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Cedaredge amends code for knives, public urination

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The Cedaredge Town Board, acting on Dec. 8 and on recommendation of the Chief of Police, added language to its code of ordinances that outlaws urinating in open places of the town and that defines the length of the blades on "carry knives."

The town trustees took the action during their regular December business meeting.

The language added about knives is taken from state statute and defines "knife" in terms of blade length. The entire citation from town ordinance including the knife blade length restriction reads as follows:

"It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and unlawfully wear or carry concealed on or about his person, a knife. (Knife means any dagger, dirk, or stiletto with a blade over three and one half inches in length, or any other dangerous instrument capable of inflicting cutting, stabbing, or tearing wounds, but does not include a hunting or fishing knife carried for sports use."

The town ordinance follows state statute by including language that exempts some knives with blades longer than three-and-one-half inches long if they are for sporting use.

Cedaredge town ordinance also includes the following language concerning concealed carry firearms:

"It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and unlawfully wear or carry concealed on or about his person, firearm, or other deadly weapon within the town. It shall be an affirmative defense that the defendant was:

"A. A person in his own dwelling or place of business or on property owned or under his control at the time of the act; or,

"B. A person in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance who carries a weapon for lawful protection of his or another's person or property while traveling; or,

"C. A person who, prior to the time of carrying a concealed weapon, has been issued a written permit pursuant to CRS 18-12-105.1 to carry the weapon by the chief of police of a city or city and county or the sheriff of a county."

The Cedaredge trustees at their Dec. 8 regular meeting also added language to their suite of morals violations codified in town ordinance. The new language outlaws the act of urinating in open places. The Chief of Police asked for the change so that officers can deal with incidents of urinating in the open that occur particularly in the downtown Main Street area and even at the police station parking area.

The new language makes an offense of "urinating or defecating in any place except sanitary facilities constructed for the purpose and connected to an authorized sewage collection system or authorized individual sewage system."

The town's code of morals offences also includes the following citable activities:

"Public indecency: any person who performs any of the following in a public place or where the conduct may reasonably be expected to be viewed by members of the public commits public indecency: an act of sexual intercourse; or, an act of deviate sexual intercourse; or a lewd exposure of the body done with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of any person; or a lewd fondling or caress of the body of another person.

"Indecent exposure. A person commits indecent exposure if he knowingly exposes his genitals to the view of any person under circumstances in which such conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to the other person.

"Wholesale Obscenity. A person commits wholesale promotion of obscenity if, knowing its content and character, such person wholesale promotes or possesses with intent to wholesale promote any obscene material.

"Promotion of Obscenity. A person commits promotion of obscenity if, knowing its content and character, such person promotes or possesses with intent to promote any obscene material; or, produces, presents, or directs an obscene performance or participates in a portion thereof that is obscene or that contributes to its obscenity."

Anyone with questions concerning the ordinance changes is encouraged to contact town officials for clarification of their specific situation.

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