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Juvenile court briefs

August 03, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Teen admits guilt in marijuana case



A 17-year-old Middletown, Md., boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.

The boy's disposition - the juvenile equivalent of sentencing - was ordered transferred to Frederick County.

A Maryland State Police trooper stopped the youth, who was driving a truck on U.S. 40 near Mount Aetna Road on May 13 at about 3:30 a.m., after he saw the truck weaving in traffic, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

The trooper smelled marijuana and alcohol, and he asked the boy if he could search his truck, to which the boy agreed, Flores said. When the trooper found a glass pipe in the center console, the boy said, "'I am so screwed,'" Flores said.

The boy proceeded to tell the trooper that the reason he was "so screwed" was because, he said, "'I've got like an ounce'" of marijuana, Flores said.

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The boy had 52.8 grams of marijuana in four different bags, Flores said. A scale and alcohol also were found in the truck, she said.




Teenage girl placed under house arrest



A 15-year-old girl who admitted Wednesday to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was ordered placed on house arrest pending her disposition by Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, who was sitting in juvenile court.

The girl was a passenger in a stolen red car that was involved in a hit-and-run accident on North Cannon Avenue on June 19 at 7:23 p.m., Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

The red car took off from the accident, but police caught up to it and found the girl "holding a 1-year-old child between her legs in the passenger seat," Flores said.

The case against the girl who allegedly was driving the car was continued Wednesday. Flores said that the owner of the red car had given his keys to one of the girls, a family friend, to retrieve a car seat out of the car earlier in the day.

Beachley ordered a predisposition investigation for the girl. He told her that she would not be allowed to have friends over without an adult present and that she must wear her anklet at all times.

"If you cut off that bracelet, you'll get locked up in a jail," Beachley told the girl.




Teen admits theft from locker room



A 15-year-old boy admitted to misdemeanor theft Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court in connection with taking items from students after they left a high school locker room.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the youth, who also admitted to violating his prior probation, be placed on indefinite supervised probation.

"He'll be sent away if he violates probation," Beachley said. He ordered the youth to serve 30 hours of community service by September and write letters of apology to the victims within 15 days.

An administrator at Clear Spring High School called police April 7 after a student reported to him that he saw the 15-year-old wearing "a black leather belt belonging to another student," Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

The youth was also reportedly seen playing a portable Sony game belonging to another student, she said.

It was discovered that a few youths had discovered items, including cell phones, the game and a belt, missing when they returned to the high school locker room from practice, Flores said. The boy admitted a few days later that he took the items, she said.

The boy owes $326.98 in restitution, Flores said.

The boy's attorney, Wiley Rutledge, said, "He steals this stuff and then he advertises it. It made me think he kind of wanted to get caught."

The youth's mother said that the boy "wanted to spend more time with his father," but she was surprised he acted out in this manner to get his parents' attention.

"This was a real eye opener," the mother said.

She said that the family is now "all together" after the couple rearranged their work activities to include the youth.




Teenager admits he pushed police officer



A 15-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to second-degree assault for pushing a police officer into a fence in May.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the boy placed on house arrest pending an August disposition - the juvenile equivalent of sentencing.

A boy complained to police that he was assaulted by three youths in the 100 block of High Street on May 30 at 2:41 a.m., Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

Police caught up to the group in the 500 block of Church Street, where they saw the boys go into a house, two of whom ran out the back door, Flores said.

When an officer ordered the 15-year-old to stop, the boy pushed the officer against a fence, but was then taken into custody, Flores said.

Beachley ordered that the boy have no contact with his mother or grandparents who live in the area where the incident occurred. He was ordered to remain in the care of his father.

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