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Juvenile court briefs

April 08, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Judge orders youth held after theft


A judge ordered that a 17-year-old Hagerstown boy who admitted Wednesday to stealing three videotapes from the Hagerstown Wal-Mart on Jan. 20 be detained pending disposition of his case.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said that the youth was living with his pregnant girlfriend and she would rather he be sent to live with his mother.

"He's committing adult acts, he's going to be a father soon and yet he can't stop misbehaving," she said.

His mother stood in court to say that she would like her son to return home because she believes he's her responsibility until he turns 18.

"He does need some strict rules," she said.

The youth said he has a "temper problem" and when he lives with his mother "we fight like cats and dogs."

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Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the youth be detained pending a disposition next week.

"We'll see if this has any impact on the young man," he said.




Teen admits theft, placed on probation


A 17-year-old Hancock boy who admitted Wednesday to attempting to steal Nike shoes from J.C. Penney in Hagerstown on Jan. 2 was ordered placed on indefinite supervised probation.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said the youth, along with another youth, went to the department store's shoe department, left, did an "about face" and returned to the store, where they transferred a pair of Nike shoes from a box to a bag.

She said after the youths were caught, the shoes were returned to the store in sellable condition. The events occurred prior to the youth being placed on probation for a different incident.

A therapist to the youth and his mother testified that the boy was "getting some insight" and making steps toward changing his behavior.

His mother testified that after the incident, she pulled her son off the basketball team.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, commended the mother for her actions.

Addressing the youth, he said, "You're not an all bad person. You do some stupid things, correct?"

"Yes," the youth replied.

After telling the youth that he didn't see a need to remove him from the community, Beachley gave him a piece of advice: "Don't be a follower."




Teen who admitted assault is detained


A 17-year-old Hagerstown boy who admitted Wednesday to punching a girl in the face was ordered detained pending disposition of his case.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said that on Oct. 31 the youth and a girl stopped at a Sheetz convenience store and a boy stopped by the car to ask her to a party. After the two left the store, the 17-year-old youth repeatedly asked the girl if she wanted to go to the party, to which she repeatedly said no, but he punched her with a "closed fist" in the eye, Flores said.

Flores said she understood that "the mother of his two children" said he believed nothing would happen to him as a result of the offense.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the youth be detained until his disposition April 21.

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