Progress, setback at drug court

WILMINGTON – Two participants moved up to the second phase in the “You-Turn Recovery Docket”, while another participant left in handcuffs again.

Friday’s You-Turn meeting opened with Clinton County Court of Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck in his judicial robe. “I want to follow up on a case involving Cheyenne Potts,” he said.

On July 20, Potts tested positive for morphine, an opiate, which he allegedly denied. At the Aug. 7 You-Turn meeting, Rudduck had Potts put into custody and a hearing occurred Aug. 10.

“At that time he did admit, as he did before us (Aug. 7), that he violated terms of his community control and that he tested positive for the use of opiates,” Rudduck said.

The use of opiates on July 20 is Potts’ second violation of community control, Rudduck said.

Because of the violations, Potts’ counselor, who is with Talbert House, said the company will be terminating Potts from the program due to non-compliance.

Potts said he was in the program to be able to take care of his son, but Rudduck said Potts would not be able to do that unless he got help for the underlying problems.

“Yeah, you might be able to do that for awhile, but the issues that brought him here are going to keep resurfacing as they have (before),” Rudduck said.

The judge also said Potts would have trouble bettering himself because Potts lives with his brother, who was recently released from prison on a four-year term.

“He admitted he was using drugs,” Rudduck said. “You’re living with him and they’re trying to get you transitional housing, they’re trying to get you in residential programming and you’re saying, ‘No, I just want to get a job.’”

Potts said getting a job, living on his own and being able to take care of his son would help him “feel like more of a man.”

“I just want to be there for my little boy,” Potts said.

Rudduck said Potts was in the program for the wrong reasons.

“If you don’t have an issue with substance abuse or mental health, you don’t need our help,” he said.

Potts was remanded into custody.

After Potts left the courtroom in handcuffs, Rudduck changed out of his formal judge’s robe and the You-Turn hearing resumed.

David Key, who has been in the program since December, was moved up to Phase 2, the third phase in the You-Turn program.

Key finished the orientation phase in June.

“You are one of our voices for recovery,” Rudduck said.

Another You-Turn participant who has been in the program since March, also moved to the second phase.

Kaira Kintz, who was worried about a custody hearing she had Monday, was bumped up to Phase 2.

Kintz told Rudduck on Friday she was worried about the custody hearing for her daughter because she thought she would not get custody back.

“It’s hard to deal with,” she said.

Rudduck eased Kintz’s worries by telling her she was doing such a good job they were moving her up to the second phase in the program.

“I think (the court has) to be impressed by what you’re doing,” he said, in reference to her custody hearing.

The You-Turn Recovery Docket meets the first and third Friday every month at 1:30 p.m.
Two phase up, one taken into custody

By Dylanne Petros

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