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Public Safety Message
During this holiday season please be aware of that many times personal property items are left in vehicles and can easily be stolen. A locked door is great but if a crook wants your I-Pod bad enough they will break a window and grab it. If you can't take the item inside please try and hide it so it can't be easily seen. Locking them in a trunk is the best option.
School has started so lets please watch for children on the streets and near the school. Crossing Guards won't be there until 8:30 in the morning. Please don't send your children there any earlier than 8:30. Also please ask your children that ride bikes to try and ride on the sidewalk and not in the street. We have some of the younger ones that will ride in the center of the street and that can create traffic problems in addition to being dangerous for your child.
Thanks to all those that attended our meeting on 4-11-12 concerning the cougar issue. We received some good education and also some good advice on how to keep us a little bit safer. Some of the advice is listed below.
1- Be careful when you feed your pets. Let them eat then bring in the food. Don’t leave it out overnight because this can bait in the cougar.
2- Get and install motion lights. They will click on during the night when motion is detected and that will scare off the cougar.
3- If you come into contact with one make yourself as large as possible and make noise to scare it away. Don’t run away or turn your back on it.
4- Call into Dispatch every time you make see one. The number is 634-5730 or 627-4300 and also during normal business hours you can call DWR at (435) 865-6100 to report a sighting.
You can click on this link (or copy and paste into your browser) to get more information on this issue.
The only consistent thing in this world is change and that goes for the sex offender registry. People get added on and others finsih their time and drop off. The Utah Department of Corrections website allows you to view those that are on the sex offender database as well as sign up to keep track of an offender if that offender should move from their current location. Please be aware that this information is to be used only for your knowledge and not to threaten, harass or intimidate the registerant or their families. You can click here to access the database.
There are many benefits to living in a small town. One of the drawbacks is when the wind blows, tumbleweeds seem to immediatley appear growing out of your walls and fences. I know that this is a huge frusteration. We have looked at the situation but we really don't have control over tumbleweeds blowing into peoples yards. We don't have the resources to remove them, the best we can do is try and address the situation while they are growing. This is really only practical on personally owned lots. We have no control over those areas outside of LaVerkin as well as those that are agriculture related. Current zoning ordinances do make the property owner responsible for weeds, debris, etc. on their property. This would include the tumbleweeds. I know it is frusterating to have to clean these up but we really do appreciate those of you that do. Thank you for your efforts.
We have access to a reverse 911 system. This system is county wide but we can activate it and use it here in LaVerkin. The purpose is to get information out quickly. Landlines are already on this system but if you have a cell phone or voice over IP system you will need to register it. The website is www.911register.com. Once you are registered, when a message is sent out, you will receive a phone call with pre-recorded information concerning the situation. It will be based upon the location you choose as a residence. If that residence is in the notification zone then you will receive that information. If you already have a landline you can register your cell phone and receive that information while you are away from home.
Prescription drug addiction has long been a problem. People that would not normally use illegal drugs get hooked on the prescription drugs and it can ruin their lives just as much as the illegal drugs. There is a push to educate people as to the dangers that prescription drugs can have. If you will follow some simple rules this will help combat this problem.
1- Do not give any of your prescriptions to anyone else. This is actually a third (3rd) Degree Felony. It happens frequently but can be very dangerous.
2- Do not take any more medication than was prescribed.
3- Lock up your medications so they can not be stolen.
For more information you can click here.
We are now on Facebook twice. One site will be where we put out news items from local, state, or national interest of a law enforcement nature. This will normally be limited to no more than three postings a week. You can go there and click on the like button to have this information sent to you. The other area will be more of a discussion area. There may be more opinion issues and cover a broader spectrum of issues. That area you need to request to be a friend and then you can post to that area. (Defense attorneys will be accepted as friends also. You may learn something and even wrong opinion's can be educational and entertaining)
Facebook newsletter link (www.facebook.com/LaVerkinCityPolice)
Facebook discussion link (www.facebook.com/LaVerkinPolice)
There has been a lot of fraud and identity theft issues. For more information or to file a report click on the links below.
Calls for service
Please click here for calls for service comparisons from January to March. This is the total amount for the year. It is 2012 compared to 2013. To see the individual months you can click on the months below. We will keep the 2011 to 2012 comparisons up until they are replaced by the 2012 to 2013 year.
Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) stat reports and Year End Council Reports
Law Enforcement Officer Death reports. These reports show how officers died. What it doesn't show are the number of officers assaulted or injured on the job.
This is the city ordinance that concerns four wheelers.
OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE REGULATIONSSECTION 6-2-1. License Required . All operators of off-highway vehicles shall be duly licensed to operate such vehicles in accordance with all applicable state laws, rules and regulations. SECTION 6-2-2. Minor Accompanied by Adult .A. All operators of off-highway vehicles who are ages eight (8) through sixteen (16), inclusive, and have obtained a safety certificate issued by the Division of Parks and Recreation, shall—while operating such vehicle within City limits—be under the direct visual supervision of, or accompanied by, an adult, 18 (eighteen) years of age or older. B. As used herein:1. “Direct supervision” means oversight at a distance, of not more than three hundred feet (300’), within which: a.Visual contact is maintained; and b.Advice and assistance can be given and received. ORDINANCE NO. 2008-09 2. “Accompanied” means that the adult shall: a. Travel and be in visual and vocal contact with the operator; and b. Travel in a licensed All-terrain Type I or II vehicle, or motorcycle (as defined by statute). SECTION 6-2-3. Restrictions . A. Off-highway vehicles shall be used and operated only on or over streets, roads or highways within LaVerkin City that are designated by this ordinance as open to such vehicle use. B. Off-highway vehicles shall be operated on designated roadways with the specific purpose of accessing riding areas away from populated areas, whether public or private.C. Off-highway vehicles shall be operated at all times in accordance with local, county and state laws and regulations. D. Off-highway vehicles may only be operated within the City limits between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.E. Off-highway vehicles shall not be operated on LaVerkin City roadways at speeds in excess of the lesser of twenty-five (25) miles per hour (25 m.p.h.) or the posted speed. F. It is encouraged, but not required, that off-highway vehicles be operated on the outer four feet (4´) of the asphalt on oiled roadways and on unimproved gravel or dirt roadways within the LaVerkin City limits.G. If equipped with headlights, off-highway vehicle shall be operated only with the lights functioning and turned on. H. Nothing in this ordinance shall be interpreted to give authorization to ride on private property without permission of the property owner. ORDINANCE NO. 2008-09 SECTION 6-2-4. Designated Roadways . The following described streets, roads and highways are hereby designated as open to off-highway vehicle use in conformance with this ordinance and all other applicable local, county and state laws, and regulations: A. North/South Routes: All public streets, roads and highways (and private streets, roadways, alleys, and rights-of-way, with permission of the owner thereof), situated within the jurisdiction of the LaVerkin, excluding SR-17 and SR-9 except at a designated crossing spot located at Main Street and SR-9. B. East/West Routes: All public streets, roads and highways (and private streets, roadways, alleys, and rights-of-way, with permission of the owner thereof), situated within the jurisdiction of the LaVerkin, excluding SR-17 and SR-9 except at designated crossing spots located at (1) Center Street and SR-9, and (2) 900 North Street and SR-17. SECTION 6-2-5. Penalty .A. Any person violating Section 6-2-2 and Subsection D of Section 6-2-3 herein shall be guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction thereof, subject to penalty as provided in Section 1-4-1 of this Code; provided, that the fine for a violation of Section 6-2-2 may not exceed that provided by Section 41-22-30, Utah Code Annotated (1953, as amended). B. Unless a different penalty classification is provided, any person violating any other provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, subject to penalty as provided in Section 1-4-1 of this Code. SECTION II : SEVERABILITY. The sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses, and phrases of this Ordinance are severable. If any such section, paragraph, sentence, clause, or phrase shall be declared invalid or unconstitutional by the valid judgment or decree of a Court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of any of the remaining sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses, or phrases of this Ordinance.ORDINANCE NO. 2008-09 SECTION III : EFFECTIVE DATE.In the opinion of the City Council of LaVerkin City, it is necessary for the preservation of the peace, welfare, health, and safety of the inhabitants of LaVerkin City that this Ordinance take effect as soon as possible. This Ordinance, therefore, shall take effect immediately upon its passage and first publication as provided by law.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of LaVerkin City this 4th day of June, 2008.