Juvenile Court briefs

November 17, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

Boy not delinquent of disorderly conduct

A 17-year-old boy was found not delinquent Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court of a disorderly conduct charge.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, said, "I don't think on this evidence ... it can be concluded the defendant committed the offense."

The boy denied his involvement in the offense and asked for an adjudicatory hearing, the juvenile equivalent of a bench trial, on the charge.

Sheriff's Department Deputy 1st Class David Izat testified Wednesday that he was working at Valley Mall on July 29, assisting another deputy with an unrelated arrest, when he "heard a door fling open at the other end of the food court."


Izat testified he was about 250 feet away from the boy, but saw him "beating his fists against the window" of a car "so hard I thought it was going to break."

Izat testified there were about 10 or 12 people around him at the time of the incident.

After Izat - the prosecution's only witness - testified, the boy's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Stephen Musselman, told Beachley that he didn't think there was enough evidence to find his client delinquent.

He argued that Izat was too far away to actually see what had happened.

"I don't think it arises ... to a disorderly manner," he said.

15-year-old admits to conspiracy count

A 15-year-old boy admitted to conspiracy to commit second-degree malicious burning Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court.

The boy had poured gasoline onto some brush on Noland Drive, which other boys allegedly ignited, causing a brush fire on Aug. 18 at 8:17 p.m., Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

She said that the boy showed no remorse for helping start the fire and described himself as a "pyro" and a fire bug.

Flores asked that the boy's disposition be delayed so the Department of Juvenile Services could look into what programs might help him.

He was ordered detained pending the completion of a predisposition report.

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