Police: Tricking is not tolerated

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 30, 2004

For most people Halloween is a fun time, a time for getting dressed up and seeing who can gather the most treats. For a few, though, it is a time for tricks and local municipalities will not tolerate it.

“This is a time of year when most children and some adults have fun scaring friends and pulling pranks on neighbors,” Linden Police Chief Jeff Laduron said. “Luckily we have never had any serious injuries resulting from Halloween and we don’t want to make this year the first.”

Laduron said his officers will be on the lookout for those wishing to make Halloween a fright night for others.

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“I will have my department out in full force on this entire weekend to insure the safety of the citizens of Linden,” he said. “We will not tolerate the destruction of property or any potential injury to people. Anyone who is caught destroying property or anyone who causes injury to another person will be arrested and charged under state laws.”

Demopolis Public Safety Director Jeff Manuel said he will not issue such warnings because violators will be treated the same Halloween weekend as any other day of the year.

“I shouldn’t have to tell people to behave, they know how they’re supposed to act.”

In addition to being on their best behavior, drivers are asked to keep in mind trick or treat days and times.

Demopolis will hold trick-or-treat night Saturday night, while Linen will observe trick-or-treat on Halloween.

“We ask that people use caution all weekend, though, because we expect some trick-or-treaters will be out Saturday night,” Bruce Ward of Linden City Hall, said. “Be careful and watch out for children.”