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Teenager charged as an adult

April 13, 1999

A teenager who allegedly said he was going to use a piece of glass to threaten the staff of the Juvenile Holdover Facility and escape was charged last week as an adult.

Jeffrey Lynn Ressinger, 19, of 123 1/2 S. Locust St., was being held today without bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

On March 24, Ressinger was being held in a Washington County Circuit Court holding cell awaiting a hearing in juvenile court, according to court records.

Earlier, Ressinger had turned himself in to police after having been a fugitive for more than a year on a juvenile petition issued when he was 17, court records said.

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While Ressinger was in the holding cell with a juvenile, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Waugh said he heard a noise and looked in through the secured window.

There he saw a juvenile down in the corner of the cell hiding something. He said he saw Ressinger standing in the center of the cell watching the juvenile, court records said.

Waugh and Cpl. Dennis Mummert went into the cell and separated the two boys. It was then that the deputies saw that a light fixture had been broken and a piece of broken glass was hidden in the corner of the cell.

Ressinger was searched and a large piece of glass was found hidden in his right sock at the outside of his ankle, court records said.

When asked what he was going to do with the glass, Ressinger told the deputy, "I was going to put it to the throat of one of the holdover people and escape," court records said.

Ressinger was charged with having a concealed deadly weapon, destruction of property and attempted escape.

- Marlo Barnhart

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