Water damage forces Jackson County, Ohio municipal court to relocate

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Repetitive rounds of heavy rains have led to a leaking roof at the Jackson County municipal courthouse, closing the building temporarily.

"We have gotten pounded over the last few weeks," said Judge Mark Musick.

Musick says there are several leaks and issues from the rain, and crews have not been able to pinpoint them all. With more rain in the forecast, officials decided to close the building until repairs are made.

Operations are being moved to other locations in the meantime.

Beginning Thursday, clerks will be stationed at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office from the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The only function the clerks will be able to perform at the Sheriff's Office is to accept payment toward fines and costs.

They will open their Wellston branch, 203 W. Broadway St., 2nd floor, beginning Monday, until Friday, March 1, between the hours of 8 a.m.to 4 p.m.

The clerks will have full-system capabilities in Wellston and will be able to perform all functions.

Clerks can be contacted in Wellston beginning next Monday by calling 740-384-1008.

At this time, court will be limited to arraignments and preliminary hearings, and all court hearings will be held at the Wellston branch, beginning Monday.

As previously stated, all hearings that were on the docket originally for this week and next week will be rescheduled.

Law enforcement agencies will be citing people into Wellston court next week for arraignments. Arraignments must appear in Wellston as scheduled.

Probation Officers will be out doing house calls, serving warrants, and administering drug tests over this time period.

"We want to accommodate a speedy trial, and move things along quickly, so we're trying to scramble and get things reset," Musick said.

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