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Juvenile Court briefs

January 26, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Girl ordered to undergo evaluation



A 15-year-old girl was ordered placed at the Thomas B. Finan Center for a psychological evaluation and treatment Wednesday by a Washington County Circuit judge during a hearing held to determine whether she threatened her stepfather with kitchen knives at her Hagerstown home in November.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the girl be sent to the Cumberland, Md., psychiatric hospital's child and adolescent unit before a decision is made on what should be done as a result of the hearing. Wright found the girl delinquent after hearing testimony Wednesday.

Her attorney, Assistant Public Defender Stephen Musselman, had denied the girl's involvement on her behalf after Wright denied his request for a continuance. Musselman made the request because he said he could not communicate with the girl about the legal process and wanted to figure out whether she was legally competent when the incident occurred.

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Witnesses, including the girl's stepfather and mother, testified Wednesday that the girl is bipolar, out of control and does not take her medicine.

The girl's stepfather testified that he came home Nov. 16 and found the girl sitting down with two kitchen knives in her hands.

"She asked me where I was at," he testified. "I told her I don't have to answer to her and she took a swipe at me with one of the knives."

He testified that the girl was taken to Washington County Hospital after the incident and was placed in Brook Lane for treatment and therapy.




Brothers admit to spray painting vehicles



Two brothers admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court that they took part in spray painting vehicles in September.

The boys, ages 16 and 17, were placed on indefinite supervised probation by Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court.

Wright asked them both to write letters of apology to the victims and ordered them each to pay $709.50 in restitution within six months.

Six vehicles were sprayed and more than $2,000 in restitution was owed to the victims, Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said.

Another juvenile charged with spray painting already had been in juvenile court on similar charges.

On Sept. 15 at 9:30 p.m., a Sheriff's Department deputy responded to the 10900 block of Lincoln Avenue after someone reported their car was spray painted, Kessell said. When the deputy arrived, he was told by another resident that her car was spray painted, too, Kessell said.

Upon one of the cars, "BIK" was spray painted, Kessell said.

When the older of the boys was asked by Wright what "BIK" meant, the boy said, "Bike, like bicycle" and motioned with his hands like he was steering something.

The boy told him that it was his first time spray painting, which Wright told him he found hard to believe.

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