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Stonington implements nighttime curfew for Donahue Park

Stonington — The town is implementing a curfew for Donahue Park in Pawcatuck after police say there has been an increase in the number of people loitering, making noise at night, getting drunk and passing out in the gazebo.

The Board of Selectmen voted Wednesday night to implement a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the park, which is located just south of the Pawcatuck River bridge. There are exceptions for special events and emergency operations.

Asked by First Selectman Rob Simmons if people will pay attention to the curfew, Lt. Michael Peckham said the curfew will give police more teeth to enforce park rules. He said initial violations could result in a warning or a $78 ticket with subsequent violations resulting in a court summons for trespassing.

The selectmen approved the curfew contingent on review by the town attorney.

Peckham said the problems in the park have become more of an issue this summer.

“This is a nice park. I don’t want to see it degraded,” Selectman John Prue said.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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