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Juvenile court briefs

September 30, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Boy admits to breaking video game


A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court that he broke a Nintendo GameCube with a 25-pound weight after being told he couldn't play.

On June 16, a woman reported that a few days earlier, her sons were playing a wrestling video game on the GameCube when the youth entered the room and asked if he could play, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said. "He was told no, he couldn't play," Flores said.

After a brief altercation, one of the woman's sons threw a soda at the youth. The 16-year-old boy then threw a 25-pound weight, which hit the GameCube, "breaking the system and the game inside," Flores said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, who had earlier given the youth a hard time for appearing tired in court, read the youth's school grades and acknowledged that they were high.

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"You can do it, so you're going to be held to that standard," Wright told the youth.

Wright ordered the youth placed on indefinite supervised probation and ordered that he pay $128 in restitution within two weeks to the woman who reported the incident.




Girl admits to smashing windshield


A 17-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in juvenile court that she punched a girl and then smashed the victim's grandmother's car windshield with a wooden board.

The 17-year-old was walking with friends in downtown Hagerstown on July 19 when she saw the victim and teased her about getting beaten up at a pool, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

Flores said that the girl then punched the victim in the head, which caused the victim to have a seizure. She said that when police officers responded to the scene, they saw the girl "waiving a 2-by-4 and striking a car."

The girl, when given a chance to speak, explained her actions. "I got angry and hit the windshield," she said. The girl said that the victim's mother, who had driven the victim's grandmother's car to the scene, had gotten "on top of me and was fighting me."

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the girl placed on supervised probation until her 18th birthday.

He ordered her to pay within a week $100 for the damage above insurance coverage to the victim's grandmother.

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