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Teen placed on house arrest

A Washington County judge placed a 14-year-old on community detention for his alleged role in a weekend vandalism spree in the W

A Washington County judge placed a 14-year-old on community detention for his alleged role in a weekend vandalism spree in the W

July 31, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

One of two juveniles charged with causing about $10,000 in damage to vehicles parked in Hagerstown's West End during a vandalism spree Saturday was placed on community detention Tuesday.

The boys, ages 13 and 14, were charged with 42 counts of malicious destruction of property. Police did not release their names because of their ages.

Throughout the night, the vandals randomly hit cars and trucks parked on Salem Avenue, James Street, Winter Street, Church Street and Linganore Avenue, Hagerstown City Police Sgt. Dave Long said.

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The 14-year-old appeared Tuesday before Washington County Circuit Judge John McDowell, who was sitting in juvenile court, to determine if he should be detained pending trial.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Joe Michael said he was concerned that if the judge sent the juvenile home without restrictions, he might get into trouble again.

"A serious amount of damage was done," Michael said.

McDowell said he has a responsibility to protect the public, but that he would take the teenager's clean record and age into consideration.

"A situation occurred where a 14-year-old certainly should not have been on the street," said McDowell, referring to the early morning hours in which the incident occurred.

McDowell placed the juvenile on community detention, or house arrest, pending his trial. A juvenile on community detention may remain at home with certain restrictions.

The juvenile's parents told McDowell that their son is a freshman at South Hagerstown High School.

A detention hearing for the 13-year-old is expected to be today.

Police started receiving calls about the vandalism about 2 a.m. Saturday, Long said.

In most cases, side-view mirrors were broken, and windows were smashed on several cars.

Police were two steps behind the culprits all night until about 6 a.m., when an unidentified resident allegedly caught one of the boys in the act and held him until police arrived.

That boy led police to the second youth, Long said.

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