Juvenile court briefs

March 05, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Girl admits to theft, destroying property

A 17-year-old Hagerstown girl was placed on community detention pending sentencing on charges of misdemeanor theft and malicious destruction of property.

She admitted to the charges Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said the girl destroyed several items, including a dinner set, a glass globe, a candy dish and a phone line, at a home on Elm Street Dec. 5.

On a separate occasion, Aug. 24, the youth went to Wal-Mart with another juvenile and attempted to leave the store with more than $500 worth of merchandise in a shopping cart.

Flores said the girl, who had two previous assault charges on parent figures, had been released from San Mar Childrens Home in May 2003 and has recently learned that she is pregnant.

Teens' dispositions in assault postponed

Two teenagers' dispositions on second-degree assault charges were postponed Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court pending pre-disposition investigations.

A 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy each pleaded guilty Wednesday to kicking and punching another youth on Oct. 31 on Avalon Avenue, sending the victim to the hospital with a broken bone and a cut.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the 15-year-old, who had been on probation, to serve community detention pending sentencing. He ordered the 16-year-old to adhere to a 7 p.m. curfew pending their sentencing.

The youths' attorney, Lewis Metzner, said there was another youth involved in the fight.

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