Created on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — One northeast Ohio county is trying to get a handle on panhandlers.
The Summit County council approved regulations on Monday that will still allow panhandlers in county townships to stand near street corners — but they must stay back 25 feet from intersections and can't be aggressive.
Bath Township administrator Vito Sinopoli tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1cjpA9f ) that residents spearheaded the measure because they were concerned about safety.
County Councilwoman Tamela Lee, sponsored the legislation, said a number of jurisdictions have already addressed the issue.
Violations are minor misdemeanors and fines are $100 or less for each offense. Aggressive panhandling can be punished with a fine of up to $250 and 30 days in jail.