The police department has been very busy this past month, which is why we have not posted much recently. That being said, we will be updating statistics on activity, as well as pictures from recent events, very soon. Before that, however, we would like to take this opportunity to discuss illegal dumping. It is not something that most people think about, but it is something everyone should be familiar with, as we have seen it occur in town on occasion. The long and short of it is, do not deposit litter on lands or in containers that do not belong to you (unless specifically allowed), and make sure that all materials are disposed of in a safe and proper manner. Failure to do so can result in a third degree misdemeanor charge, so please, if you have any questions, let us know. *** FROM THE OHIO REVISED CODE/APPLICABLE VILLAGE ORDINANCE *** 3767.32 Littering. (A) No person, regardless of intent, shall deposit litter or cause litter to be deposited on any public property, on private property not owned by the person, or in or on waters of the state unless one of the following applies: (1) The person is directed to do so by a public official as part of a litter collection drive; (2) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, the person deposits the litter in a litter receptacle in a manner that prevents its being carried away by the elements; (3) The person is issued a permit or license covering the litter pursuant to Chapter 3734. or 6111. of the Revised Code. (B) No person, without privilege to do so, shall knowingly deposit litter, or cause it to be deposited, in a litter receptacle located on any public property or on any private property not owned by the person unless one of the following applies: (1) The litter was generated or located on the property on which the litter receptacle is located; (2) The person is directed to do so by a public official as part of a litter collection drive; (3) The person is directed to do so by a person whom the person reasonably believes to have the privilege to use the litter receptacle; (4) The litter consists of any of the following: (a) The contents of a litter bag or container of a type and size customarily carried and used in a motor vehicle; (b) The contents of an ash tray of a type customarily installed or carried and used in a motor vehicle; (c) Beverage containers and food sacks, wrappings, and containers of a type and in an amount that reasonably may be expected to be generated during routine commuting or business or recreational travel by a motor vehicle; (d) Beverage containers, food sacks, wrappings, containers, and other materials of a type and in an amount that reasonably may be expected to be generated during a routine day by a person and deposited in a litter receptacle by a casual passerby. (C) (1) As used in division (B)(1) of this section, "public property" includes any private property open to the public for the conduct of business, the provision of a service, or upon the payment of a fee, but does not include any private property to which the public otherwise does not have a right of access. (2) As used in division (B)(4) of this section, "casual passerby" means a person who does not have depositing litter in a litter receptacle as the person's primary reason for traveling to or by the property on which the litter receptacle is located. (D) As used in this section: (1) "Litter" means garbage, trash, waste, rubbish, ashes, cans, bottles, wire, paper, cartons, boxes, automobile parts, furniture, glass, or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature. (2) "Deposit" means to throw, drop, discard, or place. (3) "Litter receptacle" means a dumpster, trash can, trash bin, garbage can, or similar container in which litter is deposited for removal. (E) This section may be enforced by any sheriff, deputy sheriff, police officer of a municipal corporation, police constable or officer of a township, or township or joint police district, wildlife officer designated under section 1531.13 of the Revised Code, natural resources officer appointed under section 1501.24 of the Revised Code. forest-fire investigator appointed under section 1503.09 of the Revised Code, conservancy district police officer, inspector of nuisances of a county, or any other law enforcement officer within the law enforcement officer's jurisdiction. 3767.99 Penalty. (C) Whoever violates section 3767.13, 3767.19, or 3767.32 or, being a natural person, violates section 3767.30 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree. The sentencing court may, in addition to or in lieu of the penalty provided in this division, require a person who violates section 3767.32 of the Revised Code to remove litter from any public or private property, or in or on waters of the state.