As Drug Usage Increase, is a Drug Court Necessary in Portage County?

The recurring drug problem in the city of Kent and Portage County continues to grow. City officials have been assessing the recent drug activity and the question posed to help curb the illegal activity might be to establish a specialized court in Portage County. “There is certainly a drug problem in the city of Kent,” said Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha. The Kent Police Department makes drug arrests “pretty frequently,” says Prusha. According to the Kent Police Department, there were 137 drug violations in Kent during the 2012-2013 school year, and 103 drug violations during the 2013-2014 school year. With 62 drug violations so far this semester, the city is

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Republican Becky Doherty elected as Common Pleas Judge

Republican Becky Doherty defeated democrat Eugene Muldowney for the judge seat in the Portage County Court of Common Pleas General Division.   Doherty won the seat with 55.76 percent of votes, according to the Portage County Board of Elections. “No one works harder than Becky, she has been pounding the pavement for three long weeks,” said Tia Paoloni, campaign manager for Doherty. “The voters came out, and her hard work payed off.” Doherty is a Chief Criminal Prosecutor with the Republican Party. Doherty attended the University of Akron School of Law and has 22 years of trial experience. She has more than 200 jury trial experiences and prosecuted thousands of

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Common Pleas Court Judge, General Division

On Nov. 4 the city of Kent will elect a candidate for the judge seat in the Portage County Court of Common Pleas General Division. Becky Doherty Race: Common Pleas Court judge Party: Republican Background: Becky Doherty is a Chief Criminal Prosecutor with the Republican Party. Doherty attended the JD University of Akron School of Law and has 22 years of trial experience. “I have tried over 200 jury trials and have been a prosecutor for 22 years,” said Doherty. “I am the most qualified person for this job.” She has worked with violent crime and organized crime units, and also as a drug task force prosecutor. Doherty is a

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Thefts in Kent are slowly on the decline but statistics seem staggering

The city of Kent is on pace for an estimated 320 thefts this school year, but the Kent Police Department and Kent State University Police Department aim to bring down the criminal activity while keeping the community safe. Thefts are slowly on the decline in the city of Kent, however, there was 21 on-campus thefts in just the first week of school, and 46 occurred in the city of Kent from Aug.26 to Oct. 3 of this current semester. The two police departments use joint jurisdiction to aid and assist each other within the regulated areas. Joint jurisdiction is mutually beneficially for both departments when illegal activity occurs. For example,

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Downtown parking main concern at Wednesday’s city council meeting

Kent City Council met Wednesday night and discussed an abundant amount of housekeeping issues that was centered around downtown parking. City Council passed a 5-2 vote to include possible parallel parking on the W. Main Street bridge. The discussion about the bridge between council members was divided, as was other issues that were on the agenda. W. Main Street bridge, parking meters, sidewalks and other changes to the city’s parking ordinances headlined the opposition between council members. “We made a bunch of changes downtown since 2007. It seems appropriate to have a review today,” said City Manager David Ruller. Beauty vs. Utilization  The debate between making areas of downtown Kent

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The city of Kent selects location of new police station despite criticism from property owners

The new Kent Police Department will be located between College Street and Depeyster Street, across from the fire station. The city has been busy purchasing multiple properties on College Street although with some dismay from property owners. Despite some criticism from property owners, the new location will be necessary for police to do their job more efficiently. “It’s centrally located, and that helps in the case of emergency,” said police Lt. Jim Prusha. The new police station isn’t scheduled to be finished until spring 2017, but the long wait will be filled with the city spending a lot of money in an effort to improve downtown Kent. “We are starting to

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Kent Police have to wait longer than expected for new station

The Kent Police Department is scheduled to receive its new building in spring 2017, although prior estimate was 2016. The City of Kent’s Public Service Department is heading the project with a team of design and engineering workers in an effort to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the new police station. Eugene Roberts, Director of Public Service, is part of the team to bring in a new, environmentally friendly police building. Originally the building was supposed to be a 12-month design project, but it’s being pushed back due to the long process of acquiring the necessary LEED certification. All new Kent City Municipal buildings

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