Thursday, February 4, 2010

Woman Cited For Soliciting Without Permit

Beggars can't be choosers, and -- in Cookevile -- beggars cannot stand on the street corner asking for money if they don't have a permit. There's an city ordinance prohibiting solicitation without a permit, and Cookeville police say 44-year-old Stacy Ann Patzer of Briarcrest Lane has been cited on at least three occasions for violating that ordinance. Officer Calvin Anderson says he has also given her several verbal warnings, but claims that she was standing on the Highway 111 off ramp at I-40 this week holding up a sign asking for money. Anderson says he once again motioned for her to move on, but says that when he returned to the area 20 minutes later, she was still there. Upon approaching her, Anderson says he could smell the odor of an intoxicating beverage and says Patzer was placing herself and others in danger by standing close to traffic while under the influence. He arrested her for public intoxication, and she now has an additional court date of March 1st.