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Juvenile court briefs

October 14, 2004

17-year-old admits to assaulting girl


A judge on Wednesday ordered a 17-year-old boy to remain at a juvenile offender facility after he admitted to a March assault on his then-girlfriend.

The youth has been committed to The Bowling Brook Preparatory School, a juvenile offender facility in Carroll County, Md., since he admitted to a different assault on the same girl, said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores.

On Wednesday, the youth admitted to second-degree assault in connection with a March 29 assault on his then-girlfriend. Flores said that the boy "pulled her hair and punched her with a closed fist all over her body" and then tried to choke her and hold a knife to her.

A Bowling Brook representative told Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, that the youth struggled with the facility's program and in the past lacked motivation, but now is headed in the right direction.

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Beachley warned the youth that if he doesn't do well at Bowling Brook he will be sent to another facility, to a place that "is not going to be nice."




Judge continues arson cases against boys


The cases against four boys charged with setting fire to a West Washington Street garage in July were continued Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores told Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, that she was seeking a continuance in order to allow time to negotiate the cases.

The boys, ages 8, 9, 9 and 13, were charged with setting fire to a four-unit garage at 895-897 W. Washington St. on July 22.

No one was in the vacant garage at the time of the fire, Assistant Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven has said.

The boys were charged about a month after the fire through the Department of Juvenile Justice with second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and reckless endangerment, DeHaven has said.

- Pepper Ballard

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