Judge Luann Cooperrider

Probate Court

October statistics – Eighteen estates, one guardianship, one adoption, one name change, one correction of birth and one minor settlement were filed. There were 26 marriage licenses issued and Judge Cooperrider performed two wedding ceremonies.

Weekly recaps – Judge Cooperrider presided over two adoptions. One involved a child age 4 and one involved an adult adoption, age 18.

Judge Cooperrider held 10 citation hearings during the previous week. Citations are scheduled if estates, guardianships and other probate matters are delinquent in their paperwork. The hearings are held if the paperwork is not filed by the scheduled court hearing.

Estates filed

• Michael Glenn Jones, Junction City

• Jerry L. Southall, Roseville

• Rebecca Shumaker, New Lexington

• James McLean, Corning

• Donald W. Sandlin, New Lexington

• Mary J. Bender, Logan

• Shirley Ann Ammons, Thornville

• Mary Lou Hooper, New Lexington

• Sharon Kay Tivner, Junction City

• Michael Glenn Jones, Junction City

Marriage applications

• Jessica Megan Smith, New Lexington, and Sascha Rainelle McDaniel, New Lexington

• Larry William Eyman, Jr., Corning, and Janl Claris Smith, Corning

Juvenile Court

October statistics – Fifty-six new cases were filed, including two delinquency cases, five juvenile traffic cases, six unruly, and three permanent custody cases. There were two cases of abuse, neglect or dependency, and no cases of adult contributing. In the paternity-custody division, 38 cases were new or reactivated.

Weekly recaps – Judge Cooperrider heard four emergency child removal cases in three days. Two children were placed with a relative and two children were placed in foster care with Perry County Children Services. Two cases were due to the mental health of the parent and two cases were due to drug activity. All parents and children were provided counseling and drug-alcohol treatment was ordered for all parents.

Judge Cooperrider heard six Children Services cases during the week. Four children were placed in the care of kinship providers. Services were ordered for the parents and children. Two children returned home as the parents have been clean for months, and have jobs and housing. Protective services were ordered so the children and parents can be checked on after they return home.

Judge Cooperrider attended the meeting of the Buckeye Lake Museum Board meeting, on which she serves as president. The board reports that the Queen of the Lake sternwheeler held 38 public tours and 36 private tours this past season. The Queen of the Lake sternwheeler is available for rentals for weddings, company gatherings, and various family and friends outings. For information call 740-929-1998 or visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org.

Eight Children Services cases were held during the previous week. Five children were placed with relatives. Three children were placed in foster care with Children Services. All parents were placed in treatment programs and children were placed in counseling and programs to help them – trauma specific counseling and family drug treatment. Supervised visitation was ordered.

• A 15-year-old boy from Junction City was charged with a probation violation for missed assignments, inappropriate comments and sleeping in class. He was ordered to pay court costs, ordered to attend an anger expressions group at Perry Behavioral Health Choices, and placed at the ALPHA school on probation.

• A 16-year-old boy from Crooksville was charged with theft. He was fined $50 plus court costs; he ordered to pay $32 in restitution; his driver’s license was suspended until his fines and restitution are paid in full; he was ordered to write a letter of apology and send it to the victim with a copy to the court within three days; and he was ordered to complete a theft program and pay its cost.

• A 14-year-old girl from New Lexington was charged with possession of marijuana. She was fined $150 plus court costs, ordered to continue family and individual drug counseling, ordered to complete the Choices program and pay its cost, and placed on probation. Her grandfather was placed in a program to help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

• A 16-year-old boy from Roseville was charged with disorderly conduct. He was ordered to pay court cost; his driver’s license was suspended until he completes an anger management program; he was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service; and he was placed on probation and placed in the Family Wellness program.

• A 17-year-old boy from New Lexington was charged with underage consumption. He was fined $150 plus court costs; his driver’s license was suspended until age 18; he was ordered to complete the Choices program and pay its cost; he was placed on intensive probation with random drug testing; and he was placed in an intensive outpatient program.

• A 14-year-old girl from Crooksville was charged with theft. She was fined $50 plus court costs and ordered to pay $15 in restitution; she was ordered to write a letter of apology and send it to the victim with a copy to the court within three days; and she was ordered to complete a theft program and pay its cost.

• A minor from New Lexington was charged with drug paraphernalia. Their driver’s license was suspended for one year, they were ordered to attend individual and family drug counseling and to complete the Choices program and pay its cost, and they were placed on probation.

• A 17-year-old girl from Junction City was charged with failing to maintain assured clear distance, her second moving violation. Her driver’s license was suspended for 90 days, she was ordered pay court costs and to complete a remedial driving program, and she must show proof of insurance within three days.

• A minor from Crooksville was charged with underage consumption. They were fined $150 plus court costs, they will be unable to obtain a driver’s license until age 17, they were ordered to complete the Choices program, and they were placed in the Youth and Family Services program and placed on probation.

• A 17-year-old boy from Corning was charged with a seat belt violation. He was fined $35 plus court costs, and ordered to write a five-page essay, due to the court within 10 days.

• A minor from Thornville was charged with unruliness. They were ordered to pay court costs, placed in counseling at the Alpha school, and placed on probation while at the Alpha school.

• A 17-year-old boy from New Lexington was charged with possession of marijuana. He was fined $150 plus court costs, his driver’s license was suspended until age 18, he was ordered to complete the Choices program and pay its cost, and he was placed on probation with random drug testing.

General

Judge Cooperrider is co-chair of the Ohio Judicial Conference juvenile law and procedure committee. The committee met on Sept. 1 to discuss pending legislation that affects family law as well as delinquency and unruly laws under the Ohio Revised Code.

Judge Cooperrider attended the Ohio Summit for Children. She studied the research on addiction and the effects on children who live in a home where parents suffer from addiction. The summit was free for judges to attend and was held in Columbus. Judge Cooperrider applies the research to help with Children Services cases.

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