Police chief’s house shot after she shut down kids lemonade stand

July 22nd, 2011 by Staff

MIDWAY, GA (WTOC) - A small town police chief who gained national attention after shutting down a lemonade stand has been moved out of her home after somebody shot at it with a pellet gun.

Police said Midway Police Chief Kelli Morningstar and her family were relocated for safety after the incident.

Morningstar has been the subject of some scrutiny after she and a rookie police officer shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park.

Police said the girls standing and waving their signs dangerously close to the road. “They were unsupervised so that was the first concern that we had,” said Officer Duvale Page Sr. “With no parents in sight, we chose to let the young ladies know they couldn’t sell the lemonade that way.”

The girls had been operating the stand in the town of less than 2,000 residents for one day when the chief and another officer drove by. According to town ordinances, the girls needed a business license, peddler’s permit and food permit to operate. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.

City officials say they’ve cited and ticketed about a dozen unlicensed vendors for selling door-to-door or on street corners, based on instructions from the mayor and council to enforce the ordinances.

The girls’ mother stands by the fact the chief should not have told her daughters they were not allowed to sell lemonade, but no one should have gone to the extreme of shooting at the chief’s house.

Midway’s mayor says that the Midway Police Department cannot comment on the incident at the police chief’s house.

The girls have since moved their lemonade stand to a different spot at a Farmer’s Market in Richmond Hill.

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