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Juvenile court briefs

June 22, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Girl admits to assault of Sheriff's deputy



A 14-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court that she punched a county Sheriff's Department deputy and spit on him in May while he tried to stop her from running away.

The girl's disposition was transferred to the girl's native jurisdiction of Frederick County on Wednesday by Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., sitting in juvenile court.

The girl admitted to second-degree assault.

Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said the girl had run away from San Mar Children's Home in the early morning hours of May 19, and was being followed by a San Mar vehicle around Mapleville Road when the scene caught the attention of Deputy 1st Class Tracy Peyton, who was off duty.

Peyton approached the girl, identified himself as a police officer and told the girl to stop, but instead, Michael said, she "struck him twice with her fist about his head and then spit in his face."

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A Department of Juvenile Services representative said the department likely will recommend that the girl be placed in a residential treatment center.

Long ordered that the girl remain in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Services pending her disposition - the juvenile equivalent of sentencing.




Teen girl admits to stealing mother's car



A 14-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court that she stole her mother's car while her mother was at work.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., sitting in juvenile court, ordered the girl to serve indefinite supervised probation, but ordered that the first 45 days be served on house arrest. He gave the girl a 9 p.m. curfew, among other conditions, and ordered that she work with the Department of Juvenile Services and counselors to resolve issues between the girl and her mother.

Long asked the girl what guarantee he has that she will not run away again, a pattern, he said, that was evident in her file.

"I'm tired of running away ..." the girl told Long. She added that she also is tired of getting into trouble.

On May 24, the girl's mother found her sport utility vehicle missing from her parking spot at work, and called police about 6:45 p.m. to report it stolen, Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said. The mother told police that her daughter had run away from home and believed the girl took the vehicle, he said.

When the mother got home, she discovered her keys were missing, too, Michael said. The girl and the vehicle later were found involved in an accident in Smithsburg, he said.

Michael alleged that during her time missing with the vehicle, the girl stole $25.22 worth of gas from a Sheetz convenience store.

He suggested that the mother, who works 60 hours a week, needs to supervise her daughter more or "there's going to be more problems."

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