September 14, 1989 |
Dora Mona was sitting behind the bar at her discotheque, where the booze bottles shared a shelf with a statue of the Virgin Mary, six plastic roses and a votive candle. It had been 14 days since she had seen 11 p.m. at the disco - a curfew to curb the drug war violence gripping Medellin was at fault - and Dora Mona was anxious for customers. "Of course it hurt," she said last night of the curfew, which had been lifted earlier in the day. "In this business, you earn today to pay off tomorrow.
July 25, 1991 |
Warren Beach, superintendent of Valley Forge National Historical Park, likes for people to enjoy the park, but there was one group that seemed to be having too much fun at the Memorial Arch. "(Some) did not come for the historic integrity of the area," Beach said. "When the malls closed, it was a place to congregate, and that's not why the arch is there. . . . The malls close at 9:30, and the cars rolled in at 10 of 10. " Each morning's accumulations of beer cans, graffiti and broken floodlights led Beach to enact a curfew.
November 19, 1986 |
Three times this year, vandals have broken into the Kromers' vehicles, causing more than $1,100 in damage. "I have a 1986 Trans Am," said Sherri Kromer. "They broke the window to steal a radar detector and a rearview mirror. " Kromer says the vandals have plagued her and her Browns Mills neighbors because they know they can get away with it. Police are overworked, the young people around her neighborhood have too many idle hours, and the spoils - radar detectors, car stereos - are too attractive, she said.
April 2, 2011
An effort to set a curfew on late-night businesses in Camden is the wrong approach to fight crime in the city. Pushed by Mayor Dana L. Redd, the proposal would force most retail outlets to close at 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnights on weekends. Currently, there are no restrictions and some businesses, such as Chinese-food takeouts and fried-chicken eateries, are open 24-hours or at least until the early-morning hours. City officials contend there is a strong correlation between crime and late-night businesses, but they have not provided any data to support their case.
August 9, 2011 |
The economic and social core of the city will be off-limits to minors after 9 p.m. on weekends after Mayor Nutter announced Monday that he was expanding the city's curfew in response to "flash mobs" of marauding teenagers. The early curfew will apply to anyone under 18 in Center City and University City, where police officers on foot, bike, and horseback will continue to be deployed in force. Nutter also said 20 of the city's largest recreation centers would be open until 10 Friday and Saturday nights as the city searches for more "long-term, sustainable . . . safe spaces for our young people.
September 19, 2012 |
Camden businesses subject to a controversial late-night curfew won a reprieve Monday when a judge issued an injunction that prohibits city officials from enforcing the ordinance until a full hearing. Plans to start citing business owners who stayed open past 11 p.m. Monday were immediately put on hold. The ordinance, passed a year ago by City Council, is intended to control crime in a city that is ranked among the most dangerous in the nation. City officials argue that businesses that stay open into the early morning attract drug activity and other crime.
August 6, 2011 |
In response to recent teen mob attacks in Center City, Mayor Nutter announced Friday that police would strictly enforce curfews for juveniles this weekend. The curfew for children 12 and younger is 10 p.m. For youths ages 13 to 17, the curfew is midnight. "To the few who think they can get away with acting violently and disrespecting our city, you will be caught, and there are serious consequences," Nutter said. A first-time offense for a juvenile can result in a $250 fine, with fines up to $500 for subsequent violations.
October 17, 1999 |
Halloween should be anything but eventful this year, as minors have been banished once again from township streets after dark. Anyone 18 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult after 8 p.m. on Oct 29, 30 and 31. Those traveling to and from legitimate activities, such as a job, a church group or an athletic event, are excused from the curfew. The ban targets those involved in vandalism and "malicious mischief" like trimming trees with toilet paper and christening car windows with eggs, said Police Chief Frank T. Rodgers.
September 20, 1987 |
An East Goshen township meeting to discuss establishing township curfews has been set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29, said Anthony G. Iacovelli, chairman of the township Board of Supervisors. Responding to complaints from residents of Goshen Valley, Goshen Downs and Charter Chase, who say that incidents of teenage vandalism seem to be increasing, the board set the meeting as an information-gathering workshop. Representatives of civic associations, officers of condominium and apartment complexes, the police chief, school principals and the township recreation director have been invited.
July 26, 2010 |
Less than 24 hours after Chester's state of emergency expired on Friday, the city marked its 14th homicide of the year when one of the victims of a double shooting died from his wounds. The shooting was the second since the state of emergency was lifted. On Friday, about two hours after a news conference was held announcing the success of the program and its controversial curfew, a 27-year-old man was shot in the back at 12:49 p.m. on Union Street near Lloyd. That man remained in critical but stable condition at the intensive care unit of Crozer-Chester Medical Center last night, Det. James Nolan IV said.