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Juvenile Court briefs

November 22, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

13-year-old placed back in rehab program

A 13-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to carrying a handgun.

The boy had been in a rehabilitation program and was home in Hagerstown on a home pass when the incident involving the handgun occurred, Department of Juvenile Services officials said.

Hagerstown Police found the boy in possession of a handgun in October during a firearm trade that went bad, Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said Wednesday.

Possession of handguns indicates a "criminal attitude," Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III told the boy.

Wright placed the boy back in the rehabilitation program he had been in, although the boy now is to start over from the beginning of the program, Department of Juvenile Services officials said.

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"It's up to you now, totally up to you," Wright said.

The boy was detained pending his placement in the program.

Teen boy admits to marijuana possession

A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to possession of marijuana.

Hagerstown Police in July witnessed what they believed to be a drug deal in the area of Sheetz on Potomac Avenue, Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said Wednesday.

The boy already is in intensive outpatient drug treatment through the Washington County Health Department, officials said.

"He's been having a hard time not smoking marijuana," one health department official said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III placed the boy on indefinite, supervised probation and ordered that the first 30 days of the boy's probation be spent on community detention.

Wright also ordered that the boy attend his addictions treatment.

16-year-old admits to property destruction

A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to malicious destruction of property.

Outside of a party he was attending in August, the boy and some of his friends became involved in an argument with another group of people, Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said Wednesday.

Someone called the boy a racial slur, and the boy responded by breaking out a window in a vehicle, Kessell said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III asked the boy what had been going through his mind during the argument.

The boy, who is black, explained what happened that night, and admitted that he broke the window with his fist.

The racial slur is "just a word," and the boy should not let words bother him, Wright said.

Wright placed the boy on supervised probation, imposed a curfew and ordered him to pay restitution for the window's repairs.

"If you react like this again, it's only going to hurt you," Wright said.

17-year-old admits to alcohol possession

A 17-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to having been a minor in possession of alcohol.

In September, officers stopped a vehicle in the area of Hopewell Road, Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said Wednesday. The boy was the driver.

Officers used a dog to search the vehicle and discovered marijuana, which belonged to the passenger, Kessell said.

The officers also detected an odor of alcohol on the driver, and the driver's blood-alcohol content was .05, Kessell said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III placed the boy on indefinite supervised probation, and ordered him to undergo an addictions assessment.

The boy also must serve 20 hours of community service, Wright said.

Teen girl admits to one count of speeding

A 17-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to one count of speeding.

A deputy in the area of Frederick Street and the Antietam bridge in Funkstown stopped the girl, Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said Wednesday.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III placed the girl on probation, to be supervised by the Department of Juvenile Services.

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