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Aldermen meeting in committee Tuesday night rejected a curfew proposal for city youngsters but called for stepped-up police contact with juveniles younger than 15 who are found outdoors at night.

"We're stopping just short of enacting a curfew," Police Chief Patrick E. Brandow said. "But we are stepping up underage enforcement in making parental contact."

Brandow told aldermen enforcement will include issuing warning tickets or contact cards to youths. Those cards will be part of the tracking system requiring communication between police and parents within a 24- or 48-hour period, he said. Where appropriate, legal action also will be taken, he said.

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