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November 19, 2013

Indiana town approves restrictions on panhandling

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana community has approved a panhandling ordinance in response to what its police chief calls an increase in aggressive begging near banks and ATMs.

The Clarksville Town Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt the new ordinance that creates areas where panhandling is forbidden, including within 15 feet of a bank entrance or an ATM.

Town Attorney Chris Sturgeon tells the News and Tribune that people violating the ordinance can be fined, but the measure does not allow for jail time.

Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer says aggressive panhandling appears to be on the rise in parking lots outside big-box stores in the Ohio River community. He says some of the panhandlers are intimidating and “basically have you backed into a corner asking you for money.”

 

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