Teen involved in fire to be held until sentencing

November 11, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

A 16-year-old boy who admitted his part in one trash bin fire and the destruction of a soda machine last August was ordered detained Wednesday until sentencing in Washington County Juvenile Court.

"This was a very dangerous situation," said Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell.

Shortly after midnight on Aug. 31, fires were set in two trash bins behind 21 W. Antietam St., according to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Susan Lochbaum.

At 10:48 p.m. that same day, a soda machine at the Baltimore Street Car Wash was destroyed, she said.

On Wednesday, McDowell got a picture of a custody problem with this 16-year-old.

An aunt, who took the boy when his mother said she couldn't handle him anymore, stood up in court Wednesday and said the boy wasn't in school and wasn't working.

"He sits around," she said. "I told him he has to work."

She said she got him a job during the summer but he often failed to go.


"I didn't feel like walking out there to work," the teenager told McDowell.

His past juvenile file began in October 1997, when his mother said he was out of control. She later moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Since then there have been false fire alarms, a breaking-and-entering incident at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds and an assault at Williamsport High School.

"Now we have setting fires and property damaged," McDowell said. "It's a very serious matter."

This teen, another juvenile and two 18-year-olds were apprehended and charged in both the latest incidents.

The second juvenile is awaiting a hearing, according to Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh, who investigated the trash bin incidents.

Gayle P. Younker, of 55 Randolph Ave., and Nicole Martha Kozlowski, no fixed address, are scheduled for trial in Washington County District Court Dec. 15 on two counts each of arson/Dumpster (30-day maximum sentence) and one count malicious destruction of property, Hersh said.

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