Juvenile court briefs

May 15, 2003

15-year-old to be tried as an adult

The case of a 15-year-old boy accused of forcing a youth home counselor into the trunk of the counselor's car and stealing the car in March was sent to adult court Wednesday during a juvenile court hearing.

Dallas Edward Evans, of Baltimore, is charged with robbery, auto theft, felony theft, unauthorized motor vehicle use, second-degree assault, false imprisonment, and conspiracy charges related to the robbery and auto theft charges.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, cited "substantial non-compliance with treatment" and "assaultive behavior," referring to a fractured hand Evans allegedly suffered after striking a boy at the Alfred D. Noyes juvenile detention center in Rockville, Md., where Evans was being held prior to the hearing Wednesday.

Michael James Allen, 17, of Baltimore, was charged along with Evans in the same incident and has already been charged as an adult.


According to the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Allen, Evans and a third boy allegedly forced a counselor at the Oak Hill House on Independence Road near Clear Spring into the trunk of his car on March 24.

The youths drove the car to Baltimore, and several hours later they dropped the counselor and his car off and ran away.

Kessell said after the hearing he did not know if the third boy was in police custody.

High school student banned from school

A 17-year-old boy will not be able to return to his high school, except possibly for graduation, after pleading 'involved' Wednesday to a second-degree assault at the school in March.

The 17-year-old approached another teenager at the school and began throwing punches, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steven Kessell said in court Wednesday. The other youth received a cut above his eye, he said.

Before sentencing, the boy said, "I'd like to apologize for this. I truly regret it."

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the boy to perform 20 hours of community service, and to take part in several programs.

Beachley also ordered him not to return to the school for any reason. Unless the boy receives permission from administrators, he cannot return for graduation exercises.

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