Absence from school could mean removal from home
A Washington County Circuit Court judge made a promise to a 17-year-old graffiti "artist" Wednesday in juvenile court.
"If you miss one day of school, I'll take you out of your home," said Judge John H. McDowell to the Maugansville teen, who pleaded guilty to two counts of malicious destruction of property.
The school promise came about when McDowell learned the teen has missed 33 days of school this year.
The two counts of graffiti he admitted to were to a trash bin at Freddie's Express on Northern Avenue in December and a North End apartment building wall on Oct. 31.
Hagerstown City Police first spotted the teen in a vehicle in the parking lot of a Northern Avenue fast-food restaurant at 2:20 a.m. Dec. 5, police said.