By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A Pulaski woman who claims she was going door-to-door attempting to find work was fined $100 after being convicted Tuesday of soliciting without a license.
Roberta Marie Thorne told Pulaski County General District Court Judge H. Lee Harrell that she was knocking on doors in a Pulaski neighborhood May 5 in an effort to find yard work when Pulaski Police Officer D.D. Waddell cited her.
Waddell said he found Thorne going door-to-door in the neighborhood when he responded to several complaints dispatchers received from residents regarding Thorne’s solicitations. According to the officer, residents complained that Thorne was also asking for money.
Although Thorne left in a vehicle with two other people after Waddell confronted her, he said residents of the same neighborhood started calling again a short time later, saying Thorne had returned and was going door-to-door.
At that point, Waddell cited Thorne under a Pulaski Code that requires solicitors to obtain a license from the town before approaching residents for charity donations or other solicitations.
Thorne provided no evidence other than to say she was looking for work, not money.
Judge Harrell convicted her of the charge and fined her $100, plus court costs of $81.
Court records show Thorne has a prior conviction of soliciting without a license, in addition to more than two dozen convictions for offenses including larceny, welfare fraud, trespassing, drinking in public, purchasing alcohol for a minor, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a concealed weapon, making a false report to police, forgery and shoplifting.