Teens kept in detention


15-year-old released from detention to Children Services

By Angela Shepherd - [email protected]



Judge Kevin Greer is pictured during a previous hearing in Highland County Juvenile Court.


Two teenage males were ordered this week to remain in detention following their arrests for alleged violations of their community control.

One of the males, a 16-year-old, was reported a runaway in January and at that time a warrant for his arrest was issued. He was arrested on that warrant this week, and when he was brought to the Highland County Juvenile Court and administered a drug screen, it showed positive for THC, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

The teenager was previously found delinquent and placed on community control in December after admitting to criminal trespass, theft, assault, and criminal damaging, all misdemeanor offenses.

More charges are expected to be filed against the 16-year-old stemming from the most recent incident. This week he was ordered to remain in detention at least until his next hearing, which is set for next week.

The other male, a 15-year-old, was also ordered to remain in detention until his next scheduled hearing in April. The teen was taken into custody after a failed drug screen.

He was previously found delinquent last month and placed on community control supervision after admitting to criminal damaging.

In another hearing, a 15-year-old male who has spent that last three months in detention was released, but he can’t go home yet. Instead, judge Kevin Greer ordered the teen placed in the temporary custody of Children Services.

He was initially ordered to detention for domestic violence, but since that time his mother and her husband, while complying with all other directives from Children Services, have each failed to get the required background checks completed.

The mother testified Friday that she does have a criminal record, but with no offenses in the last decade.

Greer said to the mother that it was “to (her) credit” that she had been forthcoming as to her past criminal history, but he added, “I’ve got to have it in writing.”

He said after the background checks had been completed the court would reconsider the matter of placing the teenager in his mother’s home.

The judge told the 15-year-old he needed “to behave.”

“Is a foster home ideal for you? No,” Greer said. “But I think it is better than detention,” he said. “Ideally you should be with a parent and that’s our goal here.”

In other hearings, the parents of a 5-year-old child have agreed to the placement of the child in the temporary custody of Children Services for the next year.

The case was initiated after the mother, who currently has a pending felony case, tested positive for methamphetamine.

Temporary custody of an infant will also be with Children Services since neither parent is able to care for the child at this time as the baby’s mother is in prison and the father is in a residential treatment facility.

In another case, a 17-year-old male admitted to the offense of having a concealed weapon and was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.

Judge Kevin Greer is pictured during a previous hearing in Highland County Juvenile Court.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_GreerJuve.jpgJudge Kevin Greer is pictured during a previous hearing in Highland County Juvenile Court.
15-year-old released from detention to Children Services

By Angela Shepherd

[email protected]

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