Juvenile Curfew Ordinance Proposed for Fort Stockton - KWES NewsWest 9 / Midland, Odessa, Big Spring, TX: newswest9.com |

Juvenile Curfew Ordinance Proposed for Fort Stockton

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

FT. STOCKTON - School is out for the summer but students in Fort Stockton might have some new rules to follow.

That's because there's a proposal for a new juvenile curfew ordinance and council members are expected to vote on it Monday night.

For the first time ever, minors won't be able to stay out all night without any consequences if the ordinance is passed and parents could be held accountable too.

"It's been brought to the council before in the past," Fort Stockton Police Chief, Art Fuentes, said. "It wasn't a successful approach."

But Fuentes is hoping his approach gets it done this time.

Fuentes is proposing a juvenile ordinance. It's something the city has never had.

"I think it's something that's long overdue," Fuentes said. "It's not that juvenile crime has completely taken over that we need something like this. We're trying to be proactive."

If it passes, kids between the ages of 10 and 16 cannot be out from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and until midnight on weekends.

"After a certain time, they're just hanging out and getting into trouble," Fuentes said.

The ordinance also aims to protect kids.

"We have a lot of juvenile victims after hours, whether it be assault or be involved in a motor vehicle accident," Fuentes said.

The chief said the community is behind the proposal. The first offense will be documented with a warning and the second offense with a fine up to $500. Any offenses after that could land them in juvenile court and teens aren't the only ones who might have to pay up.

"If the parent knows the child is past its hours, they are held accountable as well," Fuentes said.

There are exceptions like quinceañeras, school functions and work.

Overall, Chief Fuentes hopes the curfew will keep kids out of trouble.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Cactus Police Dept. swears in 10-year-old with terminal cancer

    Cactus Police Dept. swears in 10-year-old with terminal cancer

    Saturday, May 19 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-05-20 02:57:19 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    Kaitlyn DeLeon was sworn in as an honorary member of the Cactus Police Department this afternoon.

    Kaitlyn DeLeon was sworn in as an honorary member of the Cactus Police Department this afternoon.

  • Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'

    Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:07 PM EDT2018-05-21 03:07:54 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

  • Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

    Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:11 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:11:31 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:05 PM EDT2018-05-21 03:05:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). Rescue teams search through the wreckage site of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a cassava field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. The Cuban airliner crashed just after takeoff fr...(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). Rescue teams search through the wreckage site of a Boeing 737 that plummeted into a cassava field with more than 100 passengers on board, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2018. The Cuban airliner crashed just after takeoff fr...

    Mexican aviation authorities will carry out an audit of Damojh airlines to see if its "current operating conditions continue meeting regulations" and to investigate Friday's crash in Cuba that left 110 dead.

    Mexican aviation authorities will carry out an audit of Damojh airlines to see if its "current operating conditions continue meeting regulations" and to investigate Friday's crash in Cuba that left 110 dead.

Powered by Frankly