Judge Luann Cooperrider

A 16-year-old New Lexington girl charged with a probation violation was fined court costs. She was ordered to complete the Choices Program. She was placed at ALPHA and on intensive probation.

A New Lexington boy charged with underage consumption was fined $150 and court costs. His driver’s license is suspended until age 18. He was ordered to attend counseling and complete the Choices Program. He was placed on intensive probation and in the Youth and Family Services Program.

A 14-year-old Corning boy charged with being unruly was fined court costs. He was ordered to attend counseling. He was placed at ALPHA and on intensive probation.

A Somerset girl charged with theft was fined $50, court costs and $25 restitution. Her driver’s license is suspended until all costs are paid in full She must write a letter of apology and complete the Theft Program.

A 15-year-old Crooksville girl charged with possession of marijuana was fined $150 and court costs. She is now unable to obtain her license until she is 17. She was ordered to attend counseling and complete the Choices Program. She was placed on intensive probation and in the Intensive Outpatient Program.

Court news

Judge Cooperrider and Court Administrator Martina Brown visited the students and staff at ALPHA. School started on Sept. 8 with 26 students in the new school year. The capacity of ALPHA is 45 students. ALPHA always welcomes students and the capacity is greatly met as the school year proceeds.

The ALPHA school helps students and their families by not only offering an education, but also offering counseling services for mental health, drug and alcohol and family counseling. The ALPHA program is grant funded and works with the Educational Service Center and all school districts.

Judge Cooperrider participated in the Ohio Commission of Fatherhood as one of the speakers at the conference held virtually. Judge Cooperrider spoke about the programs the Perry County Juvenile Court provides through their fatherhood grant: 1: Boot Camp for New Dads and Moms; 2: Establishing paternity help at the Perry County Free Legal Clinic and various counseling assistants to strengthen fatherhood.

Three children services cases were heard this week. All the children were placed with a relative and the parents were ordered to do a case plan which includes mental health counseling, drug and alcohol and residential treatment. The parents must also obtain appropriate housing.

August statistics

During the month of August, under the direction of Judge Luann Cooperrider, there were a total of 61 new cases filed with the Perry County Juvenile Court. There were six delinquency cases, four juvenile traffic cases, no unruly and no permanent custody cases filed. There were six new cases of abuse, neglect, dependency and no cases of adult contributing cases filed. In the Paternity-Custody Division, there were 55 cases that were new or reactivated.

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