Saturday, February 23, 2013
Patch corresponded with Kent Police Capt. Paul Canfield to find out more on the rising prices of guns and ammo, and how it affects the local police department.
The aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting has led to a push for stricter gun control laws, which, in turn, has caused U.S. consumers to buy and stockpile guns and ammunition that may one day be unavailable or illegal. Given the higher demand, prices on guns and ammunition have risen, and local police departments aren't immune to these economic trends. However, it's not just the Newtown, Conn., massacre or recent legislative proposals that have affected prices and backlogged orders; so to find out more on the issue, Patch corresponded via email with Kent Police Capt. Paul Canfield. Here's what he had to say: Kent Patch: Is the Kent Police Department paying more for ammunition following the Sandy Hook tragedy? Paul Canfield: …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Anyone with leads or information regarding the robbery is asked to contact the Kent Police Detective Bureau at 330-673-7733.
Kent police detectives are still trying to track down a masked man who robbed Darque Zone Tanning earlier this month. According to police, the robber walked into the tanning salon at about noon on Feb. 1, claimed he had a weapon and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. He then fled the East Main Street tanning salon in a black Mazda 6. Police said the man is white, about 5'10" and weighs roughly 160 lbs. He's wanted on aggravated robbery charges. Anyone with leads or information regarding the robbery is asked to contact the Kent Police Detective Bureau at 330-673-7733, according to Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha. Anonymous tips can be submitted at www.kentpd.org.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha and Cuyahoga Falls Police Capt. Jack Davis provide a list of signs that could indicate drug activity in your neighborhood.
The thing about drug operations is they can be set up anywhere, anytime. And occasionally, it's not just police officers that work to find the bad guys. It may all boil down to a tip given by an observant resident. Here are some things to watch for regarding suspicious neighborhood drug activity, according to Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha and Cuyahoga Falls Police Capt. Jack Davis: After a report is provided, it may not always result in a drug arrest as some tips simply lead to dead ends, said Davis. At times, it takes sufficient evidence or a prolonged investigation, so be patient and keep a watchful, yet inconspicuous eye on suspicious neighbors, he said. Anyone that suspects ongoing drug activity in Kent should contact the Portage County …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Rachel A. Gauntner, who allegedly threatened to bring a gun to Davey Elementary, appeared in Portage County Municipal Court Friday.
Rachel A. Gauntner appeared in Portage County Municipal Court on Friday after spending the last week in jail for allegedly threatening to bring a gun to Davey Elementary School. During the preliminary hearing, Judge Barbara Watson prohibited Gauntner, 33, of Kent, from stepping on Davey's grounds and banned her from any contact with students, according to the Portage County Municipal Clerk of Courts Office. The same restrictions apply to Children's Advantage Counseling and Mental Health Center in Ravenna, Watson ordered. Gauntner was released on her own recognizance, and will remain out of jail, for the time being, so long as the court's conditions are met. Gauntner is charged with aggravated menacing, a fifth-degree felony, and is set…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Kent police say Rachel A. Gauntner was charged with aggravated menacing on Feb. 1 after threatening to bring a gun to the school.
A 33-year-old Kent woman is in jail and awaiting trial after allegedly threatening to bring a gun to Davey Elementary School last week. According to Kent police, Rachel A. Gauntner issued the violent threat on Jan. 31 while airing criticisms to a teacher about the level of education her special needs son was receiving. The teacher and another eyewitness reported Gauntner even referenced the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, said Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha. However, the teacher waited until the next morning (Feb. 1) to report the threat, saying she wanted to check with the school’s administration on how to proceed. “I think I understand with her working in the school system that she might want to run it by some co-workers…but, …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Four men were arrested over the weekend in connection with multiple car thefts and car break-ins.
Kent police arrested several suspects over the weekend that allegedly contributed to a small crime wave involving property damage, car break-ins and car thefts, the Record Courier reports. Devin E. Reynolds, 18, of Kent, was arrested for allegedly stealing a car on Friday; Robert M. Myers, 18, of Franklin Township, was arrested for allegedly stealing three cars over the last four weeks; Thomas P. Morrin, 18, of Kent, was arrested in connection with Myers’ crimes, plus other offenses; and Shawn M. Greene, 20, of Kent, was arrested for allegedly lighting a car on fire and for breaking into several vehicles. The suspects were charged with multiple felony counts and are being held in Portage County Jail. For more to the story, refer to …
Police say the masked man fled in a black Mazda 6 following Friday's robbery.
A robber remains on the loose after holding up Darque Zone Tanning on Feb 1. According to Kent police, the masked man walked into the tanning salon at about noon on Friday, claimed he had a weapon and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. He then fled the East Main Street location in a black Mazda 6. Police said the man is white, about 5'10" and weighs roughly 160 lbs. He wore a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a ski mask. He's wanted on aggravated robbery charges. Anyone with leads or information regarding the robbery is asked to contact Kent police at 330-673-7732. Anonymous tips can be submitted at www.kentpd.org.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
All information is according to Kent Police and the Portage County Clerk of Courts
Editor's note: this article was updated with corrected information Jan. 28. A Kent couple has pleaded not guilty to charges of leaving a 3-year-old girl home alone. Kent Police arrested Elizabeth J. Sanderson, 24, and Trevor S. Thompson, 25, both of 1846 Mohican Place, Jan. 19 and charged them both with one count of child endangering, a first-degree misdemeanor. The boyfriend and girlfriend were charged with leaving Thompson's daughter home alone for an extended period of time, according to Portage County court records. Police allege that both Sanderson and Thompson were found drunk by officers. Each entered pleas of not guilty in Portage County Municipal Court Judge Barb Oswick's courtroom Thursday. Both were released from jail on …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Driver cited for failing to maintain assured clear distance
A Kent Police officer is recovering today after being involved in a minor car crash on North Mantua Street. Kent Police Officer Kathleen Glass was rear-ended in her police cruiser while driving south on North Mantua Street Wednesday. Kent Police Lt. James Prusha said the accident happened in the 100 block of North Mantua Street shortly after 9 p.m. "She had to stop because a car in front of her slowed down to turn into a driveway," Prusha said. Police cited Kent business owner Michael Beder for failing to maintain assured clear distance, a minor misdemeanor, after striking Glass' patrol car from behind. Prusha said Glass had to be taken to an area hospital after the accident with non-life threatening injuries. Glass will be off duty for an…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Mogadore Road property to be considered as location for new safety building
City administrators will examine the feasibility of building a new police station for the Kent Police Department on the former RB&W brown field on Mogadore Road. Kent City Councilman John Kuhar made the suggestion at Wednesday's council meeting that city officials review the idea of using part of the close to 18 acre property for a new police building. "We would not be displacing anybody," Kuhar said. "We own it, so we would not have to buy the real estate, and it’s centrally located. The savings would be tremendous." City officials have been trying to determine how to replace the aging police station after voters denied a proposed 0.25 percent income tax hike, placed on the November ballot, that would have paid to build a new police …