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Teen sent to youth camp

March 12, 1998

Teen sent to youth camp

A 16-year-old boy who had a knife at Williamsport High School last month was placed at a youth camp Wednesday by Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell.

The reason for that placement had nothing to do with the knife incident, but was for violation of an earlier probation.

The Feb. 18 knife incident occurred after the teen had been implicated in drug activity and a shoplifting incident, according to Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Susan Lochbaum.

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Despite an assessment of no drug use, the teen earlier admitted he was selling drugs, keeping them in a lock box that authorities found earlier this year.

The Department of Juvenile Justice recommendation was for placement in the short-term Hickey School Impact Unit in Baltimore.

Defense attorney Michael Morrissette argued for the boy to go home after his recent stint at the Noyes Detention Center in Rockville, Md.

He asked for probation, at least until the boy is formally charged with the knife incident.

But McDowell ordered the youth camp placement because of violent mood swings, incidents of hitting walls and the drug selling.

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