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April 29, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Probation ordered in boy's theft of car


A 16-year-old who admitted in juvenile court Wednesday to stealing a car belonging to the father of his friends was ordered placed on indefinite supervised probation.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said that on Feb. 5, the father of two teenage sons with whom the 16-year-old had been visiting called police at about 1 a.m. to say his car had been stolen.

She said police found the 16-year-old driving the man's car with its headlights off. The man's sons were in the car, she said.

"He could have wrecked that car and there could have been more serious consequences," Flores said.

The 11th-grader has had 19 absences so far this year, a Washington County Public Schools representative testified.

The youth's mother testified that the boy has changed his behavior since the incident.

The youth said, "I just want to say how foolish it was for me to do that."

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Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, agreed that the youth's actions were foolish.

"Headlights out on the Dual Highway. ... It is serious," he said.

Sentence is delayed in marijuana case


An 18-year-old who admitted to unlawful possession of marijuana Wednesday in juvenile court refused in February to let police into his home, but his mother, who was on the phone with him at the time, gave police permission to search, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

She said that on Feb. 26 a Maryland State Police trooper got the tag numbers for a vehicle that had been seen near a fight in which someone waved a gun. The trooper traced the car back to the 18-year-old's home, and the teenager answered the door. He told police they could not search his house without a warrant, Flores said.

But the youth, who police said was belligerent, had called his mother and she consented to the search, Flores said. Police found a cigarette lighter that looked like a gun and 2.6 grams of marijuana, she said.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley delayed the youth's disposition until late May to allow time for him to be evaluated.

'A' student is given probation in assault


After hearing that a 15-year-old who admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to second-degree assault has an "A" average in school, a Washington County judge ordered the youth placed on indefinite supervised probation.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said that on Feb. 9 the youth, while at North Hagerstown High School, came up behind a girl, grabbed her purse and caused her to lose her balance.

"He's at Antietam Academy now. And I've been told he's one of the best kids they have. ... They called him an angel," she said.

A Washington County Public Schools representative said that although the youth has had 23 absences this past year, including seven that were documented at the alternative high school, he has a 90 percent grade in government and a 94 percent in art and acts as a leader among his peers.

North High Principal Robert "Bo" Myers testified that the youth "can be a good student."

"We'd be willing to take him back," Myers said.

The youth, when given a chance to speak, said: "I think, like, I learned a lot from this experience. ... I want to do what's needed, to stop playing these little games and starting acting like a young man like I'm supposed to be."

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the youth on indefinite supervised probation.

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