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Teenager who made bomb threat sent to Noyes Detention Center

April 19, 2001

Teenager who made bomb threat sent to Noyes Detention Center



By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

A 15-year-old boy who admitted calling in a bomb threat to South Hagerstown High School on March 2 was sent to the Noyes Detention Center in Rockville, Md., Wednesday to await his fate.

The teenager, who told Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley he would prefer to go home with his mother, also admitted breaking into a Howard Street home on Feb. 20 and stealing a cellular telephone.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Susan Lochbaum said the bomb threat came into the 911 Center at 8:06 a.m. and was traced to a pay telephone at 47 E. Washington St.

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Hagerstown City Police Officer Doug Hay began an investigation that led to the teenager on March 6. At that time, Officer Shawn Schultz also got a tip about the identity of the caller, police reports said.

"The 911 tape was played from when the incident occurred," Lochbaum said. "His mother said it was him."

Lochbaum said the boy told investigators he did it because he was hoping school would be canceled, court records said. Instead, the students were evacuated briefly while the school was checked and then classes resumed.

The Feb. 20 breaking and entering involved the theft of a $100 cellular telephone from a kitchen table in a house the teenager had visited earlier that day.

Confronted later, he admitted being at the house and returning later, pushing open the back door and taking the phone, Lochbaum said.

"He has been at the Finan Center in Cumberland since March 7," Lochbaum told Beachley. "Problems began the very next day ... aggressive behavior, some damages."

While admitting he was out of line at the Finan Center, the youth told Beachley he would rather go back there than to Noyes.

That sentiment was echoed by the boy's mother who, while admitting she was somewhat afraid of her son, said she would rather have him at home than at Noyes.

Beachley agreed with Lochbaum that the teenager had squandered his chances at the Finan Center and ordered him to Noyes pending disposition.

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