New program could aid former Cortland convenience store worker convicted of stealing lottery tickets
A Warren woman convicted of stealing hundreds of dollars worth of lottery tickets could benefit from a program recently launched by Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Cynthia Rice.
Twenty-one-year-old Angel Kelley appeared in Judge Rice’s courtroom on Thursday for sentencing on a theft charge.
According to police, Kelley was recorded on security video scratching off lottery tickets she had not purchased while she was working at the Cortland Speedway on South Mecca Street in early January.
Police were told that Kelley took four Billion Dollar Instant Lottery Game tickets that sell for $50 each, in addition to 21 Electric 7's Instant Lottery Game tickets that cost $20 each. The total value of the stolen tickets was $620.
According to the police report, Kelley cashed in a winning ticket, collecting $1,000.
After pleading guilty to theft last month, Kelley went before Judge Rice on Thursday who placed Kelley in a new program aimed at helping women suffering from drug-related issues.
The Women's Therapeutic Docket program has been in effect since July 10.
The purpose of the program is to provide women charged with drug-related offenses where their drug use or mental health was a factor in the arrest an intensive probation.
The program offers women suffering from drug addiction rehabilitation, as well as peer support, and a safe space to discuss any traumas or issues they may be facing.
Participants must undergo drug testing, proof of employment, or enrollment in the docket employment program, as well as weekly peer meetings before graduating.
This is only the second Women's Therapeutic docket program in the entire state of Ohio.