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April 3, 2020

Logan County Adult Recovery Court Receives State Certification

Judge Kevin P. Braig, Annette Deao, and Jim Pleasant received word on March 26, 2020, that the Logan County Court of Common Pleas Adult Recovery Court (ARC) earned its final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.

Since the inception of the public health concerns relating to COVID-19, Judge Braig also has taken steps to continue to operate the ARC remotely using telephone and video-conference tools so that ARC participants continue to receive the supervision and support they need.

In order to receive the certification, the ARC had to submit an application, undergo a site visit, and provide specific program materials in response to certification standards that went in to effect in January 2014.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor congratulated the Logan County ARC for receiving final certification.

“Specialized dockets divert offenders toward criminal justice initiatives that employ tools and tailored services to treat and rehabilitate the offender so they can become productive members of society,” said Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. “Studies have shown this approach works by reducing recidivism while saving tax dollars.” 

Specialized dockets are courts that are dedicated to specific types of offenses or offenders and use a combination of different techniques for holding offenders accountable while also addressing the underlying causes of their behavior.

“The ARC is a critical component of the criminal justice system in Logan County,” Judge Braig said.  “ARC participants are confronting their drug addiction and mental health issues and this is an efficient way to fight crime and recidivism.”

The ARC team includes court personnel and licensed treatment providers.

“Annette Deao and Jim Pleasant have done a fantastic job leading the ARC treatment team,” Judge Braig said.  “The ARC team also has received valuable assistant from Peter DeSomma, Brandi Kinchen, Ashley Logan, Lynn Oliver, Charlotte Lybertus, Mandi Wilber, Kaitlyn Daniel, Jessica Manuel, Kelley Darden, Carisa Paavola, and Beckie Schmelzer.”

The Commission on Specialized Dockets has 22 members who advise the Supreme Court and its staff regarding the promotion of statewide rules and uniform standards concerning specialized dockets in Ohio courts; the development and delivery of specialized docket services to Ohio courts; and the creation of training programs for judges and court personnel. The commission makes all decisions regarding final certification.

March 20, 2020— 

Judge Kevin P. Braig of the Logan County Court of Common Pleas entered an order today finding Shawn Shelton guilty on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, a felony of the third degree, and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them – OVI, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

The charges against Mr. Shelton arose from events occurring on June 30, 2018.  On that date, according to a bill of particulars filed by Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart, Mr. Shelton was driving south on SR 117 north of Huntsville, Ohio, when he veered left of center into the path of Charles Stockton who was operating a gray 2005 Honda VTX 1300 motorcycle.  Mr. Shelton struck Mr. Stockton straight on, flinging Mr. Stockton from his motorcycle.  Mr. Stockton was declared dead at the scene from blunt force trauma.

Judge Braig scheduled a sentencing hearing in the case for April 27, 2010 at 11 A.M.