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Juvenile court briefs

May 31, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

Teen admits to drug possession



A 15-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to possession of marijuana.

On April 30, 2007, the boy's father gave police a baggie containing marijuana and a smoking pipe that he found, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

The boy's mother has addiction problems and was a driving force behind the boy's decision to use illegal substances, defense attorney Gordon Lynn said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered that the boy be placed in the care of the Department of Juvenile Services and remain in detention pending his placement in a special program.

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Two girls admit to shoplifting



Two 13-year-old girls admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to one charge each of misdemeanor theft in connection with a shoplifting incident March 23.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered that both girls serve indefinite supervised probation and not have any contact with each other.




Girl admits to assault, threat



A 12-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to second-degree assault and to threatening a school official.

On April 14, 2007, the girl told a teacher she was going to punch her in the nose, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley delayed disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing, pending a psychological evaluation. He ordered that the girl stay in shelter care until disposition.




Teen admits having paraphernalia



A 16-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use.

Hagerstown Police Department officers served a warrant at the girl's home March 23. The girl had drug paraphernalia on the dresser in her bedroom, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said. The girl also had several documents of gang-related information, Flores said.

"The whole house was loaded with drugs," Assistant Public Defender Michael A. Wilson said. It was "unconscionable" for the girl's mother to lay all the blame for the drugs on the child, he said.

The girl does not attend school and only wants to stay out all night, her mother said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered the girl be detained pending further proceedings.

"We can't have young people just running around," Beachley said.

The girl also was in court for disposition on a second-degree assault charge. Disposition is the juvenile equivalent of sentencing.

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