, has failed to establish the existence of an exception set forth in Subsections (D) or (E).
3. 
When a minor is charged with a violation of Subsection (C), each violation shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as an infraction punishable by up to forty (40) hours of community service for each offense. Whenever a minor shall have been summoned by written notice to appear for the violation of any provision of this Section, the parent(s) or guardian of such minor, if known, shall be summoned to appear and defend such minor.
4. 
When a parent or guardian is charged with a violation of Subsection (C), or when an operator of an establishment is charged with a violation of Subsection (C), each violation shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as a misdemeanor as provided under Section 100.080.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.545; CC 1968 § 14-152.4; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982]
It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of said City to intentionally give a false alarm of fire, by sounding the electric sirens, fire alarms or otherwise.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.550; CC 1968 § 14-152.5; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982]
It shall be unlawful for any person within the limits of the City to use a slingshot, or what is commonly known as a "bean shooter," for the purpose of throwing rocks, gravel, beans or other articles to the detriment or danger of any person or persons or property, in said City.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.555; CC 1968 § 14-152.6; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982]
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw any stone, brick, bat, ball or other missile, within the limits of the City so as to strike or annoy any person or damage, or likely cause damage to any building or other property.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.560; CC 1968 § 14-152.7; Ord. No. 1147 § 1, 4-12-1982]
A. 
The following persons shall be deemed vagrants:
1. 
Every person who may be found loitering around within the City, without any visible means of support.
2. 
Every person who shall attend or operate any gambling device or apparatus.
3. 
Every person who shall engage in any unlawful calling whatever.
4. 
Any able-bodied married man who shall neglect or refuse to provide for the support of their family.
[1]
Editor's Note: R.O. 1996 § 220.565, Discharging Firearms Or Weapons, was removed by the City during the 2019 recodification project. See now Article XI, Offenses Concerning Weapons And Firearms, of this Chapter.
[R.O. 1996 § 220.567; Ord. No. 3875 § 1, 6-6-2005]
A. 
Definitions. Unless the provisions explicitly state otherwise, as used in this Section, the following terms and phrases shall have the meanings hereinafter designated:
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
Any "alcoholic liquor" as defined now and hereafter by the Revised Statutes of Missouri. Currently, "alcoholic liquor" is defined by Section 311.020, RSMo.
CONTROL
Any form of authority, regulation, responsibility or dominion, including a possessory right.
DRUG
For the purposes of this Section, a "controlled substance" as defined and described now or hereafter by the Revised Statutes of Missouri. Currently, "controlled substances" are defined and described by Sections 195.005 to 195.425, RSMo. (Chapter 195, RSMo.), and Chapter 579, RSMo.
ENFORCEMENT SERVICES
The salaries and benefits of Police Officers or other code enforcement personnel for the amount of time actually spent in responding to, or in remaining at, the open house party, gathering or event and the administrative costs attributable to the incident; the actual cost of any medical treatment to injured Police Officers or other code enforcement personnel; the cost of repairing any damaged City equipment or properly; and the cost arising from the use of any damaged equipment in responding to or remaining at the party, gathering or event.
MINOR
A person not legally permitted by reason of age to possess or purchase alcoholic liquor as described now or hereafter by the Revised Statutes of Missouri.
OPEN HOUSE PARTY
A social gathering, party or event at a residence or premises of a person who is the:
1. 
Person(s) who owns, rents, leases or otherwise has control of the premises where the party, gathering or event takes place;
2. 
The person(s) in charge of the premises at the time of the social gathering, party or event; or
3. 
The person(s) who organized the social gathering, party or event.
PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EVENT
Includes, but is not limited to:
1. 
The person(s) who owns, rents, leases or otherwise has control of the premises where the party, gathering or event takes place;
2. 
The person(s) in charge of the premises; or
3. 
The person(s) who organized the event. If a person responsible for the event is a juvenile, then the parents or guardians of that juvenile will be jointly and severally liable for the costs incurred for enforcement services pursuant to this Section.
RESIDENCE or PREMISES
A motel room, hotel room, home, apartment, condominium or other dwelling unit, including the curtilage of a dwelling unit or a hall, meeting room or other place of assembly, whether occupied as a dwelling or specifically for social functions and whether owned, leased, rented or used with or without compensation.
B. 
Prohibited Activities.
1. 
No person who is the person(s) who owns, rents, leases or otherwise has control of the premises where the open house party, gathering or event takes place; the person(s) in charge of the premises; or the person(s) who organized the event, whether present at the premises or not, shall allow an open house party to take place at any premises if any alcoholic beverage or drug is possessed or consumed at, within or on said premises by any minor where said person knew or reasonably should have known, that any alcoholic beverage or drug was in the possession of or being consumed by, a minor at said premises and where said person failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of the alcoholic beverage or drug by a minor at the residence or premises.
2. 
The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to:
a. 
The consumption, use or possession of a drug by a minor pursuant to a lawful prescription for each drug.
b. 
Religious observances or prescribed medical treatments.
c. 
The possession by a minor of alcoholic beverages or lawfully prescribed drugs incidental to the lawful employment of such minor.
C. 
Penalty.
1. 
Any person violating any provision of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
2. 
When an open house party, gathering or event occurs on private property and any alcoholic beverage or drug is possessed or consumed at said premises by any minor and a Police Officer at the scene determines that there is a threat to the public peace, health, safety or general welfare, the person(s) responsible for the event may, upon conviction, have the cost of providing enforcement services to control the threat to the public peace, health, safety or general welfare assessed against said person(s) by the judge of the Municipal Court as court costs. The amount assessed as court costs for enforcement services may include the cost of personnel and equipment but shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for a single social gathering, party or event. Such amount assessed as costs is deemed to be supplementary and additional to all other applicable fines and penalties; and the City does not hereby waive its right to seek reimbursement for actual costs exceeding the above amount through other legal remedies or procedures. Any person owing money shall be liable in an action brought in the name of the City for recovery of such amount, including reasonable attorney fees.