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Juvenile court briefs

February 08, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

Teen admits theft from student



A 17-year-old girl was released into the custody of her mother Wednesday after admitting to theft in Washington County juvenile court.

She faces a March 7 disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing.

On Nov. 28, 2006, the girl took $36 from another student's wallet she found at Williamsport High School, Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said during the hearing. Her admission violated the probation that she was on for another offense, said Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long, who was sitting in juvenile court.

The girl's mother agreed to let her stay at home, "if she follows the rules."




Teenager held after admitting crack sale



A 16-year-old boy was held in detention Wednesday after he admitted in Washington County juvenile court to selling crack cocaine to a police informant Nov. 4, 2006.

During a search, police found 14 separately wrapped pieces of crack cocaine, Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said.

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The boy was on probation at the time of his arrest, and he was charged days later with selling crack cocaine again, Kessell said.

The boy's mother said she wanted him home.

The boy does not attend school, although he completed 10th grade, he said.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long, who was sitting in juvenile court, ordered the boy held in detention until his March 7 disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing.




15-year-old admits to drinking beer



A 15-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to drinking beer.

In the early-morning hours of Aug. 2, 2006, police responded to a truck stop in Hancock to investigate another matter when they detected a strong odor of alcohol on the boy, who was found to have a blood alcohol level of .15, a state's attorney said during the hearing.

A Washington County Public Schools representative said the boy attended school regularly and school officials had no negative comments about him.

The drinking was an isolated incident, said Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison.

When Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long, who was sitting in juvenile court, asked the boy why he drank beer, the boy responded that he had felt "peer pressure."

"Alcohol will affect your brain differently than it will an adult," Long told the boy. "You don't need to be a follower."

Long said the boy was not in need of further services.




Teen admits having knife at school



A 16-year-old boy was placed on indefinite supervised probation after he admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to having a knife on school property.

An assistant principal at South Hagerstown High School found a knife when she asked the boy to empty his pockets Nov. 13, 2006, she said during the hearing.

The boy was expelled from South High for carrying the knife, which he said he was holding for a friend. He recently was suspended from Antietam Academy because he told another student about having a hit list, school officials said.

The boy said he had a job interview Wednesday. He was placed on probation and given a 9 p.m. curfew. Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long, who was sitting in juvenile court, ordered the youth to enroll in an anger management class and work or attend school.

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