City of Kent finishes parking meter installation

The citizens of Kent heard about the new parking meters when they were proposed, they saw their posts slowly make their way in front of many of the 2-hour parking spots lining the streets of downtown Kent, and now they are finally obligated to abide by them. The city of Kent entered an agreement with the parking meter contractor IPS Group on Nov. 14 of last year, assenting to the purchase of 230 brand new Smart Meters to be installed in downtown Kent. According to a press release on Sept 22, 2014 by kentohio.org, single-space meters will be installed in 225 of the 1,150 spaces downtown. The release states that

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Kent Police Department recovers from “Fake Patty’s Day”

By Mark Gockowski and Hannah Reed This past March the Kent City Police Department had their hands full after being blindsided by a yearly college party known as “Fake Patty’s Day.” On the morning of March 14th, Kent Police responded to numerous house parties on the streets surrounding Kent State University. Seven different officers issued 29 arrest summons throughout the day with five nuisance violations given out to residents on East College Avenue, University Street and North Lincoln Street. The previous few years, Fake Patty’s Day fell during spring break for the University, so the police department was understaffed and felt overwhelmed the morning of the daylong event. Assistant Dean

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Attorney General reimburses for foreclosure demolitions

By Mark Gockowski and Hannah Reed Back in April of 2012, State of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a launch of a new grant program that would assist neighborhoods in their economic recovery by removing abandoned properties to reclaim their street. The program was planned to have an impact on housing recovery, economic development and crime reduction in our local neighborhoods. According to investopedia.com, a foreclosure a situation in which a homeowner is unable to make full principal and interest payments on his/her mortgage. This situation allows the lender to seize the property, evict the homeowner and sell the home, as stipulated in the homeowners mortgage contract. $75 million

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Concealed Carry Report released, House Bill 234 passed

By Mark Gockowski and Hannah Reed The Concealed Carry Report, released by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Feb. 26, showed that 110,000 licenses to carry were issued or renewed in 2014. Ohio Democrats worry that the passing of House Bill 234 will cause this number to climb. House Bill 234 was passed on Dec. 19 of last year and loosens the rules for Ohio residents to obtain a concealed carry license. The bill requires less training from individuals looking to obtain their concealed carry license, as well as allowing some of the training to be online. The bill states that it “reduces the minimum hours requirements for a firearms

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City council meeting Feb. 18

By Mark Gockowski and Hannah Reed President Beverly Warren made an appearance at the Kent City Council meeting on Feb. 18, where she discussed Kent State University’s relationship with the city. Warren touched base on the status of her Presidential Listening Tour and her journey to find the “heart of Kent State.” She began the meeting with Kent State University Independent Films’ video “This is Kent” that let viewers take a look around all of the university’s new developments. Warren then thanked the members of Kent City Council for being so welcoming to Kent State students. “There are true highs and lows of being a college town, right?” Warren said

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Ward 5 Meet the Neighbors

Andreas Vitone, Tree City Coffee & Pastry “I got pulled over twice in the past month. The first time it was by a State Highway Patrolman, works for the state of Ohio, and was just like, ‘Where have you been?’ I was like, ‘I was at the bar.’ He was like, ‘Did you have any drinks?’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ And he gave me a quick sobriety test and it was over. “Then I got pulled over by a Kent Cop and he was like, ‘Have you done any drugs tonight?’ And I was like, ‘No.’ And he was like, ‘Do you have any drugs or weapons in the car?’ Like

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Annual Human Trafficking Report finds most cases ever in Ohio

Story by Hannah Reed and Mark Gockowski Video by Krandall Brantley | Create infographics Human trafficking is defined as the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. According to the U.S. Department of State, approximately 14,500 to 17,500 victims are trafficked into the U.S. every year. On Jan. 26 Attorney General Mike DeWine released the 2014 Human Trafficking Annual Report. The report stated that last year, law enforcement identified more potential cases of human trafficking than ever in Ohio and helped more victims get access to the right resources. DeWine addressed Ohioans at the start of the report. “In the past year,

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