West Columbia

October 01, 1992

Teen-ager charged with assaulting a 12-year-old

A 15-year-old Wilde Lake boy has been charged with assaulting a 12-year-old several times since last summer. In one incident, police said the teen-ager also kept the younger boy in a storm drain for two hours.

The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, was charged as a juvenile with two counts of assault, two counts of abduction and one count of breaking and entering, police said. The Department of Juvenile Services is handling the case.

Parents of the 12-year-old reported the most recent incident to police after their son told them about it Tuesday night. The boy alleged that the 15-year-old grabbed his neck in a choke-hold Tuesday.

The parents told police the 15-year-old has assaulted their son several times in recent months.

The 15-year-old, they said, forced the boy into a storm drain ankept him there for two hours last summer near Bryant Woods Elementary School in Columbia, Sgt. Gardner said.

Earlier in the summer, the 15-year-old allegedly pushed the younger boy into Wilde Lake and prevented him from climbing out and onto a dock, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman.

"Every time he tried to get out of the water, he'd step on his hands," Sgt. Gardner said.

During another alleged assault, the 15-year-old cut the boy's hair with a knife, Sgt. Gardner said.

Loveless participates in Naval exercise

Navy Seaman Apprentice John T. Loveless, son of William J. and Martha A. Loveless of Hickory Ridge, is serving a six-month deployment to the Caribbean and South America aboard the guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto based in Norfolk, Va.

The seaman is participating in UNITA, a multinational exercise that brings together air, ground and naval forces of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. The exercise involves more than 15,000 service members from the nine countries.

Seaman Loveless, a 1989 graduate of Atholton High School, joined the Navy in October 1989.

POLICE LOG

* Wilde Lake: Between Sunday and Tuesday, the word "skins" and the Nazi sign were painted on a pump house. Police are investigating the crime as a hate bias incident.

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