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Larksville Borough Ordinance on discharging a firearm in the Borough

90-1: Unlawful Discharge

It is unlawful, except in the necessary defense of person or property, for any person, firm or corporation to shoot or discharge any gun, firearm, or deadly weapon within the Borough of Larksville, without:

A. The written permission of the owner of any land upon which the shooting or discharge of any gun, firearm, or other deadly weapon occurs: and

B. The written permission of the Chief of Police of Larksville Borough or the Mayor of Larksville Borough.

90-2: Permits

Said written permit shall specify the land upon which, the purpose for which and the period of time within which said shooting or discharge is authorized.

90-3 Violations and penalties

Any person, firm, or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding three hundred dollars($300.00) and cost of prosecution and/or be sentenced to imprisonment in the Luzerne County Prison for not more than thirty(30) days.

Larksville Borough Ordinance Certain Vehicles Prohibited


It shall be unlawful for any individual to operate any type of unlicensed motor-driven vehicle or conveyance, including snowmobiles, two-wheeled vehicles known as “mini-bikes”, trailbikes, motor scooters, four-wheeled vehicles known as “go-carts” and multi-wheel or three wheel motorcycles and all terrain-type machines or vehicles, under the following conditions:

A. On private property of another without the expressed written permission of the owner or occupant of the property. This prohibition shall prevail whether or not the vehicle operator is licensed or unlicensed.

B. On any public street or public located within the Borough of Larksville.

C. So as to create loud and unnecessary or unusual noises which disturb or interfere with the peace and quiet of the residents of the Borough of Larksville.

D. In a careless, negligent or reckless manner as to endanger the safety of any person or property, including the operator of said vehicle.

E. Within a distance of five hundred (500) feet of a residence or occupied or inhabited building or structure.

F. In such a manner as to raise unnecessary dust or dirt shall mean suspended particulate matter visible to the unaided or naked eye from a distance of fifty (50) feet.

146-6 Impoundment of vehicles in violation

The police department of the Borough of Larksville or any law enforcement officer of the borough shall be authorized to confiscate and impound any unlicensed motor-driven vehicle operated in violation of 146-4 of this chapter. The unlicensed vehicle shall be returned to the owner thereof upon payment of any fine imposed as a result of the violation of this chapter and upon payment of any towing and storage charges incurred as a result of the impoundment. The storage charge will be ten ($10.00) dollars and the towing charge will be fifty ($50.00) dollars.

146-7 Violations and Penalties

Any person who shall be convicted of violating or failing to comply with the provisions of this chapter before any District Magistrate shall be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred ($500.00) dollars, together with the costs of prosecution, and, in default of such fine and costs, to imprisonment in Luzerne County Prison for a term not to exceed thirty (30) days. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offence, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of a violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offence.

LARKSVILLE — Police today received confirmation from medical records that a 14-year-old boy who was riding a dirt bike in the woods on Friday did indeed suffer a gunshot wound from a bullet or bullet fragments.

The boy was riding a motorcycle at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the wooded area near Ridge and Poplar streets in the borough.

The boy stated he was struck from behind by something, but he was unsure at the time exactly what hit him. He walked to a friend’s house and called his father to tell him what had happened, police Chief John Edwards posted on the department’s Facebook page.

While at his friend’s house, someone told the boy he had a small amount of blood coming from his back. The boy’s father then took him to an urgent care medical facility at Geisinger South in Wilkes-Barre, where personnel advised him it may be a gunshot wound, Edwards said.

The boy’s father then transported him to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical center in Plains Township for further treatment. The juvenile was released from the hospital and is recovering from his injuries, Edwards said.

The Larksville Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact them at 570-762-8487.

“We again want to stress the seriousness of this incident and our reason for the strict enforcement of borough ordinances regarding the unlawful discharging of a firearm and operation of ATV’S in Larksville Borough,” Edwards said.

“In the past we have received numerous 911 calls stating that people riding these vehicles are also stopping to target shoot in areas frequented by other riders. Many times the calls are for gunfire near homes. For obvious reasons, this is a dangerous practice and what happened to this juvenile may be the result,” Edwards said.

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