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08-13-2008, 12:42 PM
From http://www.helena-arkansas.com/news/x960030171/

Mayor James Valley Thursday issued an executive order declaring an emergency curfew in certain sections of Helena-West Helena effective immediately. ...

Section 7.12.01 of the city’s code of ordinances authorizes the mayor to impose a mandatory curfew. The curfew has been imposed for the next 48 hours and will be re-imposed after every expiration until the problem is resolved or the city council can meet and decide on an appropriate course of action.

Valley has ordered H–WH officers to treat the “curfew zone” as a “zero tolerance zone,” which means that no loitering, “hanging out” will be permitted. All foot traffic, bicycle, horseback, moped, motorcycle, riding mower, golf cart or other mode of transportation will be subject to stop and investigation.

The Street and Sanitation Department has been directed to clean all alleys in the area and remove all debris and low-lying shrubbery that impedes the view of police and the general public. The Mayor’s Office will order additional lighting for the telephone poles in dark places in the curfew area including alleys. ...

According to the executive order, the curfew is in effect 24 hours a day.

Mayor Valley has directed the Code Enforcement Department to pursue Nuisance Abatement (evictions) for people living in homes in the curfew area where at least three criminal violations have occurred within the most recent time period allowed to be considered by law. He also has directed H– WHPD’s record department to gather all necessary information for code officers, city attorney and police officers to take “swift, direct and most impacting action against the wrongdoers and offenders.”

“The police department will use both diplomacy with the ‘ring leaders’ and saturation of the affected area to bring resolve to this matter,” stated Valley in his executive order. “Diplomacy with the ‘ring leaders’ will entail the issuance of a cease and desist order. Saturation will include additional manpower, overtime, extra hours, long shifts and the issuance of tickets. Saturation also involves serving warrants and subpoenas.”

The police department, added Valley, has been ordered to give no warning other than this executive order.


Vince Brennan
08-13-2008, 12:52 PM
Them fifth-graders getting outta line in Ms. Wilson's class again?