Last Tuesday, police were called to a High Street home, where a resident reported a man with a shovel had knocked on the door just before 11 p.m.. The resident didn’t answer the door, and the man got on his bike and rode away toward Main Street without going to any other houses on the street, the police report stated.
Police located the man in the 100 block of North Buckeye Street.
The man told police he was just trying to shovel show. An officer told the man that 11 p.m. “was a little late to be knocking on people's doors to be asking to shovel snow."
The man told police he did not realize it was that late and would stop for the night.
The man was released without charges.
Then, at 8 p.m. Thursday, police were called to the 400 block of East Center Street after receiving a solicitor complaint.
Upon arrival, police saw the same man riding a bicycle while carrying a snow shovel.
The man told police he was trying to make some money shoveling snow and only stopping at the houses where the sidewalk was bad.
Officers advised him of the solicitation ordinance, and told him he would need to have a permit if he is going to contact residents and offer a service.
The man told police he was not aware he needed a solicitors permit to shovel snow.
Police gave the man a written warning and told him he will be cited if he continues to go door to door.”