Juvenile court briefs

September 23, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Teenager admits he took parents' van

A 17-year-old Boonsboro boy admitted that he took his parents' van without permission in July and was ordered to serve 30 days of community detention as part of an indefinite supervised probationary period.

On July 25, the youth's parents discovered that white paint had been sprayed on their Dodge Caravan and its sliding door was damaged as if it had been in an accident, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said.

The parents later called police to tell them that their son admitted to taking the van that night to go to a party, hit some newspaper boxes on his way home and then spray-painted the damaged area of the van white to make it appear like vandalism.

A member of The Department of Juvenile Services spoke with the youth's parents before recommending community detention as a part of his disposition. A department representative said it would teach the youth "that he cannot go as he pleases without notifying his parents."


The boy's mother said, "We're dealing with an extremely immature child whose energy levels are off the charts." The boy's parents earlier said he has attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder and has been diagnosed as being bipolar.

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell, sitting in juvenile court, told the youth that he was "very devious in trying to hide what happened."

"You're coming to the age that, in another year, you'll be an adult," McDowell told the youth. "Now's the time to try to mature as your mom said."

17-year-old admits to probation violation

Disposition was delayed on Wednesday for a 17-year-old boy who admitted to violating his probation by possessing marijuana in June.

On June 26, the youth was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies shortly before 11 p.m. after they clocked the vehicle going above the speed limit on Halfway Boulevard, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said.

A deputy approached the passenger side of the door and noticed marijuana on the boy's shirt, Kessell said. When questioned about it, the youth said "he had been working in the woods all day," Kessell said.

Kessell said that the youth was placed on supervised probation in February following a hearing in which he admitted to stealing lawn furniture.

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the youth be placed on community detention until his disposition.

McDowell warned the youth that a comment the boy made when he was caught stealing lawn furniture in September should not be an attitude he carries into the next hearing.

"You said nothing will be done about it," he said. "You should be dispelled of that idea."

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