Judge Luann Cooperrider
Week of Oct. 4
Judge Cooperrider heard three emergency custody hearings involving children who were at risk. The judge heard all three on an emergency basis and the children were placed with relatives.
Judge Cooperrider heard nine Children Services cases this week. One child was placed in the permanent custody of Children Services; four children were placed in kinship care; and four children were placed in foster care. All parents were ordered into treatment and four parents were ordered into residential treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Judge Cooperrider ordered the children and caregivers as well as the parents to have mental health counseling.
• A 16-year-old boy from Corning was charged with possession of marijuana. He was fined $150 plus court costs; his driver’s license was suspended for one year, and he must complete drug and alcohol services and have clean drug screens; he was ordered to attend counseling in the Youth and Family Services program; he was ordered to complete the Choices program and pay its cost; and he was placed on intensive probation with random drug testing.
• A 14-year-old girl from Somerset was charged with unruliness. She was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service with the court coordinator and attend counseling with Family Wellness; and she was place at the Alpha School on probation.
• A 17-year-old girl from Thornville was charged with underage consumption. She was fined $150 plus court costs; her driver’s license was suspended until age 18; she was ordered to attend family drug and alcohol counseling and to complete the Choices program; and she was placed on probation.
• A 13-year-old girl from Crooksville was charged with theft. She was fined $50 plus court costs, and ordered to pay $30 in restitution to the owner of the property, write a letter of apology to the victim with a copy to the court within three days, and complete a theft program and pay its cost.
• A 15-year-old boy from New Straitsville was charged with disorderly conduct. He was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service with the court coordinator; placed at the Alpha School; placed on probation; and placed in the Youth and Family Services program.
• A 14-year-old boy from Junction City was charged with possession of marijuana. He was fined $150 plus court costs; ordered to attend family and individual drug counseling and complete the Choices program; and placed on probation.
Judge Cooperrider held one minor name change, one final account hearing, and one adoption, and performed one wedding ceremony.
• Amanda Faye Griggs, New Lexington
• Lewis Adams, Somerset
• Linda Carol Mercer-Prime, Junction City
• Ernest Dixon, New Lexington
• Emily Dianne Bartholic, Somerset, and Anthony Edward Hunter, Somerset
• Gabrial John Black, Crooksville, and Jodi Lynn Pickrell, Crooksville
Judge Cooperrider attended the Perry Health Network annual meeting. Work is being completed on the blessing bags for people who are homeless, and the group is also sponsoring a coat/hat/glove drive for people in Perry County.