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Boys 'banished' from Hancock

August 14, 1997

Two teens who admitted painting graffiti on a Hancock building were "banished" from that town Wednesday by Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone.

The boys, ages 14 and 16, admitted one count each of malicious destruction of property on the Zimmerman's Auction building June 15-16.

Neither teen lives in Hancock.

Other charges, including more graffiti and setting a bench on fire, were dismissed in exchange for the pleas.

The older boy, who had been detained at the Finan Center in Cumberland, Md., was returned there pending sentencing in this case.

Assistant State's Attorney Duane Gigeous said Hancock Police Chief Donald Gossage had dispersed several youths from Canal Street earlier on June 15 for using tobacco.

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The next day, several buildings in that area had been spray-painted, Gigeous said.

The two teens were implicated in those incidents and the bench burning and charges were filed.

Both were found guilty and ordered to split $100 in restitution.

Gossage said he bought $25 worth of paint and instructed the younger boy to repaint the damage on Zimmerman's building.

That teen was returned to his mother's custody pending sentencing in the graffiti case.

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