[HISTORY: Adopted by the Harford County Council as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Offenses Against Property
Article II Offenses Against Public Peace, Safety and Morals
[Adopted by Bill No. 76-75 ]
No person shall damage, destroy, deface, remove or carry away any real or personal property belonging to the county. The violator shall be liable to the county for the replacement or repair of the county property affected.
No unauthorized person shall knowingly remove or deface any sign posted on any building or structure placed thereon by any county department, agency, officer or employee thereof or other person, pursuant to law.
It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to violate any provision of this § 193-2, and, upon conviction of such violation, such person shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.) or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both.
[Adopted by Bill No. 76-75]
Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this subsection:
- Remaining idle in essentially one (1) location, including the concept of spending time idly, being dilatory, lingering, staying, sauntering, delaying and standing around, including the colloquial expression "hanging around."
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any place to which the general public has access and a right to resort for business, entertainment or other lawful purpose, but not necessarily a place devoted solely to the uses of the public. "Public place" shall also include the front or immediate area of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern or other place of business and public grounds, areas or parks.
Prohibited conduct. It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter, loaf, wander, stand or remain idle, either alone or in consort with others, in a public place in such manner so as to:
Obstruct any public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building by hindering or impeding or tending to hinder or impede the free and uninterrupted passage of vehicles, traffic or pedestrians.
Commit, in or upon any public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building, any act or thing which is an obstruction or interference to the free and uninterrupted use of property or with any business lawfully conducted by anyone in or upon or facing or fronting on any such public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building, all of which prevent the free and uninterrupted ingress, egress and regress therein, thereon and thereto.
Violations and penalties. When any person causes or commits any of the conditions enumerated in Subsection B of this section, a police officer or any law enforcement officer shall order that person to stop causing or committing such conditions and to move on or disperse. Any such person who fails or refuses to obey such orders shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.) or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both.
Picketing and lawful assembly. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit orderly and legal picketing or other lawful assembly.
Any person who shall shoot, kill or wound any fox which is being pursued by hounds within the limit of the county shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall pay a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.) for every such offense.
No person shall, in or about the public library facilities:
Engage in loud talking in such manner or volume or otherwise create such noise as unreasonably to disturb other individuals using the library facilities.
Obstruct or unreasonably interfere with an individual's use of any entrance, exit, aisle or library facility.
Smoke or carry about the person a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other material in the library building, except in such portions of the premises as shall be posted as smoking areas.
Litter, deface, spit upon or otherwise injure any library property.
Mutilate or deface a book, record, work of art or other library material.
Eat or drink any food or beverage in the library building, except where a special permit has been granted for functions sponsored by or under agreement with the public library in areas so designated by such permit.
Violate any rule or regulation promulgated for the conduct of the library by the Board of Library Trustees of the library, provided that notice of such rule or regulation is posted upon the library premises in a conspicuous place and has been adopted pursuant to Section 807 of the Charter.
It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to violate any provision of this section and, upon conviction thereof, such person shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.) or imprisonment for not more than ten (10) days, or both.
[Added by Bill No. 93-68]
A person shall not make or cause to be made between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. any noise produced vocally, with any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, any device intended for the production or reproduction of sound, or any household tool or other household equipment, if the noise is audible on any property that is used for residential purposes and is located more than 50 feet from the source of the noise.
This section does not apply to noise resulting from:
The operations of a public service company as defined in Article 78 § 2(o) of the Annotated Code of Maryland;
The operations of an instrumentality of the federal government, state government, or county government;
The operations of a volunteer fire and ambulance company;
The operation of farm equipment; or
A person who fails to stop making or causing to be made any noise that violates the provisions of this section after having been ordered to do so by a law enforcement officer, shall be subject to a civil fine.
[Added by Bill No. 02-46]
It is unlawful for any person to discharge, possess, sell, cast, or throw ground-based sparkling devices that are non-aerial and non-explosive, whether or not they are labeled in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
This section shall not be construed to prohibit the possession or discharge of ground-based sparkling devices that are non-aerial and non-explosive pursuant to a validly issued permit for the display of ground-based sparkling devices by the State Fire Marshal.
Any person possessing, discharging, throwing or casting a ground-based sparkling device which is non-aerial and non-explosive in violation of this subtitle is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be punished for each offense by a fine of not more than $250.
Any person selling a ground-based sparkling device which is non-aerial and non-explosive in violation of this subtitle is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be punished for each offense by a fine of not more than $1000.