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Juvenile court briefs

January 11, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

Girl admits to vandalism at museum



A 12-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to malicious destruction of property for kicking out windows to an antique train on the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum grounds in October 2006.

The girl was ordered to serve indefinite supervised probation for the vandalism, which caused more than $3,000 in damage.

The girl was ordered to pay half of the damages. A 13-year-old girl admitted to her involvement in December. She also was ordered to serve indefinite supervised probation.

Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said the girls were seen "kicking and breaking out the windows" to a 1948 engine parked near the museum in the 300 block of South Burhans Boulevard on Oct. 11, 2006.

The 12-year-old girl on Wednesday told Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., sitting in juvenile court, that the girls saw another boy throwing rocks at the windows that day and told him not to throw rocks.

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"She started kicking them out, so I kicked out one," she said.

"Those people didn't deserve to have their locomotive damaged," Long told the girl.




Teen girl admits to stealing sneakers



A 17-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., girl admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to misdemeanor theft for stealing a pair of sneakers from a Valley Mall store in October.

The girl was ordered by Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., sitting in juvenile court, to serve indefinite supervised probation for the offense.

"It's not a good thing to come over to Maryland and steal," Long said. "Now, you're going to be branded as a thief."

Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said the girl walked out of Sears at Valley Mall on Oct. 20, 2006, wearing a pair of Reebok sneakers that she stole from the store.

Kessell said she placed her old sneakers in the shoebox in place of the new sneakers.

The store was able to get back the sneakers, which were valued at $62.99, Kessell said.

Long ordered the girl to write a letter of apology to Sears.




Vehicle charge against girl dropped



An unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge was dropped Wednesday against a 14-year-old girl in Washington County juvenile court.

The girl was charged with taking a vehicle from San Mar Children's Home on Dec. 2, 2006, but two people affiliated with the home testified only that they knew the girl escaped from the home. They did not present any evidence about the vehicle.

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