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Youth admits to charges

January 21, 2005

A 16-year-old Falling Waters, W.Va., boy admitted to motor vehicle charges Wednesday in juvenile court. The charges were related to an Aug. 10, 2004, incident in which he was alleged to have driven a 93-year-old woman to the bank so she could pay him for yard work he didn't perform.

The disposition for the youth was delayed so members of the Department of Juvenile Services could get his juvenile record from West Virginia. He was detained pending his disposition, which is scheduled for next week.

On Aug. 10, 2004, the youth drove the 93-year-old woman in a purple Lincoln Continental to the drive-up window at M&T Bank in Williamsport, where the woman wrote checks for the youth and a man who was in the back seat, said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores.

The bank teller indicated something "seemed suspicious" and the vehicle, which the youth was not authorized to drive, was later found parked at a Williamsport convenience store, Flores said.

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Flores said that the woman suffers from short-term memory loss. She said someone does the woman's yard work at no cost.

Flores said that when the youth was arrested he told the officer, "I am not worried about what happens. I am a juvenile and nothing will ever happen to me."

The youth's mother testified that the boy is not in school, but is supposed to enroll in a "transitionary school," in September.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered research into the youth's background and said that the boy would be in "transition" at a detention facility pending his disposition.

- Pepper Ballard

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