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Juvenile court briefs

October 12, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Teen boy admits to accidental shooting



Disposition was delayed Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court for a 17-year-old boy who admitted to reckless endangerment for accidentally shooting a girl in the cheek with a pellet gun in July.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, told the boy that he takes weapons cases seriously. Beachley said he would have ordered the youth spend two weeks in detention if he had heard the boy intentionally shot at the girl.

Instead, Beachley said he would review the boy's file and delay his disposition. He suggested to the boy's parents that they consider pulling their son from his sports team for either a game or a couple of days to teach him a lesson, but he did not order that suspension.

Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said a 16-year-old girl was struck in the cheek with a pellet July 10 about 6:20 p.m. The boy, who was driving around with friends, had aimed a pellet gun out the driver's side window while stopped at a stop sign, he said.

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The boy's attorney, Gordon Lynn, said the boy was aiming at a stop sign and did not intend to hurt the girl, who, according to Kessell, said she thought the shot "seemed to be spontaneous."

She "heard a shot, a clink against (her) car and then a stinging sensation" on her cheek, Kessell said, reading from her letter.

The boy's parents said the pellet gun was kept by police.




Teen on probation for driving without a license



A 15-year-old boy admitted to driving without a license Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court and was ordered on indefinite supervised probation.

The boy was found riding a motor scooter in the wrong lane in the area of Maugansville and Showalter roads on July 22 about 6:30 p.m., Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the boy write a letter of apology to a Sheriff's Department deputy, who repeatedly has told the youth he cannot ride the scooter.




Teen girl admits to first-degree burglary



A 16-year-old girl admitted in Washington County juvenile court on Wednesday to first-degree burglary for hanging out in a Smithsburg home while its owners were on vacation.

Disposition was delayed for the girl by Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, who was sitting in juvenile court Wednesday.

Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said the homeowners returned from vacation on Aug. 14 about 8 a.m. and found a group of four teenagers in the home and empty beer bottles and pizza boxes in the house.

The juveniles ran out of the house when the owners arrived, he said. Kessell said the girl was asked to water plants and pick up newspapers while the family was away and used a key under a door mat to get into the house.

Kessell alleged several prescription pills, including methadone and OxyContin, were taken from the house.

Beachley ordered the girl continue on community detention pending her disposition.

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