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Juvenile court briefs

June 07, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

Judge gives girl supervised probation



A 12-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to taking a knife on to school property.

The sixth-grader told school officials that she had a knife to protect herself from a boy who had pulled her hair and called her derogatory names, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

School officials told Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long that the Antietam Academy student is a bright young girl who earns good grades but gets a little "feisty" now and then.

The girl made threats because she was angry, but she didn't intend to use the knife, Assistant Public Defender Brian A. Hutchison said.

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Long ordered the girl to serve an indefinite supervised probation, to have no contact with the boy who pulled her hair and called her names, and not to possess any weapons.




Girl admits to forgery, to serve probation



A 17-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in juvenile court that she forged and cashed someone else's payroll check.

The girl took the money and gave it to a friend so the friend could pay for car repairs, Assistant Public Defender Michael A. Wilson said.

The girl confessed because she had a hard time living with what she had done, Wilson said.

She is graduating from South Hagerstown High School on Friday and was prepared to pay restitution, Wilson said.

The girl apologized to Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long for her actions.

Long ordered the girl to serve three months supervised probation, pay restitution and perform 40 hours of community service.




Skateboard taken from teen for 30 days



A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to riding his skateboard in violation of a city ordinance.

A Hagerstown police officer saw the boy riding his skateboard in the North Potomac Street parking deck on Feb. 24, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

The Department of Juvenile Services has informally dealt with three other cases of the boy riding his skateboard against the city ordinance, Flores said.

"I can't be here anymore," the boy said.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long ordered the boy to serve 60 days of supervised probation, perform 25 hours of community service and forfeit his skateboard for 30 days.




Teen to remain in detention for assault



A 14-year-old boy who admitted in juvenile court in May to second-degree assault was ordered Wednesday to remain in detention pending his placement in a therapeutic group home.

The boy admitted in May to assaulting a bus driver. The boy and his mother blame other people, including the bus driver, for his actions, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores told Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long.

The boy's mother has admitted that he has been beyond her control for two to three years, Flores said. He also has threatened his stepfather with a knife and assaulted his siblings, Flores said.

The boy is an "immature 14" and is rather small, so he is teased by his peers a lot, which makes the boy dislike going to school, his defense attorney said.

In 2005, the boy was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, bipolar disorder and opposition disorder, his attorney said.

"I just want to go home," the boy said.

Long was concerned for the boy's safety and the safety of others, he said.

Long ordered that the boy be detained and placed in a therapeutic home by the Department of Juvenile Services.

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