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Juvenile court briefs

July 13, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

15-year-old boy admits to slapping girl,



A 15-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to second-degree assault for slapping a girl in January.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the boy's case be transferred to the jurisdiction of the Caroline County Department of Juvenile Services.

He has been placed in a community residential program in that county and is familiar to that department, a Caroline County Department of Juvenile Services representative said.

On Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m., the boy "smacked" a girl in the face after she made a comment to him while the two were at Springfield Middle School, Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said.

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Boy admits to cutting tires on relative's car



A 16-year-old boy was ordered detained until a Friday review after he admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court that he cut the tires on a relative's car in April.

The youth admitted to malicious destruction of property worth less than $500.

Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said witnesses told police that the boy walked up to a 1989 Plymouth parked April 14 in Hagerstown and "was observed cutting the tires with a knife."

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, delayed the youth's disposition - the juvenile equivalent of sentencing. He said he was considering placing the teen on house arrest pending his disposition, but he changed his mind.

Beachley ordered that the boy be detained at least until Friday, when he will review the youth's detention.

The boy told Beachley that he never had been at a youth detention facility, but had been placed at other facilities through juvenile services.

Before ordering that he be detained, Beachley told the youth, who was dressed in a suit, "You look excellent. You seem polite today. You've been treated with respect and civility ... The victims have been quiet, but your mom says you're out of control, you don't listen."

Since the youth has been on probation, Beachley told him, "Your behavior should be exemplary."

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