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Summit County passes panhandling regulations

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.

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