Juvenile court briefs

April 20, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Teen on probation for punching another boy

A 15-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court that he punched another boy in the mouth at a school bus stop in December 2005.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the boy on indefinite supervised probation and ordered him to pay $665 to the victim's father by Sept. 1 for medical bills incurred as a result of the Dec. 19, 2005, incident.

The boy, who had approached the victim with a group of boys, "punched (the victim) in the face with a closed fist" after the victim got off a school bus on Alpine Drive in Maugansville, said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion. One of the victim's teeth punctured his mouth, she said.

The victim's mother expressed concern about the 15-year-old's grasp of the charge's consequences, alleging that not long after the incident, the 15-year-old continued to have contact with her son.


The 15-year-old's grandfather and guardian said the boy "has not been allowed with this gang since it happened. He's not allowed outside the home."

The boy apologized to the victim and his parents.

Beachley told the youth, "It doesn't sound to me like you're a bad kid. It sounds to me like you did something really stupid ... it also sounds like you were hanging out with some real knuckleheads and you're gonna change that, right?"

The boy nodded.

Beachley ordered the boy to adhere to a 9 p.m. curfew and have no contact with known delinquents, among other probation conditions.

Teen put on four months of probation

A 17-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to disorderly conduct, but also admitted he was confused about Constitutional rights at the time of his confrontation with a police detective.

On Jan. 26, the boy interrupted a conversation between a Hagerstown Police Department detective and a man the detective was interviewing in the 600 block of Taylor Avenue in connection with an armed robbery, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said.

The boy told the person the detective was interviewing, "You don't have to tell him anything," Cirincion said. The boy proceeded to tell the detective after he was admonished for his interruption that "You don't have to tell me what to do," she said. The boy would "not quiet down," Cirincion said.

The boy's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Stephen Musselman said, "He thought it was his right to tell someone they have a right not to speak."

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, said that in this case, "They're investigating an armed robbery. They have a right to talk with your friend."

The boy explained that he got involved in the conversation because "I know how (police) get it. I said, 'Don't say nothing wrong. You ain't gonna have no problem.'"

Beachley explained to the boy, "Until you pass the Maryland bar, you're not entitled to be his street lawyer. Not everybody on the street can come up and be a Constitutional lawyer."

He ordered that the boy serve four months of probation, which was ordered to be supervised by the Department of Juvenile Services.

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