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No charges when teen apologizes

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
ROCKWELL — Authorities said two teens were able to settle their differences following an incident in which one of them was hit in the face with a metal pipe.
Justin Neal, 17, of Misty Lane, was injured when he was hit with the metal pipe, hurting his lip.
The incident occurred Thursday shortly after 9 p.m. when Neal’s mother called law enforcement.
Neal told authorities he was on a trampoline when he “threw a kick” in the direction of a 15-year-old teen, a boy from the neighborhood.
Neal told officers the juvenile turned with the pipe in his hand and threw it at him, striking him in the lip area.
The juvenile told authorities he was walking when Neal jumped out of the bushes, kicked in his direction, startling the juvenile, who then threw the pipe.
Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford said the officer considered charging both teens given the conflicting accounts, he said.
The juvenile apologized and since the teens were able to settle the matter, the complaint was withdrawn, Sifford said.
EMS officials looked at Neal at the scene. He was not taken to the hospital by ambulance, but was told he likely needed to get stitches.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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