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Juvenile court briefs

September 27, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

Teen admits cocaine possession



A 17-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to possession of cocaine. The state dropped other charges in exchange for the admission.

A Hagerstown police officer patrolling the area of North Potomac Street on Aug. 25 saw a boy on a bicycle throw something into a yard, Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said. The officer stopped the boy and later recovered digital scales from a bush, Kessell said.

The boy was taken into custody for littering and officers found a plastic bag containing suspected crack cocaine and $948 in the boy's pocket, Kessell said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley placed the boy in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Services for special programs and ordered him held in detention pending placement.

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Teen admits theft over $500



A 14-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to theft over $500. Two other cases were dropped.

His admission also triggered a violation of probation in another case. On Aug. 3, 2007, Hagerstown police responded to the Noland Drive area for a report of a stolen wallet.

The boy has been expelled from school and has been disruptive at the detention center where he is held, a juvenile services official said.

The boy's defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender Michael A. Wilson, said the cocktail of psychiatric drugs the boy takes indicate he has issues that need to be addressed.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley placed the boy in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Services for a 90-day special program. He also ordered that the boy remain in custody pending his placement in the program.




Teen has hearing on property damage



A hearing for a 16-year-old boy charged with malicious destruction of property was held Wednesday in juvenile court.

A therapist who works at the group home where the boy was staying found that her vehicle had been dented, with a footprint visible in the dent, she testified.

The boy charged for the destruction had been in her office earlier and had gotten upset when she wouldn't let him talk to his mother because he was in a "bad space," the therapist testified. She believes he was responsible for the damage, she said.

Damage to the vehicle was estimated at more than $1,700, she said.

A Washington County Sheriff's deputy testified that he compared shoes that belonged to the boy charged to the dent. The tread marks on the shoe were similar to the tread marks in the dent, he said.

Assistant Public Defender Brian A. Hutchison argued that the state's case was circumstantial.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley said he would review some related court cases and announce his decision Oct. 3 at 1 p.m.

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