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Juvenile court briefs

July 19, 2007

Teen boy admits to threatening his sister

A 14-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to second-degree assault.

The boy and his sister were arguing when he waved a knife at her and said he would kill her, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said during her statement of facts.

The boy's admission, the juvenile equivalent of a guilty plea, triggered a violation of probation for a previous incident.

The boy apologized to his sister in court Wednesday, at the urging of Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long.

Long called the boy's behavior unacceptable, and placed the boy in his mother's custody on supervised probation indefinitely.

Boy on probation, to do community service

A 15-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to trespassing.

The boy received a "no trespass" letter from South Hagerstown High School, but was seen at the school a few weeks later and refused to leave, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said during her statement of facts.

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Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long ordered the boy to serve indefinite supervised probation in the custody of his mother.

He also ordered the boy to complete 40 hours of community service and to write a letter of apology to the school administration.

Teen in detention on burglary charge

A teenager who admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to first-degree burglary will be in detention until Aug. 2 at 3 a.m., when an Army recruiter will pick him up for basic training, Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long ordered.

The court's jurisdiction over the boy terminates Aug. 2, Long said.

Long also ordered the boy to pay $165 in restitution and told him "cool your heels until Aug. 2."

Boy admits to shooting with BB gun at school

A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to having a weapon on school property in March, and also admitted to an April 12 second-degree assault.

The boy shot someone in the back with a BB gun, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said during her statement of facts.

Public Defender Michael A. Wilson said it was never the boy's intention to shoot the victim with the BB gun.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long delayed disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing, until Aug. 15. He ordered the boy serve community detention and undergo a drug and alcohol assessment before the disposition date.

Disposition delayed for teen on drug charge

A 14-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to possession of marijuana.

Police responded to the boy's home in January and found .03 grams of what tested positive as marijuana.

The boy was aggressive and had been telling people that he would cut their heads off and eat their eyeballs, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said during her statement of facts. The boy was aggressive when he was at home, his parents said.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long delayed disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing, and detained the boy pending disposition.

Investigation ordered before disposition

A teenage girl admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to possession of marijuana and misdemeanor theft.

The teenager's grandmother called police in February after she found marijuana paraphernalia in the girl's room, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said during her statement of facts. Officers also found marijuana, Flores said.

During the April incident, the girl went to someone's home and took a laptop computer, Flores said. That felony theft charge was amended to misdemeanor theft, which is what the girl admitted to, Flores said.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long delayed disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing, and ordered a predisposition investigation prepared.

He ordered the girl be placed in shelter care pending disposition.

Teen in detention pending disposition

A 17-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to one count of distributing cocaine.

A confidential police informant bought $100 worth of crack cocaine from the boy June 1, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said during her statement of facts.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long placed the boy in detention pending an Aug. 1 disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing.

Teen boy admits to tampering with vehicle

A 13-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to motor vehicle tampering.

Police officers saw the boy throw something at a vehicle, scratching it, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said during her statement of facts.

The boy also stole from his home, his father said.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long placed the boy in detention pending an Aug. 1 disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing.

- Erin Julius

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