TITLE III COMMUNITY PROTECTION
CHAPTER 1 OFFENSES
Commission of any of the acts named in the following sections by any person shall
constitute a violation of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person to do any of the following:
- Engage in fighting or violent behavior or invite or defy another person to fight,
provided that participants in athletic contests may engage in such conduct which
is reasonably related to that sport. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.4(1))
- Make unusually loud or excessive noise which results in the disturbance of the peace
and the public quiet of a neighborhood. More specifically, loud or excessive noise shall not be permitted after 11:00 PM.(Code of Iowa, Sec. 723.4(2))
- Willfully permit upon any premises owned, occupied, possessed or controlled by such
person any unusually loud or excessive noise in such a manner calculated to provoke
a breach of the peace of others, or the public quiet of the neighborhood. (Code
of Iowa, Sec. 723.4(2))
- Direct abusive language or make any threatening gesture which the person knows or
reasonably should know is likely to provoke a violent reaction by another. (Code
of Iowa, Sec. 723.4(3))
- Without lawful authority or order of authority, disturb any lawful assembly or meeting
of persons by conduct intended to disrupt the meeting or assembly. (Code of Iowa,
- Without authority, obstruct any street, sidewalk, highway or other public way. (Code
of Iowa, Sec. 723.4(7))
- Without authority, solicit contributions, distribute literature, or otherwise peddle
or sell goods and services within the traveled portion of any roadway. (Code of
Iowa, Sec. 364. 12(2)(a))
Indecent exposure. It shall be unlawful for any person to expose such person’s genitals,
pubes, female nipples, or buttocks to another or to urinate or defecate in public or in view of the public.
- Removal of safeguards or danger signals. No person shall willfully remove, tear
down, destroy, deface, or carry away from any highway, street, alley, avenue or
bridge any lamp, obstruction, guard or other article or things, or extinguish any
lamp or other light, erected or placed thereupon for the purpose of guarding or
enclosing unsafe or dangerous places in said highway, street, alley, avenue or bridge
without the consent of the person in control thereof. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 716.5)
- Obstructing or defacing streets. No person shall obstruct, deface, or injure any
public road in any manner by breaking up, plowing or digging within the boundary
lines thereof, without permission from the Mayor. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 716.1)
- Allowing water, snow, ice and accumulations on sidewalk. No abutting property owner
shall allow water from an improperly located eave or drain, or from any roof, to
fall onto a public sidewalk, or fail to remove snow, ice and accumulations from
the sidewalks promptly. Upon failure by the abutting property owner to perform the action required under this subsection within a reasonable time, the city may perform the required action and assess the costs against the abutting property.(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12(2)(b and e))
- Removal of hydrant caps, sewer caps or manhole covers. No person shall remove or
carry away hydrant caps, sewer caps or manhole covers without the consent of the
person in control thereof.
- Expectorating. No person shall expectorate on the ground or in any
structure within the City limits. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.1)
- Putting debris on streets and sidewalks. No person shall throw or deposit
on any street or sidewalk any glass bottle, glass, nails, tacks, wire, cans, trash,
garbage, rubbish, litter, offal, or any other debris, or any other substance likely
to injure any person, animal or vehicle. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.369)
- Carrying a concealed weapon. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry under
such person’s clothes or concealed about their person or to be found in possession
of any slingshot, knuckles of metal or other material, air gun, or any other weapon other than a knife unless licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Safety or having in possession a permit from the County Sheriff.
- False alarms. No person shall give or cause to be given any false alarm of a fire,
nor set fire to any combustible material, or cry or sound an alarm or by any other
means without cause.
- Stench bombs. No person shall throw, drop, pour, explode, deposit, release, discharge
or expose any stench bomb or tear bomb, or any liquid, gaseous or solid substance
or matter of any kind that is injurious to persons or property, or that is nauseous,
sickening, irritating or offensive to any of the senses in, on or about a theater,
restaurant, car, structure, place of business, or amusement, or any place of public
assemblage, or attempt to do any of these acts, or prepare or possess such devices
or materials with intent to do any of these acts. This provision shall not apply
to duly constituted police, military authorities, or peace officers in the discharge
of their duties, or to licensed physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other similar
persons licensed under the laws of this State; nor to any established place of business
or home having tear gas installed as a protection against burglary, robbery or holdup,
nor to any bank or other messenger carrying funds or other valuables.
- Discharging firearms and fireworks. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 727.2)
- No person, firm, or corporation shall discharge
or fire any cannon, gun, bomb, pistol, air gun, or other firearms or set off or
bum firecrackers, torpedoes, sky rockets, roman candles, or other fireworks of like
construction or any fireworks containing any explosive or inflammable compound,
or other device containing any explosive.
- The City Council may upon application in writing,
grant a permit for the display and use of fireworks by any organization or groups
of individuals when such fireworks display will be handled by a competent operator.
- The City Council may, upon application in writing, grant a permit for the operation of a firing range in which the discharge of firearms for training, recreational or competitive events would be allowed upon showing that the range would be under the direction of a competent organization, group or individual.
- In the interest of public health and safety and at such times as approved by the Chief of Police, the police or their designee may use firearms to control rodent or animal problems when it is evident that conventional control methods have not resolved the problem.
- Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit the use of blank cartridges for a show or the theatre, or for signal purposes in athletic sports or by railroads, or trucks, for signal purposes, or by a recognized military organization and provided further that nothing in this section shall apply to any substance or composition prepared and used for medicinal or fumigation purposes.
- No person, firm, or corporation shall discharge
- Possession of Fireworks.
- Definition. The term “fireworks” includes any explosive composition, or combination of explosives, substances or articles prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion or detonation and includes blank cartridges, firecrackers, torpedoes, sky rockets, Roman Candles or other fireworks of like construction and fireworks containing any explosive or flammable compound, or other device containing any explosive substance. The term “fireworks” does not include gold star-producing sparklers on wires that contain no magnesium or chlorate or perchlorate, flitter sparklers in paper tubes that do not exceed 1/8 inch in diameter, toy snakes that contain no mercury, or caps used in cap pistols.
- Exemption. The use of blank cartridges for a show or the theater, or for signal purposes in athletic events, or by railroads or trucks for signal purposes, or by recognized military organizations is exempt from this Subsection.
- Prohibition. No person shall possess fireworks except as provided in this Chapter.
- Abandoned refrigerators. No person shall place, or allow to be placed, any discarded,
abandoned, unattended or unused refrigerator, ice box or similar container equipped
with an air-tight door or lid, snap lock, or other locking device which cannot be
released from the inside, in a location accessible to children, outside any building,
dwelling, or within an unoccupied or abandoned building or dwelling, or other structure,
under such person’s control without first removing the door, lid, snap lock, or
other locking device from said icebox, refrigerator or similar container. This provision
applies equally to the owner of any such refrigerator, icebox or similar container,
and to the owner or occupant of the premises where the hazard is permitted to remain.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 727.3)
- Impersonating an officer. No person shall falsely represent themself or falsely
assume to be any law enforcement officer, judge or magistrate. It shall be unlawful
to wear or adopt the uniform or insignia of any law enforcement officer on any street
or public place. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 718.2)
- Harassment of City Employees.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully prevent, resist or obstruct or attempt to prevent, resist or obstruct any City employee from the performance of any official duty.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to communicate by any means, any threat of bodily or property harm to any City employee or to any member of his or her family during the course of, or as a result of, the performance of any official duty by said City employee.
- Antenna and radio wires. No person shall allow, locate or maintain any antenna wires,
antenna supports, radio wires or television wires to exist over any street, alley,
highway, sidewalk or public property. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12(2))
- Barbed wire. No person shall install, allow to be installed or use barbed wire without
the consent of the City Council. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.1)
- Playing in streets. No person shall coast, sled or play games on streets or highways
except in areas blocked off by the Chief of Police for such purposes. (Code of Iowa,
- Defacing public grounds. No person shall cut, break or deface any tree or shrub
in a public park or on any avenue thereto by willfully defacing, cutting, breaking
or injuring, except by the authority of the Mayor. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12(2))
- Injuring new pavement. No person shall injure new pavement in any street, alley
or sidewalk by willfully driving, walking or making marks on such pavement before
it is ready for use. (Code of Iowa, 364.12(2))
- Destroying park equipment. No person shall destroy or injure any property or equipment
in public swimming pools, playgrounds or parks by willfully defacing, breaking,
damaging, mutilating or cutting. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12(2))
- Injury to public library books or property. No person shall willfully, maliciously
or wantonly tear, deface, mutilate, injure or destroy, in whole or in part, any
newspaper, periodical, book, map, pamphlet, chart, picture or other property belonging
to any public library or reading room.
- Defacing or destroying proclamations or notices. No person shall intentionally deface,
obliterate, tear down or destroy in whole or in part any transcript or extract from
or of any law of the United States or of this State, or any proclamation, advertisement
or notification, set up at any place within the City by authority of law or by order
of any court, during the time for which the same is to remain set up. (Code of Iowa,
- Injury to gravestones or property in cemetery. No person shall willfully and maliciously
destroy, mutilate, deface, injure or remove any tomb, vault, monument, gravestone
or other structure placed in any public or private cemetery, or any fences, railing
or other work for the protection, ornamentation of said cemetery, or of any tomb,
vault, monument or gravestone, or other structure aforesaid, on any cemetery lot
within such cemetery, or willfully and maliciously destroy, cut, break or injure
any tree, shrub, plant or lawn within the limits of said cemetery, or drive outside
of said avenues and roads, and over the grass or graves of said cemetery. (Code
of Iowa, Sec. 716.1)
- Injury to fire apparatus. No person shall willfully destroy or injure any engines,
hose carriage, hose, hook and ladder carriage, or other things used and kept for
extinguishment of fires. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 716.1)
- Injury to city ambulance or paramedic apparatus. No person shall willfully destroy or injure any ambulance or paramedic unit, equipment or other things used to administer medical care.
- Obstructing or defacing roads. No person shall obstruct, deface or injure any public
road by breaking up, plowing or digging within the boundary lines thereof, except by written authorization of the Mayor. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 716.1)
- Injury to roads, railways, and other utilities. No person shall maliciously injure,
remove or destroy any electric railway or apparatus belonging thereto, or any bridge,
rail or plank road; or place or cause to be placed, any obstruction on any electric
railway, or on any such bridge, rail or plank road; or willfully obstruct or injure
any public road or highway; or maliciously cut, bum, or in any way break down, injure
or destroy any post or pole used in connection with any system of electric lighting,
electric railway, or telephone or telegraph system, fiber optic system, cellular
phone tower system; or break down and destroy or injure and deface any electric
light, telegraph or telephone instrument, fiber optic system, and cellular phone
tower system; or in any way cut, break or injure the wires of any apparatus belonging
thereto; or willfully without proper authorization tap, cut, injure, break, disconnect,
connect, make any connection with, or destroy any ofthe wires, mains, pipes, conduits,
meters or other apparatus belonging to, or attached to, the power plant or distributing
system of any electric light plant, electric motor, gas plant or water plant; or
aid or abet any other person in so doing. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 716.1)
- Tapping into Utility Transmission Cables. No person shall connect to any transmission
cable without first obtaining permission from the owner of the cable. (Code of Iowa,
- Obstructing ditches and breaking levees. No person shall divert, obstruct, impede,
or fill up, without legal authority, any ditch, drain, or watercourse, or break
down any levee established, constructed, or maintained under any provision of law.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 716.1)