Advertisement

Juvenile court briefs

February 12, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Judge sentences boy who kicked officer


A 15-year-old who admitted to kicking a police officer in October was sentenced to indefinite supervised probation Wednesday.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, told the Antietam Academy student, "You don't have a bad record. I'm going to give you probation, but you have to complete probation."

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessel told Beachley that on Oct. 30 the youth was kicked out of School Stadium at South Hagerstown High School during a football game and went across the street to a Maryland Avenue parking lot.

When a Hagerstown Police Department officer arrived at the parking lot, he found the teen-ager with a bottle of beer in his hands and took it away from him, he said. Kessel said when the officer attempted to detain the youth, he kicked him.

Advertisement

The teen's attorney, Washington County Public Defender Stephen Musselman, said, "He views this as a wake-up call. He knows that what he did was irresponsible, illegal" and disrespectful.

Beachley told the youth to apologize to the officer face-to-face.




Boy who stole $2 sent to juvenile detention


A 13-year-old boy who admitted to stealing $2 from a group of youths about his age in September was sent Wednesday into juvenile detention for a few days before sentencing as a "wake-up call."

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessel said in September the boy, along with two others, approached a group of youths playing football at Bester Elementary School and demanded that they empty their pockets. He said the youths had a total of about $2 and handed it over.

He said the victims said they were "embarrassed in front of their friends" by the incident.

A Washington County Public Schools official said the youth, who attends Antietam Academy, performs poorly in school and is "his own worst enemy."

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, sent the youth to juvenile detention until Friday when he will be sentenced.

"I'm trying to send him a message that he can be sent away," he said.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|