Judge Luann Cooperrider
The Perry County Free Legal Clinic was held Oct. 4. The clinic is coordinated by Judge Cooperrider and Southeastern Ohio Legal Aid. Volunteer lawyers were Drew Cameron and Valerie Wiggins. Three people were helped with legal assistance regarding dissolution, real estate and custody. The Free Legal Clinic is held the first Tuesday of each month in Judge Cooperrider’s courtroom from 3:30-5 p.m.
Judge Cooperrider heard three Children Service cases this week. All three children were placed with relatives in kinship placements. All parents were ordered into drug and alcohol treatment, mental health counseling and housing assistance. The children and caregivers were also ordered to receive counseling to help with their concerns.
• A 17-year-old boy from Corning was charged with failure to control, his second moving violation. He was fined $35 plus court costs, his driver’s license was suspended for 90 days, and he was ordered to complete a remedial driving program.
• A 17-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 in an intensive outpatient drug and alcohol program, and to complete the Choices program and pay its cost, and he was placed on probation.
• A 17-year-old boy from New Lexington was charged with unruliness by truancy. He was ordered to pay court costs; his driver’s license was suspended until he shows a good report card to Judge Cooperrider; he was ordered to attend family and individual counseling; and he was placed at the Alpha School and on probation.
• A 14-year-old girl from Somerset was charged with theft. She was fined $50 plus court costs, and ordered to pay $25 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 17-year-old boy from Shawnee was charged with speeding, his second offense. He was fined $50 plus court costs, his driver’s license was suspended for 90 days, and he was ordered to complete a remedial driving program and show proof of insurance within five days.
• A 15-year-old boy from Roseville was charged with assault. He was ordered to pay court costs and attend counseling in the anger control group at Perry Behavioral Health; he was placed in detention for five days; and he was placed on probation.
A total of 64 new cases were filed, including four delinquency cases; 14 juvenile traffic cases; and two unruliness cases. There were six cases of abuse, neglect or dependency. In the paternity-custody division, 38 cases were new or reactivated.
Judge Cooperrider heard two guardianship hearings, performed one wedding ceremony, and heard one emergency guardianship.
• Ryan Hampton Anders, Crooksville, and Kassidy Lane Dye, Shawnee
• Samantha Marie Flannery, Roseville, and Jason Lee Barnett, Roseville
• Daniel Isaac Saum, Somerset, and Courtney May Robertson, Glenford
• Hershell W. Bolton, Crooksville
• Daryl Lee Prom, Thornville
• Mary M. Stickdorn, New Straitsville
• William F. Miller, Roseville
• Lucille J. Crane, Somerset
• John Mills, Jr., Junction City
Nineteen estates, one guardianship, one adoption, two name changes, one registration of birth and one case to sell a structured settlement were filed. Forty marriage licenses were issued and Judge Cooperrider performed four wedding ceremonies.
Judge Cooperrider participated in the Ohio Association of Family and Juvenile Judges executive committee meeting. Judge Cooperrider serves on the board and represents the southeastern Ohio judges.