June 5, 2014

Fairview Heights police arrest magazine sellers, issue warning

Two men were arrested Tuesday after Fairview Heights residents complained about solicitors attempting to sell magazines door to door.

Police were called shortly after 5 p.m. to the 200 block of Blanc Lee Drive by a citizen who was concerned about the solicitors.

Michael D. McIntosh, 24, of 4550 N. Clarendon, Chicago, was arrested for a parole violation. He was transferred to the St. Clair County Jail to be held for Illinois Department of Corrections.

Dashon M. Hunter, 34, of 428 Garden St., Wilson, North Carolina, was charged for soliciting without a permit. He subsequently was released from custody.

Fairview Heights Police are reminding residents to be alert of solicitors in neighborhoods. Persons soliciting for commercial purposes in Fairview Heights are required to have and display a permit issued by the city.

Solicitors are prohibited from soliciting after dark. They are prohibited from knocking on doors or contacting residents who have "do not solicit" signs. Also, they are prohibited from refusing to leave when told to do so by a resident.

If you see unregistered solicitors, or are suspicious of solicitors in your neighborhood, call the police.

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