Where and why human trafficking is in Ohio

By Kathryn Monsewicz Ohio is ranked the fourth state with the highest number of calls to the human trafficking hotline, but whether that number accurately represents the crime’s existence in the state is up for debate. There are two types of human trafficking: sex and labor. Sex trafficking victims are often easier to identify than those in forced labor, said Michelle Gillcrist of the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission. “There are several misconceptions including that human trafficking only happens overseas,” she said. “Some people don’t think that it happens in the United States, in Ohio, or in their own community.” Human trafficking is happening worldwide, particularly through the worldwide

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New “Mobile” Method of Making Methamphetamine Adds a Twist to Police Work in Portage County

The Portage County Drug Task Force raided 211 meth labs in 2014, more than twice as many as the 87 meth labs found in 2013. Portage County has become one of the capitals of meth in the state of Ohio. The reason for the increase is a new, portable form of creating meth called “shake and bake,” which allows the methamphetamine to be made more quickly and more easily. All the components necessary for making meth are combined in a Two-liter soda bottle and shaken back and forth. Most of those components are common but sometimes toxic household chemicals such as cold pills, batteries, drain cleaner, and camping fuel. This

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Dangers of abandoned meth labs

Dangers of Meth Production from Jennifer Roberts on Vimeo. Methamphetamine production has been on the rise in Ohio for the past several years, especially in Summit County. In 2013 alone, police found 87 active or abandoned meth labs in the county. That’s less than half the number found the previous year, but Summit County still had the highest number in the state. Meth labs in Summit County | Create infographics The preferred method of cooking meth has also changed in recent years. The older styles of meth labs, clandestine and red phosphorous, are declining. The clandestine and red phosphorous methods require more equipment and take more time than the “one-pot”

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Methamphetamine Use on the Rise in Portage County

Methamphetamine production and use has increased in Portage County over the past three years, due in part to the rising popularity of “shake-and-bake” style meth. “Shake-and-bake” meth is produced by combining the chemical ingredients in a plastic bottle, typically a two-liter soda bottle, and shaking the bottle to mix them. The chemical ingredients to create meth are easily obtainable and include household items such as Coleman fuel, lithium batteries, and Sudafed, an over-the-counter decongestant. According to a report by the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network, survey participants reported the availability of meth as “10” on a scale of “0” (not available at all) to “10” (extremely easy to get). Shake-and-bake

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Emergency Campus Phones

  Kent State University provides emergency campus phones to keep students safe. Emergency 9-1-1 is accessible from any phone on campus, and is a single push button. Just like most city 9-1-1 systems,the call is connected with the appropriate police department and a computer displays the caller’s location. But how effective is it? The Kent State Police Department and parking services explains how sufficient they are. Emergency Campus Phones from Rachel Smeaton on Vimeo.     It is important for students to know where each phone is located in case of emergency purposes. Below is a link that shows the location of blue light and courtesy phones. Map of Kent

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School funding makes May 4 education difficult in local districts

By Katie Nix Forty-five years ago, the identity of the Kent community was changed forever when Ohio National Guardsmen fired into a crowd of protesting students and passersby. After four Kent State students were killed and nine were wounded, the events became known as May 4, branding the university and surrounding community for years to come. May 4 in local schools However, local children aren’t always educated about the events and their effects. “Our teachers wish they could do more but because of what the standards require in terms of time, there’s only so much that we can do,” said Karen Rumley, Kent City Schools director of instructional program. Rumley

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Kent State Not Informing Students About Rape

Video & Graph by Pamela Marotta, Story by Kristie Graybill, Photos & Video by Xiafan Li Kent State University is not informing students about rape that occurs in the dorms. According to Kent State’s Campus Safety, Security and Fire Safety Bulletin there were 7 sexual assault incidents that occurred in the residence halls in 2013. When a criminal incident or emergency happens on campus, a safety email or text message called a Flash Alert is sent to all the students at Kent State. In 2013 there were 30 Flash Alerts sent out and not one of them pertained to these sexual assault incidents last year. When asked if she feels that students deserve to

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Hiring, training process varies among police departments

Story by Tyler Singleton Video by Mike Drake Training to become a police officer from Michael Drake on Vimeo. In October of 1999, Jim Cunningham of the Akron Police Department responded alone to an aggravated robbery call on East Waterloo Road. Cunningham found and ordered the two suspects to the ground. One suspect fled the scene and the other proceeded to reach for his weapon. Cunningham said he almost fired his gun on the suspect, later identified as Charles Williams, a 13-year-old juvenile carrying a BB gun that resembled Akron Police Department’s service weapons. Cunningham received a commendation from the Akron Police Department because he “exhibited great restraint in not

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Increased Heroin Use Contributes to Overcrowding in Portage County Jail

Story by Jason Meek and Kelsey Leyva Video by Jennifer Roberts Portage County’s Drug Problem from Jennifer Roberts on Vimeo. Portage County Jail is experiencing severe overcrowding in the women’s section because of increased illegal drug use in northeast Ohio. Portage County Sheriff David Doak is concerned the jail could face a lawsuit if conditions don’t improve. “There was an overcrowding issue back in the 80s,” Doak said. “One of the inmates was complaining, and the sheriff got disgusted, and he said, ‘Well, if you don’t like it, sue me!’ So he did. He filed a federal lawsuit, and that’s how this building got here.” The costly lawsuit resulted in

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