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Juvenile Court briefs

March 02, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Two teenagers admit to roles in robbery



Two Hagerstown teenagers admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to conspiracy to commit robbery in a January incident in which a man's cash and candy were stolen.

The robbery occurred after the 15-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl approached a man leaving Liberty gas station on Frederick Street on Jan. 22, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

The boy "grabbed a dollar out of his hand" and the girl proceeded to grab the man "around the neck," Flores said.

"They removed $20 from his pocket and fled the area," Flores said.

Flores said the girl told police the boy removed the money from the man's wallet.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., sitting in juvenile court, delayed the teens' dispositions- the juvenile equivalent of sentencings - so a background check could be performed on both.

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The boy, who had been on community detention prior to the hearing, was ordered to remain on community detention. The girl, who had been at the Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center, a Rockville, Md., youth detention facility, was ordered to serve community detention at her mother's home pending her next hearing. Community detention means a juvenile may remain at their home but must report to the Department of Juvenile Services.

The teens are due back in juvenile court March 29, at which time their dispositions will be pronounced.




Teenager admits to underage drinking



A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court that he violated a license restriction in December when he was stopped by a police officer and found with alcohol on his breath.

Other charges, including driving under the influence, were dropped during the hearing.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said the boy was pulled over in the area of Longmeadow Road at about 1 a.m. Dec. 29 because he allegedly was speeding. When pulled over, the boy told a Sheriff's Department deputy that he drank three beers before getting behind the wheel, she said.

The North Hagerstown High School student's parents took away his driving privileges and enrolled him in Health Department alcohol classes after the traffic stop.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., sitting in juvenile court, asked the teen why he was drinking.

"To fit in," the boy replied.

Long said, "That peer pressure's a tough thing sometimes." He then raised his voice and said, "That's no excuse."

He reminded the teen that drinking at his age is illegal and told him he didn't want to see him back in court.

He ordered the teen pay a $100 fine.




Boy who shot friend placed on detention



A 14-year-old boy admitted to reckless endangerment Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court, but his disposition was delayed pending the completion of a background investigation.

On Oct. 8, 2005, at about 7:30 p.m., a Hagerstown Police Department officer went to Washington County Hospital to meet with a boy who had been shot in the eye with a BB, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

The boy told the officer that he had been playing with friends in a Noland Village courtyard, shooting signs with BB guns, when he was struck with a pellet in the eye, she said.

The teen accused of the shooting, "had no intention of hitting the boy," Flores said.

She said that before his friend was shot, the 14-year-old was aiming at a sign and told the boy not to move because it was windy and he didn't want to accidentally shoot him.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., sitting in juvenile court, placed the boy on community detention pending the boy's March 29 disposition.




Judge detains boy who broke windshield



Disposition was delayed Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court for a 17-year-old boy who admitted to malicious destruction of property in the breaking of a van windshield in January.

Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said a woman was driving in the area of Taylor Avenue and Frederick Street on Jan. 24 when a group of people began throwing things at her van.

The teen "struck the windshield with what appeared to be a blue metal baseball bat," Flores said. He then allegedly told the woman that he knew where she lived.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., sitting in juvenile court, ordered a background check for the teen and delayed his disposition.

The teen was ordered detained at a youth facility pending a March 29 disposition.

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