Health department can issue fines under new ordinance passed by Kent City Council

By Sarah Limas and Chris Ramos Kent City Council passed an ordinance during their Oct. 7 meeting, which gives the health commissioner the ability to shut down gatherings that exceed 10 non-household members and issue civil fines. In recent weeks, Kent State has had to quarantine dorms in response to the increase of cases occurring on campus. Meanwhile, Portage County has remained at level three for the risk of COVID-19 spread. There has been concern surrounding off-campus housing and large gatherings, which was previously referred to as being the most significant factor in the increase of new cases involving people under the age of 29 by Gov. Mike DeWine.  In

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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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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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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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