City of Kent’s plan for Halloween during COVID-19 pandemic

KENT, Ohio — The City of Kent Trick-or-Treat event and annual Halloween party are coming up, and with the COVID-19 risk level increasing in Portage County, the Kent Police Department and Health Department plan to ensure everyone taking part in the festivities this year stays safe. Every year, the city of Kent gets a little spooky for the first popular holiday of the fall season. As Halloween creeps closer, friends and families visit orchards, haunted houses and corn mazes, decorate their houses and carve pumpkins that are later set out on their front porch steps.  Although many of these activities are fun and attached to yearly traditions, due to the

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Kent bar popularity determined by image and location

Story by Chelsey Milkovich and Martin Harp Video by Jenson Strock The city of Kent offers locals and students alike a variety of bars to visit downtown. Over the last few years of renovations and development, the growth of the city has changed, shifting popularity from Franklin Avenue to South Water Street causing establishments to relocate or shut down. Mike Beder, owner of Water Street Tavern and Venice Cafe said there is a noticeable difference in walk in bar traffic at both locations. Venice Cafe, located at the corner of Erie and Franklin, sees a smaller population as compared to Water Street Tavern, located on South Water Street. Since 2001,

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OVI Offenses in Kent Decrease

In a college town, the downtown scene is often buzzing on the weekend and despite driver education, some motorists still choose to get behind the wheel after one too many drinks. But the number of intoxicated drivers in Kent has drastically decreased recently. In 2013, there were 188 OVI offenses in Kent compared to 295 in 2008. That’s a 36% decrease over the course of just five years. And the number is still continuing to fall. As of November 26, there were 154 DUI offenses in Kent, with only 35 days remaining in the year. But the number of OVI offenses isn’t the only thing falling. Jim Swanson of Townhall

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How Safe is Downtown Kent?

Two months ago a twenty-year-old Kent State student was assaulted in downtown Kent after getting into a fight outside of Bar 145 downtown suffering severe lacerations to the face and other injuries. For those who heard about the assault it raises the question of safety in downtown Kent. It’s been four years since two men died as the result of a bar fight in downtown Kent. Dayton native, 22-year-old Christopher M. Kernich was fatally beaten in November of 2009 and a Delaware man, 28-year-old John T. White died three months later from the injuries he received in a beating in downtown Kent. Both were Kent State University students who died

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Beer Prices Foam Up

Starting in January, buying that ice cold beer may leave a bigger dent in your wallet. According to the Billings Gazette, majority of the United States barley crop is grown in North Dakota, Idaho, and Montana. Due to an abnormal amount of rainfall in these states in August, the barley was over-saturated and began to germinate early. According to the National Climate Data Center, North Dakota was one of the wettest states last year. And according to Outside, the barley germinated more than fifty percent. This is a big problem for large brew companies, such as Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, who only use barley that have one or two percent

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Mr. Zub’s Deli and Bar 145 are downtown kent’s top health violators

When biting into a tuna sandwich, the average consumer is not questioning whether the fish was stored properly or the sandwich maker washed his hands. Determining that is the job of health inspectors, who check restaurants to make sure they are preparing food in a safe way. In downtown Kent, these inspections have revealed both heavy violators and model restaurateurs. Search to see violations at downtown restaurants The top violators Kent Chief Public Health Sanitarian Justin Smith said violations are classified as critical or non-critical depending on severity. Critical violations are situations that could cause a foodborne illness if not corrected. “Just because it’s a critical violation, doesn’t mean someone’s

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Assaults in Downtown Kent

An assault is “carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm”, according to Wikipedia. Under Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 2903.13 Assault, no person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to another or to another’s unborn and no person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to another or to another’s unborn.It is considered a first degree misdemeanor except in certain circumstances. Here in Kent, Ohio, the number of assault incidents in downtown are not alarming to the Kent Police Department. TV2’s Alaina Altieri has the number of incidents and how the police keep downtown safe.     The most

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The city of Kent prepares for Halloween weekend

Every year during the Halloween weekend, the Kent Police Department and the city of Kent take precaution. It’s an eventful weekend, but also can be very dangerous. During the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, a total of 86 calls were made to the police department and 36 to the fire department. The Kent Police Department made 46 total arrests, seven of those being disorderly conduct. For the Halloween festivities, eight to 10 cars, with two officers in each, take patrol around the city of Kent. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is also increased during this time. There are approximately 40 officers from Kent Police Department, the Summit and Portage

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Fire Department conducts surprise inspections, spreads safety to Kent bars

The Kent Fire Prevention Bureau conducted a surprise inspection downtown Thursday night, checking the capacity of crowded bars to see if business owners obeyed the threshold limit. Fire Prevention Officers Lieutenant Jamie Samels and Lieutenant Jeff Coffee began their inspection at 11 p.m. and concluded around 3 a.m., checking the exits, lighting and capacity of bars including Bar 145, 157 Lounge, Panini’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings. “Employees should be counting as people enter and exit, and they have to know how many people they’re allowed to have inside,” Samels said. “So if I ask how many people are inside and they say they’re not counting, that’s the wrong answer.” Surprise

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Winter break effects on downtown Kent

Kent’s uptown is always filled with both residents and students, but what happens to business when many students leave for Winter Break? [rpavideo caption=” Reporter Kyle Heintzelman looks at how downtown businesses prepare for winter break in an empty college town.”]Development_Heintzelman[/rpavideo] Kent’s uptown businesses stay especially vitalized while Kent State students attend classes during their Spring and Fall semesters. However, many students leave the city when winter break arrives. Local shops, bars and restaurants have different experiences in business during the holiday season. Kent’s Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lori Wemhoff says there is a noticeable difference uptown when the Spring semester officially ends. “The foot traffic definitely lessens when

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