Judge Luann Cooperrider

Jan. 14-28

General

Judge Cooperrider attended the Perry County Housing Coalition meeting. The group continues to try to serve the homeless population in Perry County. Six people are currently being housed at the Relax Inn due to no facility available. The coalition will hold a public meeting at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Feb. 24 at 6:30, for the public to learn about homelessness in Perry County. All local elected officials and commissioners are invited to attend.

Judge Cooperrider heard three emergency hearings concerning children. She removed all of the children and placed them in foster care or with relatives.

Probate Court

December statistics

Eighteen estates, five guardianships, three adoptions, one registration of birth, and four name changes were filed. Thirteen marriage licenses were issued and Judge Cooperrider performed one wedding ceremony.

The probate court heard three emergency guardianships and two inventory hearings, and presided over two guardianships and one name change.

Estates filed

Patrick L. Smith, New Lexington

Albert F. Smith, New Lexington

Kent B. Lovell, Okeechobee, Florida

Carolyn S. Hoops, Junction City

Chester A. Petre, Mount Perry

Diane Lynn Rockwell, Crooksville

Donald Curtis Ferguson, New Lexington

Richard Glenn Campbell, Rushville

Daniel A. Danielson, New Lexington

Jerry Lee Boals, Logan

Marriage applications

James Steven Abrams, New Lexington, and Susan Darlene Neff, New Lexington

Troy Patrick Sweeney, Somerset, and Taylor Jorydn German, Somerset

Juvenile court

December statistics

Fifty-three new cases were filed, including three delinquency cases, one juvenile traffic case, seven unruly cases, and no permanent custody cases. There were seven cases of abuse, neglect or dependency, and four cases of adult contributing. In the paternity-custody division, 53 cases were new or reactivated.

Judge Cooperrider heard two complaints against parents for not sending their children to school. Each parent was sentenced to 31 days in jail, the number of days their child missed school. The judge suspended the jail sentence on condition their child was in school every day. She also games and players to be removed and brought to the court.

Judge Cooperrider coordinated the Community Development Group for Thornville and Thorn Township. The group is working to develop a walking/biking trail on Township Road 358. This will be a five-year project. It will be a trail that will not close the road, and will allow outdoor walking, biking, pushing strollers and wheelchairs, etc. Contact Judge Cooperrider for details at 740-281-9900.

Judge Cooperrider heard 11 Children Services cases. Three children were placed with relatives and one in a residential treatment facility. Three children were placed with grandparents and kinship providers. Four children were placed in foster care. All parents were ordered into drug and alcohol residential treatment, to include dual diagnosis for mental health and drug treatment, or addiction services. Counseling was ordered for all parties.

• A juvenile from Somerset was charged with unruliness. They were ordered to pay court costs and to continue family wellness counseling at Allwell, and were placed at the ALPHA School on probation.

• A 13-year-old boy from New Lexington was charged with underage possession of alcohol. He was fined $150 plus court costs; his driver’s license was suspended until age 18; he was ordered to attend counseling with the Youth and Family Services program and to complete the Choices program; and he was placed on intensive probation with random drug testing.

• A juvenile from New Straitsville was charged with truancy. They were ordered to pay court costs and attend counseling at Perry Behavioral Health; and were placed at the ALPHA School on probation. Judge Cooperrider also removed his video games and unit.

• A 12-year-old boy from New Straitsville was charged with truancy and unruliiness. He was ordered to pay court costs and to attend family counseling, and to have no more days absent or he will be removed from the home. . Judge Cooperrider also removed his video games and unit.

• A juvenile from Crooksville was charged with a probation violation for failing a drug test. They were ordered to pay court costs and placed in 10 days detention, after which they will be placed in residential treatment for addiction

• A 17-year-old boy from New Lexington was charged with a tobacco violation. He was ordered to pay court costs and to attend the tobacco education program taught by the Perry County Health Department at the ALPHA School.

• A juvenile from Corning was charged with disorderly conduct. They were ordered to perform 20 hours of community service and attend anger management counseling, and were placed at the ALPHA School on probation.

• 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 continue counseling with the Youth and Family Services program and to complete the Choices program; and he was placed on probation.

• A juvenile from Crooksville was charged with theft. They were fined $50 plus court costs; ordered to pay $20 in restitution to Walmart, write a letter of apology with a copy to the court within three days, and complete a theft program and pay its cost; and their driver’s license was suspended until fines and restitution are paid in full.

• A 13-year-old girl from Mount Perry was charged with unruliness. She was ordered to pay court costs and attend family wellness counseling, and was placed at the ALPHA School on probation.

• A 16-year-old girl from Thornville was charged with unruliness. Shewas ordered to pay court costs and attend counseling at Allwell; her driver’s license was suspended until she shows a satisfactory grade card to the judge; and she wasplace at the ALPHA School on probation.

• A 17-year-old boy from Thornville was charged with a tobacco violation. He was ordered to pay court costs and perform 20 hours of community service; and he was placed at the ALPHA School, where he must attend the tobacco education program taught by the Perry County Health Department.

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