Juvenile court briefs

July 07, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

17-year-old ordered to resume probation

A 17-year-old girl admitted in Washington County juvenile court Wednesday that she violated her probation when she brought a bag of marijuana to school, but the story she gave about how she got the drugs didn't convince the judge.

On April 14, an Antietam Academy behavior specialist heard that the girl had marijuana, prompting a school official to ask her to turn out her pockets and empty her purse, uncovering a bag containing 6.86 grams of marijuana, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

Flores said that the girl told a Hagerstown Police Department officer that she was walking to school that morning and the bag "was handed to her" by a man.

After the girl made her admission, and after her mother and representatives from a couple of groups spoke, the girl was ordered by Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, to resume probation under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Services for an indefinite period. He told the girl that it was the testimony of a representative from the Institute for Family Centered Services, a grant funded program through DJS, who convinced him she's made progress over the past month. The representative said that the girl has attended Narcotics Anonymous classes.


Beachley, after ordering her to remain on probation, asked the girl, "Honestly, it wasn't that someone just handed you a bag of marijuana?"

After some hesitation, the girl said her story was true. She said the man handed her a bag containing "Dum-Dum(s) suckers" and there was marijuana in it.

Cocking his head, Beachley told the girl, "It's hard for me to believe there's a marijuana fairy out there."

Pre-disposition is ordered for teen

Disposition was delayed Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court for a 15-year-old boy who admitted he punched two holes in his mother's apartment walls after two women refused to leave his home.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered a pre-disposition investigation for the youth, who admitted to malicious destruction of property.

He told the judge he previously had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It was the boy's first appearance in juvenile court, said his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Ben Thompson.

On May 8 about 11:30 p.m., a Hagerstown Police Department officer, who was called to his mother's Haven Road apartment, responded to a report of a disturbance there and found "the mother had him cornered in the kitchen with a chair."

There were two women in the apartment that the boy didn't want there, so "when these girls would not leave and his mother would not help him, he took his anger out on the walls and began to cut himself."

The boy's mother told Beachley that she since has moved to a house in Leitersburg and the boy's behavior has improved.

Beachley gave the boy a lesson on the law.

"All you have to do is pick up the phone and call the police," Beachley told the youth.

He said that police would arrive, check the lease and discover that those women didn't live there and were trespassing.

"That's all you have to do. You don't have to punch walls," Beachley told him. "You don't have to punch anyone."

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