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Juvenile court briefs

February 01, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

Girl admits to driving without permission



A 15-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court that she took her mother's car without her permission in November 2006.

The girl, who admitted to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, was placed on community detention pending the completion of an investigation in preparation for her Feb. 28 disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing.

On Nov. 4 about 1:30 p.m., the girl was found sitting next to her mother's wrecked car in the area of Eastwood Drive and Cherry Tree Circle, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

The girl, who was sitting with a friend, told the deputy who responded to the accident that her mother's car had drifted from her driveway and she was trying to get the car back, but didn't know how to drive a manual transmission and accidentally struck another vehicle, Flores said.

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A Ford was clipped after the 2003 Honda Accord made a U-turn into traffic, Flores said.

The deputy determined that the girl's friend had been driving the car when the collision occurred and that the two girls were not telling the truth about the accident, she said.

A Washington County Public Schools representative said the girl has received seven referrals for skipping class.




Youth admits to crack cocaine possession



A 17-year-old Baltimore boy admitted to possession of crack cocaine Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court and was ordered detained pending disposition.

The boy was a passenger in a car that was stopped Jan. 4 about 1:23 a.m. in the area of Locust and East Antietam streets when police found crack cocaine hidden in his mouth, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

When the driver of the car was approached, police noticed a "blunt behind his ear" and ordered the driver and passengers out of the car, she said.

The boy, who was sitting in the back seat, hung his head, which the arresting officer thought suspicious, and ordered the boy to open his mouth, Flores said.

The boy eventually spit out a piece of plastic wrapped around what appeared to be crack cocaine, she said. The substance tested positive for crack cocaine during a test, she said.




Teen not responsible for shooting window



A 13-year-old boy was found not responsible Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court in connection with shooting out a neighbor's car window with a BB gun in September 2006.

A couple testified separately in Washington County Circuit Court that they saw the youth holding a BB gun on his porch in the area of the 800 block of West Washington Street at different times the night of Sept. 27.

Neither testified they saw the boy fire the shot at their car window, which was found shattered the next morning.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, found the youth not responsible for the offense after a short adjudication hearing.

He told the couple, "It was probably this young man, but probably is not the standard we use in criminal court or juvenile court. It has to be beyond a reasonable doubt."

Beachley told the youth to "be polite and courteous" to his neighbors who took the witness stand Wednesday.

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