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Washington County Juvenile Court briefs

June 26, 2008

Teen admits involvement in assault



A 17-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to his involvement in a second-degree assault. He also admitted to having a handgun.

On March 28, Hagerstown police were dispatched to the Department of Juvenile Services, where someone was claiming she had been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend the day before, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said Wednesday. The ex-girlfriend accused the 17-year-old boy of backhanding her in the face, causing her nose ring to fall out. He also pushed the ex-girlfriend to the ground, Flores said.

The boy's admission to having a handgun was in connection with an Aug. 12, 2007, incident during which a bicycle was taken. Three boys took a bicycle, but left it behind as they ran from police, Flores said. One of the boys ran down an alley and threw a handgun into the bed of a pickup truck, she said.

A witness identified the boy who threw the gun as the 17-year-old who was in court Wednesday. He later admitted to having thrown the gun and told police he had been holding the semiautomatic handgun for "his boy," Flores said.

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The case had been in the adult criminal system but was sent back to juvenile court on the condition that the youth admit his involvement.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the boy enter a special Department of Juvenile Services program, Mountain Quest in Allegany County. The judge also ordered that he be in community detention pending his placement in the program.




Boy admits having marijuana



A 15-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to possession of marijuana.

Hagerstown police who were patrolling the area of City Park at about 10 p.m. on April 25, saw a vehicle with foggy windows parked near the museum, and observed movement in the back seat, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said Wednesday.

When the 15-year-old boy opened the driver's side window, the officer smelled marijuana, she said. The boy's eyes were bloodshot, and a cigar that later tested positive for marijuana was in the vehicle.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, delayed disposition, which is the juvenile equivalent of a sentencing.

Prosecutors said other cases against the boy were pending, and Beachley said those cases should be resolved before disposition.




Girl admits involvement in assault



A 13-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to her involvement in a second-degree assault. The girl, a student at Springfield Middle School in Williamsport, grabbed another student as they were leaving school March 18, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said Wednesday.

The respondent, the juvenile equivalent of a defendant, pulled the other girl to the ground and struck her with a closed fist, Flores said. A school bus driver witnessed the assault.

School officials on Wednesday said the 13-year-old has had discipline issues in school. Other children view her as a bully, Flores said.

The girl's mother called her a "handful" who has "rages" and said the girl needs therapy.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the girl to serve indefinite probation, supervised by the Department of Juvenile Services.

-- Erin Julius

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