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Youths placed on detention

October 28, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Two 15-year-old boys who were in juvenile court Wednesday for a detention hearing on charges that they threw homemade bombs onto a porch Sunday were placed on community detention pending their dispositions.

A Department of Juvenile Services representative said that the youths each were charged with five counts of manufacturing a destructive device, one count of malicious destruction of property, three counts of reckless endangerment, one count of attempting to burn and five counts of use of a destructive device.

The representative, who declined to be named, said that the boys, who both attend North Hagerstown High School, made bombs out of soda bottles and other materials and threw them onto a Manor Drive balcony on Oct. 24.

According to a written release from the Hagerstown Fire Department, at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, the Hagerstown Police Department received calls that guns were being fired in the area of the Apartments on Manor Drive in Hagerstown. Officers found "several exploded devices on the balcony" of a residence in the first block of Manor Drive, according to the release.

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Through an investigation by The Hagerstown Fire Marshal's Office, "five detonated chemical soda bottle bombs" were found tossed onto the balcony, according to the release.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said she wanted one of the youths, who had been running away from home, to be placed in a juvenile facility until his disposition on the charges.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, placed the youths on community detention, where their activity will be monitored.

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