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Juvenile court briefs

June 28, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

Disposition delayed on assault charge



A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to a second-degree assault.

The boy punched a 15-year-old boy in the face repeatedly April 18, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said. The boys were in the area of Washington Street and Wakefield Road at the time of the assault, Flores said.

The victim was taken to the emergency room and treated for a broken nose, a swollen eye and a chipped tooth, Flores said.

The boy who admitted to the assault has a lengthy prior record and has just been released from a youth center in December 2006, Flores said. The state was seeking a heightened level of detention, she said.

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The assault was not unprovoked, according to the boy's defense attorney. The 15-year-old assault victim had been telephoning his client's 12-year-old sister and making lewd sexual comments, he said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley delayed disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing, until July 11.




Teen says he took medication from mother



A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to possession of controlled prescription medication he took from his mother.

The boy sold some of the medication to a classmate at Williamsport High School for $5 on March 17, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

Among the drugs the boy took from his mother were Schedule IV painkillers, adrenal steroids and sleeping tablets, his mother said in court.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley delayed disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing, so the Department of Juvenile Services could prepare a report about the boy's background.

"It's dangerous to distribute any drugs," Beachley told the boy.




Teen on probation for theft until disposition



A 13-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to misdemeanor theft.

An employee at the Deb store in Valley Mall saw the girl putting jeans she didn't pay for into a bag, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

The girl left the store and was apprehended, at which point merchandise from Old Navy and Victoria's Secret that had not been paid for was found, Flores said.

The merchandise was returned to all of the stores in good condition, she said.

Flores asked that the girl be ordered to serve supervised probation.

The girl has repeated the sixth grade and now must repeat the seventh grade because of absences, a school official said. Her reading and math skills are at a third-grade level, the official said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley delayed disposition, the juvenile equivalent of a sentencing, until Aug. 1 and ordered a psychological evaluation of the girl.

"I don't know what you can expect to do if you don't have an education," he said.

Beachley also ordered the girl abide by an 8 p.m. curfew.

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