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Judge holds youth who admitted carrying knife

March 18, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

After a 14-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court that he took a knife to school in November, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores requested that the youth not merely be placed back on probation.

"What are the consequences of this case?" she asked, adding that the youth was on probation at the time of the incident.

Flores said that Antietam Academy officials were searching for tobacco on Nov. 12 when the knife was discovered in the boy's pocket.

At first, Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the boy's disposition be delayed until Friday morning. He then ordered that the boy be placed in a detention center environment in the meantime.

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The boy, who showed no expression, was taken to a holding cell by a Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy.

Beachley then asked the youth's mother why the boy had a knife. She said he had been helping his "pappy" do renovations and that the knife was not for protection.

After Department of Juvenile Services employees discussed the low availability of beds in the youth detention centers, Beachley said he decided to hold the youth at the courthouse until after 1 p.m. Wednesday instead.

"I would think three or four hours back there ... That'll add to the effect - since he's locked up - as to what can happen," he said.

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