Loitering

An Emsworth resident asked Emsworth Council at its regular meeting what was being done about bands of kids that hang out by the borough building after hours. According to some reports, the loiterers, often referred to as the “Emsworth Posse,” are being rude and making disrespectful comments to nearby homeowners or passers-by. “The situation is getting out of hand,” she complained.

In president Kevin Yurkovich’s absence, vice-president Brian Fashian chaired the meeting. “Council is aware,” said Fashian. “Ohio Township Police have been asked to increase their patrols in the area. And they have.”

“Could we initiate a curfew?” someone asked.

Ohio Township Police chief Micklos was present at the meeting and answered, “Emsworth already has one. It’s 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on the weekend.”

Fashian said that the Department of Public Works had already ordered “No Loitering” signs.

Micklos said that several of the offenders had been identified from camera footage, and that the teens’ parents had been contacted. “It’s just a handful of kids misbehaving,” he said, “Hopefully the camera will serve as a deterrent.” Micklos urged any resident observing misbehavior to call the police.