Judge Luann Cooperrider
Judge Cooperrider issued five emergency removals of children during the week. The children were all placed either in foster care or with relatives. All five cases were due to drug addiction. All parents will be ordered into treatment for their addiction.
The judge heard three emergency Children Services cases during the week. Two were for emergency custody to a grandfather so he could enroll the children in school, as the parents were not available. One child was placed in the temporary custody of Children Services due to the drug use of the custodial parent. Services were offered to all parents and children. The parents were ordered into drug and alcohol treatment.
• A boy from New Lexington was charged with assault. He was ordered to pay court costs, to attend anger management counseling, and to complete the Choices program. He was placed in detention for five days, placed on probation, and placed in an intensive outpatient program.
• A 16-year-old girl from Thornville was charged with theft. She was fined $50 plus court costs and ordered to pay $45 in restitution to Walmart. Her driver’s license was suspended until all costs, fines and restitution are paid in full, and she was ordered to complete a theft program, and to write a letter of apology and send it to the victim, with a copy to the court, within three days.
• A girl from Crooksville was charged with theft. She was fined $50 plus court costs and ordered to pay $48 in restitution to the owner of the stolen property. She was ordered to complete a theft program, and to write a letter of apology and send it to the victim, with a copy to the court, within three days.
• A 16-year-old boy from Crooksville was charged with unruliness. He was ordered to pay court costs and to attend individual and family counseling. He was placed at the Alpha School, to be on probation while there.
• A 16-year-old girl from Junction City was charged with underage consumption. She was fined $150 plus court costs, and her driver’s license was suspended until she completes treatment within one year. She was ordered to attend counseling in the Youth and Family Services program for drugs and alcohol and to complete the Choices program, and she was placed on probation.
• A 17-year-old girl from Corning was charged with speeding. She was ordered to pay court costs and her driver’s license was suspended until they are paid in full. She and her parents were ordered to attend the Carteens program, which is offered in cooperation with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio State University Extension.
The court heard one final accounting for an estate and two guardianship hearings.
Judge Cooperrider and Linda Young from the probate court participated in the Senior Expo and Health Fair held at the St. Rose Community Center. They set up a table with information for seniors about powers of attorney and living wills.