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Juvenile Court Briefs

April 29, 2005

16-year-old boy put on probation


A 16-year-old boy was handed the adult equivalent of probation before judgment after he admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to driving while impaired in February.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the boy, whose blood alcohol content was measured at .07 in connection with the Feb. 19 offense, be placed on indefinite supervised probation.

Probation before judgment is a conditional avoidance of imposition of sentence after conviction; failure to satisfy the conditions may cause imposition of sentence after a finding of violation of probation.

The boy was pulled over by a Hagerstown Police Department officer in the 400 block of Dual Highway for not having his license plate illuminated, said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores. His eyes "were bloodshot and glassy and a strong odor of alcohol was emanating from the vehicle," she said.

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The boy, when given the chance to speak, said, "I'd like to apologize to everybody, especially to my family. I've obviously put them through a lot."

Wright told the boy that he can earn his way off of supervision and can earn his way off of probation, which could last until his 18th birthday.

He ordered the boy to serve 30 hours of community service by June 15.

Brother, sister admit to stealing games


A brother and sister admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to their involvement in breaking into a home in March and stealing a PlayStation 2 and video games.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, delayed disposition for the boy, 15, who admitted to third-degree burglary. The girl, 16, who admitted to conspiracy to commit burglary, was handed a suspended community residential or special programs placement and was placed on probation.

On March 29, the boy "broke down the front door" to a home in the 900 block of Lanvale Street, assaulted a male there, "stole the PlayStation 2 and two games and left the residence," said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores. She said the boy kicked the male while his sister, who was with her brother, punched him.

The brother and sister were dropped off at the house by their mother, who was driving a minivan, and were picked up by their mother after the burglary, Flores said.

Wright questioned whether the mother was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Flores said she would check into it.

Wright then questioned what types of facilities would be available for the girl, who has been on community detention, citing concerns that she was not being properly supervised.

"I'm not so interested in punishment," Wright said. "I'm interested in control at this point."

Boy put on probation for punching incident


A 14-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court that he punched another youth in January near Hartle's Subs. He was placed on indefinite supervised probation by Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court.

On Jan. 12, at about 2:48 p.m., police found a boy at Hartle's Subs, at 1301 Marshall Street, whose eyes "were red, bruised and swollen" after being punched in the face while wearing glasses, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

Flores gave the following account of the assault: The 14-year-old boy had been walking in a nearby alley, thought a rock was thrown at him and confronted a group of youths who were in the alley, believing that they had thrown the rock at him. One of the boys in the group told the 14-year-old boy to hit him after he took off his glasses and handed them to another youth, who was also wearing glasses. The 14-year-old boy then "hit the boy who was holding the glasses."

"I assume the guy who got hit with the glasses was skinnier and shorter" than the other boy, Wright posed.

He then questioned the youth. The boy said he thought he was hitting the boy who took off his glasses.

Flores said the victim is owed more than $1,000 in restitution for medical bills.

"You're a big fellow," Wright told the youth. "You're strong, you can hurt - if you don't control your temper - you can hurt someone else."

"At your age ...," Wright continued. "You've got to learn to control your temper and this is one of the reasons ... A guy smaller than you hits somebody else, they're probably not going to cause $1,000 worth of injury."

Investigation ordered for girl in assault


Disposition was delayed Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court for a 14-year-old girl who admitted she punched a Springfield Middle School teacher in January.

"She attacks a teacher ... I want to know more about her," said Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court. He placed the girl on community detention pending the completion of a background investigation. He set her disposition for May 25.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores gave the following account of the assault: On Jan. 4, at about 8:30 a.m., the girl was in school and was called a profane name by another student. The 14-year-old girl challenged that student to call her that name again or she'd hit her. When the student took the dare, the 14-year-old girl hit her. "There were shoes flying, books flying...(the teacher) got the girls separated by about 10 feet," she said.

Flores said that the 14-year-old girl then punched the teacher with a closed fist between eight and 10 times.

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