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'Tis the time of year for reminders about fireworks

King City police chief reminds residents of rules for Fourth of July, golf carts, curfews


Since the last edition of the Regal Courier, the police department has seen an increase in the number of calls for service in King City. It appears that many of the calls involve domestic issues.

One of the resources available to the police department when dealing with such situations is the Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s mental health unit, and their availability is a great asset to our community.

Fireworks and the Fourth of July

In a few days we will celebrate the Fourth of July, which is often filled with barbeques, parades and fireworks. Unfortunately many people opt to use fireworks that are illegal in the state of Oregon.

So this is a reminder to everyone that any fireworks that fly, explode or perform in an uncontrolled manner are not legal in Oregon. Examples of the common fireworks that are in the illegal category are bottle rocket, Roman candles, firecrackers and M80s.

The penalty for using illegal fireworks is twofold - criminal and civil. The criminal penalty can be a fine of up to $500 per violation as well as being subject to arrest. The civil penalty holds a violator liable for damages resulting from the misuse of both legal and illegal fireworks.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue recommends the following safety tips when dealing with legal fireworks:

-- Only adults should light and control fireworks;

-- Use fireworks on a paved surface away from buildings and vegetation;

-- Have a hose or bucket of water handy for expended fireworks and to put out flames;

-- Never point or throw fireworks at people or buildings;

-- Keep fireworks and lighting sources way from children;

-- Never make or alter fireworks.

Golf carts

As the weather has become more pleasant, more residents are out on city streets in their golf carts. Under our city code, residents who live in the area bounded by Southwest Fischer Road, 131st, Beef Bend Road and Highway 99W are able to use their golf carts on city streets within that area.

Under the code, operators are required to get a free decal at City Hall for display on the golf cart, to have or be eligible to have a driver’s license, and when operating on the street to obey the standard rules of the road as outlined in the Oregon Drivers’ Manual. Remember you share the streets with other users such as walkers, joggers, bicycles and cars, so be alert and courteous.

Curfews for minors

Now that school is out, it is important to know the following information regarding curfew: For families who have children under the age of 18 either residing in the home or visiting for the summer, the King City curfew ordinance provides for periods of time that minors may not be out unaccompanied by a person of at least 21 years of age.

During the summer months, the rules are as follows:

-- For minors under the age of 14 years, during the months of June, July and August, the curfew hours are between 10:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. of the following morning.

-- For minors 14 years of age and older, during the months of June, July and August, the curfew hours are between midnight and 6 a.m. of the following morning.

Parents, guardians or persons having care of any minor are responsible for the control of the minor child.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

A few years ago, a defense attorney was appointed to represent a young man accused of robbing local ATM s. When the defense attorney requested to see the evidence as part of the discovery process, the deputy district attorney gleefully gave him an envelope of several photographs.

The defense attorney started to review the photos but stopped after the first couple and stated to the DA, “I am not sure this is my client, there is a bag over the head of the person in the photos.”

Urged to continue the review, the defense attorney suddenly understood why the DA was so gleeful. His client had failed to cut eye holes in the bag, so he had to lift the bag, exposing his face, to see what he was doing. All of which was captured by the ATM camera. Needless to say, the defense attorney had his client plead guilty and not go to trial.

Until next time, be good, be neighborly and be safe.