The trouble with kids today

Last year, local teens and children got in trouble with the law more than 1,200 times.

The top two crimes: stealing and drug- and alcohol-related offenses.

Last year, the juvenile probation office handled more than 200 cases of juveniles who had gotten in trouble for theft, most often shoplifting, and another 200 for possessing drugs, typically marijuana. The other top offenses in the county were battery, skipping school and running away from home, according to the Johnson County juvenile probation department.

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