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Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker. TSM-WBCK File Photo.
Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker. TSM-WBCK File Photo.
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How Battle Creek’s Panhandling Ordinance Aids Police

Certainly there are opposing opinions about how Battle Creek's recently passed panhandling ordinance. Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker acknowledges why, but says from a law enforcement perspective, it gives officers tools to act - and perhaps uncover more serious crimes...

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Battle Creek City Commissioners Mark Behnke and Kate Flores. TSM-WBCK
Battle Creek City Commissioners Mark Behnke and Kate Flores. TSM-WBCK
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Battle Creek Commissioners Discuss Panhandling Vote

With the passage Tuesday, September 6, 2016 of proposed ordinances in the city of Battle Creek meant to stem aggressive panhandling, two commissioners - on either side of the issue - discussed the outcome the next morning on WBCK...

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Panhandling Laws Pass Battle Creek City Commission

The Battle Creek City Commission voted 5-3 with one commissioner absent last night to pass a pair of ordinances designed to cut down on aggressive panhandling in the city...

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Courtesy battlecreekmi.gov
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Battle Creek Panhandling Ordinance Gets Final Vote Tuesday

In less than two full weeks, the city of Battle Creek may have official ordinance language which attempts to prohibit panhandling in the city limits...

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Panhandling Up for Vote for Battle Creek City Commission

The Battle Creek City Commission will return to chambers Tuesday night for the first of two meetings in September.

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Rev. Tom Ott of Battle Creek's First Congregational Church  in the WBCK studio September 1, 2016. TSM-WBCK
Rev. Tom Ott of Battle Creek's First Congregational Church in the WBCK studio September 1, 2016. TSM-WBCK
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Battle Creek Reverend’s Viewpoint on Panhandling Ordinance

As the Battle Creek City Commission prepares for a likely vote Tuesday on two ordinances meant to help curb panhandling, various people from the community have come forward to discuss the issue on WBCK...

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Share Center Executive Director Doug Stewart and Daniel Jones, Fund Development Coordinator at the Haven of Rest in the WBCK studio August 30, 2016. TSM-WBCK
Share Center Executive Director Doug Stewart and Daniel Jones, Fund Development Coordinator at the Haven of Rest in the WBCK studio August 30, 2016. TSM-WBCK
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Share Center, Haven: ‘We Can Do More’

Officials from Battle Creek's two go-to shelters for the homeless tell WBCK they could do more to address root causes of homelessness and panhandling in the city...

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Getty Images
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ACLU: Other Panhandling Ordinances Like Battle Creek’s Are Being Found Unconstitutional

No sooner did the idea of proposing a panhandling ordinance in Battle Creek come up, and the American Civil Liberties Union put the city on notice that it would face a potential legal challenge if the law was passed...

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Battle Creek City Commissioner Kate Flores in the WBCK studio August 18, 2016. TSM-WBCK
Battle Creek City Commissioner Kate Flores in the WBCK studio August 18, 2016. TSM-WBCK
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Battle Creek City Commissioner Flores Calls For More Study on Panhandling

If Battle Creek City Commissioner Kate Flores had her way, city leaders would apply the brakes to a pair of panhandling ordinances that now have momentum, since clearing the first hurdle toward passage on August 16, 2016...

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City of Battle Creek Seeks Art
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ACLU Criticizes Battle Creek City Commission For Panhandling Vote

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is criticizing the Battle Creek City Commission’s passing of ordinances regulating panhanding this week...

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