YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown Police Department’s efforts to crack down on curfew violations resulted in six children being found in violation of curfew, as well as two adult arrests.
A Youngstown City Ordinance prohibits a child 17 years old and younger from being on city streets or sidewalks between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless they are with a legal guardian.
The curfew sweep began at 11 p.m. Tuesday and continued through 5 a.m. Wednesday. Police say curfew is meant to keep teens out of trouble and hold parents accountable.
If someone violates the curfew law twice in one year, they can face 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Youngstown Police Captain Kevin Mercer said six kids were found in violation overnight.
“They were technically on the street and could have been cited, but they were across the street from their house, so we just reminded them that you can’t even be across the street from your house. You have to stay on your on property or be accompanied by an adult,” he said.
But as the police were out looking for children, two adults were also arrested one narcotics violations. One of those arrests include a man who forgot to use his turn signal.
Lamar Knox appeared in court Wednesday on drug and weapons charges. Officers working the curfew patrol stopped Knox on the city’s south side for the traffic violation. They said he had bags of marijuana and cocaine in his car, as well as a loaded 40-caliber pistol underneath his driver’s seat.
His bond was set at $80,000 on Wednesday.
Mercer said the major goal of the curfew sweeps are to make sure children are safe in Youngstown. The sweeps will continue throughout the summer.