Charles M. Steele, Plaintiff-Appellant,
[Chillicothe Correctional Institution], Warden Charlotte Jenkins et al., Defendants-Appellees.
from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas C.P.C. No.
Charles M. Steele, pro se.
Michael DeWine, Attorney General, and Kelly N. Brogan, for
1} Plaintiff-appellant, Charles M. Steele, appeals
from the January 5, 2017 judgment of the Franklin County
Court of Common Pleas sua sponte dismissing his complaint.
For the reasons that follow, we affirm.
Facts and Procedural History
2} On November 22, 2016, appellant, an inmate at the
Chillicothe Correctional Institution, acting pro se, filed a
complaint against defendants-appellees Warden Charlotte
Jenkins and Gary C. Mohr as Director of the Ohio Department
of Rehabilitation and Correction.
3} On December 6, 2016, the trial court filed an
entry with a detailed analysis of its attempt to decipher the
complaint filed November 22, 2016. The court ordered
appellant as follows: "re-plead [your] complaint to
assert in much more detail exactly what [you] believe to be
[your] claim or claims in this court." (Journal Entry at
3.) The trial court ordered appellant to comply "within
21 days of this Entry, or this case will be dismissed."
(Journal Entry at 3.) In this same entry, the trial court
stayed appellees requirement to file an answer or motion
until 14 days after appellant files an amended complaint.
Appellant did not file an amended complaint. Rather, on
December 30, 2016, appellant filed an application for default
4}On January 5, 2017, the trial court denied
appellant's application for default judgment and
dismissed the complaint.
5}Appellant timely appealed on February 3, 2017.
Assignment of Error
6}Appellant appeals and assigns the following