Hanging out in Olive Branch will cost you

Published 3:51 pm Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hanging out in Olive Branch? It’s gonna cost ya.

Loitering is now crime in the DeSoto County city.

Aldermen had planned to pass a loitering ordinance for a while because of occasional complaints from business owners.

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They acted recently in anticipation of possible protesters showing up against a white power conference at a local hotel. The conference was canceled. The ordinance remains.

It makes it a crime to linger in a public street or on private property open to the public without the permission of the owner.

Violators face a maximum penalty of a $300 fine and 90 days in jail.