Washington County Court briefs

December 11, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Teen admits to pot, weapons charges

A Hagerstown teen who was turned into police twice by his mother admitted in a Washington County Juvenile Court hearing to unauthorized use of his mother's car and possession of marijuana in September.

The 16-year-old boy, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, also admitted to possession of a deadly weapon on school property in November.

An admission in juvenile court is the equivalent to a guilty plea in an adult proceeding.

The boy's sentencing phase was delayed until January.

Assistant State's Attorney Steven C. Kessell said the boy's mother called Hagerstown City Police twice in September.

On Sept.24, she told officers the boy had left a small bag containing marijuana in her car. On Sept. 27, she said her son had stolen her car.

Kessell said on Nov. 13 police were called to the Antietam Academy, formerly the Washington County Alternative School, for a disturbance. A student there said the same boy had used a window scraper to threaten him into giving up a grape soda.


The boy is being held at the Western Maryland Children's Center detention facility near Hagerstown.

Cops say car has secret compartment

A secret compartment containing bits of crack cocaine, after-market electronic add-ons and high mileage are reasons prosecutors hope will be enough to keep from giving back a Dodge Intrepid seized by Hagerstown City Police in October.

According to documents filed Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court, Hagerstown City Police seized the 1998 Dodge after learning it was connected to a possible drug smuggling operation. The registered owner of the car is Jamie Lynn Winters of 16943 Alcott Road.

On Oct. 25, police stopped the car after seeing the driver was not wearing a seat belt. He was released after police found he did not have any drugs on him, court documents said.

Officers inspecting the car noticed two electronic switches that had been added inside the car: one in the fuse box and one near the hood release.

A Maryland State Police expert inspected the car further and found a compartment that had small pieces of crack cocaine inside. Police also found documents inside the vehicle that showed the car had traveled 27,000 miles between April and Oct. 25.

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