Thursday, May 16, 2013
Proposed 0.25 percent income tax increase would pay to build new police station, would expire in 2038
It's official. Kent voters will again cast ballots on a proposed 0.25 percent income tax increase that would pay to build a new Kent Police station. Kent City Council voted Wednesday to send the issue back to the ballot in what was council's final action on the issue. Now, one year after voters rejected the idea of a tax hike to build a new police department they will be asked the same question. In November 2012 voters rejected Issue 11, which would have raised Kent's income tax from 2 percent to 2.25 percent to pay to build an estimated $18.36 million police building in the Day Street block. Kent residents cast 4,240 votes for the tax increase and 5,163 against the tax. There are two differences in what voters rejected in November 2012 …
Monday, May 13, 2013
All information is according to Kent Police and Portage County Clerk of Courts. Arrest information does not indicate conviction.
Kent Police broke up a nuisance party recently at The Province at Kent student apartments on South Lincoln Street. Anthony L. Vadini, II, 22, of 1503 Whitehall Blvd., was charged with permitting a nuisance party, an unclassified misdemeanor, and failure to disperse from a nuisance party, also an unclassified misdemeanor, following a party late on May 4 that carried into Sunday, May 5. Vadini was arrested at 609 S. Lincoln St., The Province at Kent, in apartment C-302 at just after midnight May 4. A student at Kent State University, Vadini pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday in Portage County Municipal Court. A nuisance party is defined under section 509.13 of the city's codified ordinances as "a social gathering or party" that …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Income tax hike would only pay off debt to build new police station
City administrators and Kent City Council plan again to ask voters to approve a 0.25 percent income tax increase to pay for a new Kent Police station. Council voted in committee Wednesday to place the issue on the November ballot, but this time they included a sunset provision in the ballot language and eliminated the idea that any excess revenue would pay for streets and sidewalks repair — language that was included in the previous ballot issue. In November 2012 voters rejected Issue 11, which would have raised Kent's income tax from 2 percent to 2.25 percent to pay to build an estimated $18.36 million police building in the Day Street block. Kent residents cast 4,240 votes for the tax increase and 5,163 against the tax. Kent City Manager…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Police are looking for two male suspects, reports our news partner at WEWS Channel 5.
Kent State University issued an alert early Monday morning after an armed robbery near campus, our news partner at WEWS Channel 5 reports. Just before 3 a.m. April 22, two men entered the Circle K on Main Street — which is across from White Hall — showed a handgun and demanded cash, said Kent Police. Descriptions of the two male suspects: (Click here for more from the Kent Police Department Facebook page.) No. 1: No. 2: One of the robbers was said to have an orange backpack. Anyone with information about the case may call Kent police at 330-673-7732. Read the entire NewsNet5.com story here.
Monday, April 8, 2013
All information is according to Kent Police and Portage County court records. Arrest information does not indicate conviction.
An Akron man has been charged with multiple felonies, including making meth, on West Elm Street — a few blocks from Holden Elementary. Raymond A. Warner, 29, of Akron, OH, was charged with illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, a second-degree felony, and the illegal possession or assembly of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine, a third-degree felony, on April 1 by Kent Police. The meth lab was located at 121 W. Elm St., according to Portage County court records. Police say Warner had the following ingredients for meth when he was arrested: muriatic acid; lithium batteries; aluminum foil; shop towels; Roebic crystal drain opener; and 20 pseudoephedrine hydrochloride tablets. Portage County Municipal Court Judge Barbara Oswick ordered…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Police investigating crashes
Four people were struck by cars in Kent this weekend, and charges are possibly pending in each of the crashes. The crashes happened Friday evening and early on Saturday and Sunday morning. All four victims are alive, according to Kent Police, but the extent of their injuries is unknown. The first crash happened Friday at 7:51 p.m. near the intersection of South DePeyster Street and East Main Street. Kent Police Sgt. Jason Short said the victim, whose name was unavailable, was in the cross walk in front of the Kent Stage when they were struck. "A white Jeep was traveling north on DePeyster Street, and it made a left turn onto Main Street there and struck a pedestrian," Short said. "The (victim) was transported and already released" from the…
The burglaries took place between Oct. 30 and Nov. 26. In one case, miscellaneous jewelry and electronics valued at more tahn $600 were reported stolen.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Assistant Portage County Prosecutor Eric Finnegan had no sentencing recommendation, but noted that Cunard's crimes were "obviously pretty traumatic" for the victims, reported the Record Courier.
Angela M. Cunard, 34, formerly of Lake Street, pleaded guilty to five counts of felony burglary charges in connection with a string of five daytime burglaries in the Kent. The Record Courier reported that Cunard received a four-year prison sentence for each charge. The burglaries took place between Oct. 30 and Nov. 26, according to Kent Police. In one case, miscellaneous jewelry and electronics valued at more tahn $600 were reported stolen. The burglaries were reported in the following areas of Kent: Earlier this year, Cunard was found guilty of failing to send a child to a Kent elementary school and ordered to community service. For the full R-C story, click here.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Rachel A. Gauntner, who allegedly threatened to bring a gun to Davey Elementary, claims she is innocent.
Rachel A. Gauntner pled not guilty to aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Portage County Municipal Court on Feb. 28. The charge stems from a Jan. 31 incident where Gauntner, 33, of Kent, allegedly threatened to bring a gun to Davey Elementary School, according to Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha. Police initially charged Gauntner with felony menacing, but that charge was reduced to a misdemeanor during a Feb. 11 hearing. Despite prosecuting her on a lesser charge, the court has prohibited Gauntner from stepping onto Davey Elementary grounds and banned her from any contact with students. The same restrictions apply to Children's Advantage Counseling and Mental Health Center in Ravenna. Gauntner will appear before Portage County …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A 20-year-old Fairview Park woman was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital Tuesday after rolling off the hood of a moving car.
A 20-year-old Fairview Park woman was hospitalized at 12:09 p.m. Tuesday after being struck by an elderly driver on Summit Street. According to Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha, the 71-year-old Kent woman was driving eastbound on Summit and hit the young woman while turning into the Hickory Mills Apartments. The woman was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital and suffered what appeared to be minor injuries, according to the Kent Fire Department. "The accident is under investigation until (a Kent police) officer is able to speak with the pedestrian," said Prusha.