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Police: Teens + alcohol = Stewartstown mischief

Liz Evans Scolforo

The brains of teenagers aren't fully formed, according to medical experts who dare study the wild teen.

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On Wednesday morning, two Stewartstown kids did their part to bolster that research.

Southern Regional Police Sgt. Darryl Smuck said officers were in the parking lot of the Rutter's Farm Store on West Pennsylvania Avenue in Stewartstown just after midnight when someone pointed out two teens hiding behind the Rutter's car wash.

Officers spoke to the boys, who are 14 and 15, and realized they'd been drinking and writing "derogatory comments" about police in the condensation that had formed inside the car-wash windows, Smuck said. His news release did not elaborate on what insults the teens came up with.

Police returned the teens to their guardians, but not before finding the boys had knives on them, the sergeant said.

Then about 8:15 a.m., police were called to Broadway in the borough, where vandals had slashed nine tires on a total of eight vehicles, causing about $1,500 in damage, Smuck said.

Officers determined the two booze-consuming, knife-carrying teens slashed the tires, he said.

What happened, according to Smuck, is that the teens had walked to Rutter's to get food after drinking alcohol and were "upset" that they couldn't go in the store because police officers were in the parking lot, so they damaged the tires and wrote the derogatory comments about police.

They are facing charges in juvenile court of underage drinking and criminal mischief, the sergeant said; restitution for the victims will be sought. Their names weren't released because they're juveniles.

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