A look at the number of unsolved cold homicides in Northeast Ohio

In Northeast, Ohio Summit County is the county with the highest number of unsolved homicides with a total of 171 since 1960, according to the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s website. “Since launching the database expansion, we have received dozens of tips regarding several of the listed cases,” said DeWine.  “We want to keep reminding Ohioans that it is never too late to come forward with information. Even information that might seem insignificant could be the detail that breaks a case.” Different types of cold cases* 1. Homicide: the deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another; murder. 2. Sexual Assault: any type of sexual contact or behavior that

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Portage County unemployment rate falls, a look at the rate over the last year

The unemployment rate in Portage County fell to 4.6 percent in the month of August. The lowest unemployment rate in the state of Ohio was Mercer County at three percent and the highest was Monroe County at 10.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. “The number of people working didn’t change a whole lot, “said Benjamin Johnson, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “The unemployment rate went down because there are more people working.” In just July of this year, the unemployment for the county was at 5.2 percent up 0.1 percent from the previous month. “The unemployment rate did not rise because

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City Council passes motion to create parallel parking on West Main Street Bridge

Kent City Council voted to change the parking on the West Main Street Bridge from diagonal to parallel with a possibility of meter parking in the future. On Oct. 1, Mayor Fiala and the rest of the council heard a motion to keep the parking as is with potential metered parking from Councilwoman Heidi Shaffer but that was quickly voted against. “Parking over in the west river has not been well or completely managed and there is a lot of parking needs over there,” said Doug Fuller, owner of the West River Place building. “The bridge is part of those parking needs and I would hate to see them go.”

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City Council votes on adding a pocket park in downtown Kent

The Community Development Committee of the Kent City Council voted to 8-0 to start plans for a pocket park between Bar145 and Landmark Building, framed by Erie Street and Lock Lane. A pocket park is a very small park or outdoor area for public leisure, especially an urban plaza or courtyard with benches and fountains, according to dictionary.com. The plans are still being finalized right now and should be done within four to eight weeks. “The prominent features that have been proposed are: urban swings, a gaming area, benches, trees and a stage,” said Jim Bowling, superintendent of engineering for the city of Kent. During a Community Development Committee meeting

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Justice Department sues Kent State University for violating the Fair Housing Act

The U.S. Justice department is suing the university, several university officials and its board of trustees for violating the Fair Housing Act because of discrimination against students with disabilities in student housing. The Fair Housing Act, adopted in 1968 and amended in 1988, makes it unlawful to refuse to make reasonable housing accommodations because of a resident’s disability, race, color, national origin, religion, sex or familial status, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) website. The university and its employees refused to allow students with psychological or emotional disabilities to have assistance animals in university housing, according to the lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court

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