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Juvenile court briefs

January 15, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Three given probation for vandalizing home


Three Springfield Middle School boys were placed on indefinite supervised probation Wednesday after they admitted to breaking into a Boonsboro home in September and kicking and punching in drywall, glass to stoves and refrigerators, causing more than $13,000 worth of damage.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven C. Kessel said the 13-year-old boy did most of the damage.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the two younger boys, both 12, not to have contact with the older boy.

He ordered the 13-year-old to perform 25 hours of community service and to send a letter of apology to the victim after the restitution is settled.

Beachley admonished the youths for placing their parents in a costly situation.




Boy placed on home detention in bike theft


An eighth-grader who admitted to stealing a bicycle and trying to sell it last July was placed on home detention Wednesday.

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Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, told the youth, "You are this close to going out that door and going to a detention center."

The boy, who nodded his head without looking at Beachley, is being home-schooled by his mother.

A Washington County Public Schools official said in court that the youth left Western Heights Middle School after receiving 22 referrals in his last year there.

Beachley ordered the youth to repay the owner of the bicycle $172.80 for damages incurred when the boy tried to dismantle parts of the bike to sell them, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven C. Kessel said.




Teen who stole gun told to follow mother's rules


A teenager who admitted to stealing his grandfather's gun from his Clear Spring home in September was told Wednesday to stay with his mother and follow her rules until a February disposition.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, told the youth that his crime was a felony.




Teen ordered to wear a detention anklet


Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered an 18-year-old who admitted to punching and kicking his mother as a juvenile to live with one of his grandmothers until disposition of his case and to wear a detention anklet.

The teenager, who admitted to cursing at his mother and not cooperating with police at the time of his arrest, was living with his other grandmother before the trial. When Beachley asked the woman whether there were firearms in her house that could be removed, she replied that the weapons had to stay.

The boy's other grandmother said she could get rid of the weapons that were in her home and said the teenager could stay with her.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven C. Kessel, asked that a psychological evaluation and a pre-disposition investigation be completed before a February hearing.

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